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Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Rajan Menon is Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science at the Powell School, City College of New York/City University of New York, Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and the author, most recently, of The End of Alliances. He is completing a book on humanitarian intervention and is a regular contributor to nationalinterest.org. Eugene Rumer is a Senior Associate and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Book Readings, March 02, 2015, 03/02/2015, Rajan Menon and Eugene B. Rumer diacuss their book Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order
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Have you ever wanted to sneak behind the curtain of some of Broadway's greatest hits including Wicked, Rent, and A Chorus Line? Musical theater historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper visits to discuss her beloved book series. Tepper has tirelessly collected hundreds of rarely heard stories from the people who bring The Great White Way to life each night, including producers, actors, stagehands, writers, musicians, dressers, designers, ushers, and door men. Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line), Jose Llana (Here Lies Love, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Taylor Trensch (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Matilda) join Tepper for a fun and fascinating evening that will forever change the way you look at Broadway's historic theaters.
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Book Readings, March 02, 2015, 03/02/2015, Jennifer Ashley Tepper reads from her book The Untold Stories of Broadway
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Iconic downtown novelist, journalist, filmmaker, and visual artist Gary Indiana reads from his seventh novel, now in a brand new second edition from ITNA Press. Faced with photos of a once-tumultuous New York art world, the narrator's mind in this scathing, darkly funny novel begins to erupt. Memories jostle for center stage, just as those that they are about always did. These brilliant but broken survivors of the '80s and '90s have now reached the brink of middle age and are facing the challenge of continuing to feel authentic.
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Book Readings, March 02, 2015, 03/02/2015, Gary Indiana reads from his book Do Everything in the Dark
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Cryptographer and computer security specialist Bruce Schneier introduces his book and offers necessary guidance to safeguard your identity in the twenty-first century.
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Book Readings, March 02, 2015, 03/02/2015, Bruce Schneier discusses his book Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World
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Rarely has a film captured the love of the movie-going public in the way that The Sound of Music did. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate fan book with all the inside scoop with behind-the-scenes stories and new interviews.
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Book Readings, March 02, 2015, 03/02/2015, Tom Santopietro reads from his book The Sound of Music Story
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It's dangerous enough when an ordinary college girl turns confidential informant. Even more dangerous when she's smarter than the killer, kingpins, and cops who control her.
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Book Readings, March 03, 2015, 03/03/2015, Duane Swierczynski reads from his book Canary
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This month's theme, " PARA...NORMAL (3.0)" is the third annual celebration of boogeymen, chupacabras, monsters under the bed and haunted houses and will feature performers Gail Thomas, Courtney Weber and Barbara Aliprantis. Curated and hosted by author / storyteller Michele Carlo. The show will also include a "Magic Hat Open-Mic" where audience members can sign up for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own story.
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Open Mike Readings, March 03, 2015, 03/03/2015, Super Storytellers
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Inimitable author Dave Barry makes a return visit with his amusing new essay.
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Book Signings, March 03, 2015, 03/03/2015, Dave Barry signs copies of his book Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)
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Award-winning author Gabrielle Zevin brings us her charming and witty story of love, life and books.
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Book Readings, March 03, 2015, 03/03/2015, Gabrielle Zevin reads from her book The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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This evening we welcome the 2014 Discover Great New Writers Finalists. Joining us tonight will be Bryce Andrews, Molly Antopol, Caitlin Doughty, Will Harlan and Arna Bontemps Hemenway.
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Book Readings, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, 2014 Discover Great New Writers Finalists
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No country feels China’s rise more deeply than Japan. Through intricate case studies of visits by politicians to the Yasukuni Shrine, conflicts at the East China Sea boundary, concerns about food safety, and strategies of island defense, Sheila A. Smith explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China.
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Book Readings, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Sheila A. Smith discusses her book Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China
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Nearly one third of the world's Jewish population immigrated to new lands between the late 1700s and the 1920s. Whether leaving Europe, North Africa or the Ottoman Empire, and arriving in the United States, Great Britain, South Africa or Latin America, what bound them together was their experience as peddlers. NYU historian Hasia Diner relays their story, and Nancy Foner, CUNY Graduate Center sociologist, explores connections to immigration today.
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Book Readings, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Hasia Diner discusses her book Roads Taken
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Author Edward Mendelson is joined by New York Review of Books founder and editor Edwin Frank in a discussion of Mendelson's new book.
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Book Readings, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Edward Mendelson reads from his book Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
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Joseph Kanon, bestselling author of Istanbul Passage, brings us a sweeping, atmospheric novel of postwar East Berlin, a city caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation.
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Book Readings, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Joseph Kanon reads from his book Leaving Berlin
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David Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He previously served as a Senior Adviser and Foreign Affairs expert to the US Department of State. He has held numerous positions in academia and at think-tanks. He was, for example, Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies. Phillips is author of many books and articles. He recently published The Kurdish Spring: A New Map for the Middle East. Previous books include From Bullets for Ballots: Violent Muslim Movements in Transition, and Losing Iraq: Inside the Post-War Reconstruction Fiasco.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, David Phillips discusses his book The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East
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Widely considered to be the pantheon of single-panel cartooning, The New Yorker cartoonists’ styles are richly varied, and their personal stories are surprising. For example, did you know that Arnie Levin is a seventy-three-year-old former Beatnik painter with a handlebar mustache and a back decorated by Japan’s foremost tattoo artists? Richard Gehr’s book features fascinating biographical profiles of such artists as Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, Lee Lorenz, and Edward Koren. Along with a dozen such profiles, Gehr provides a brief history of The New Yorker cartoon itself, touching on the lives and work of earlier illustrating wits, including Charles Addams, James Thurber, and William Steig.
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Book Readings, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Richard Gehr discusses his book I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker's Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists
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Food consumption is a significant and complex social activity—and what a society chooses to feed its children reveals much about its tastes and ideas regarding health. In this groundbreaking historical work, Amy Bentley explores how the invention of commercial baby food shaped American notions of infancy and influenced the evolution of parental and pediatric care.
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Book Readings, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Amy Bentley discusses her book Inventing Baby Food
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Joseph O’Neill is the author of Netherland, 2009 winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. His most recent novel is The Dog.
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Book Readings, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Joseph O’Neill reads from his book The Dog
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Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, offers readers a way to understand the world and help solve its problems through a holistic approach to well-being and development.
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Book Readings, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Jeffrey D. Sachs reads from his book The Age of Sustainable Development
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Sessums chronicles his early days in New York as an actor, his years working for Andy Warhol, nights of anonymous sex, his HIV positive diagnosis and his descent into addiction. And most importantly, how he found peace.
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Book Readings, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Kevin Sessums reads from his book I Left It on the Mountain
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A Kundiman fellow, Tarfia Faizullah’s book “Seam” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014) was the winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Open Series in Poetry First Book Award. Associate editor of Callaloo, Vievee Francis is the author of two collections of poetry,most recently “Horse in the Dark,” winner of the Cave Canem/Northwestern University Prize (Northwestern University, 2012). Thomas Q. Morin’s first book “A Larger Country” won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. His translation of Pablo Neruda’s “The Heights of Macchu Picchu” is out now from Copper Canyon Press.
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Poetry Readings, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Tarfia Faizullah / Vievee Francis / Tomás Q. Morin
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Pistalo's biographical novel of acclaimed Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla delves beyond Tesla's professional contributions, focusing on his early life and high-profile events that influenced his career.
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Book Readings, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Vladimir Pistalo reads from his book Tesla: A Portrait with Masks
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Welcome filmmaker, entrepreneur and author Joe Cross. He directed, produced and was the subject of the award-winning documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. He'll be here tonight discuss his new book.
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Book Readings, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Joe Cross reads from his book Reboot with Joe: Fully Charged: 7 Keys to Losing Weight, Staying Healthy and Thriving
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The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases the student talent of NYU's graduate Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. Kate Zambreno’s widely acclaimed was reissued by Harper Perennial in 2014.
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Book Readings, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Kate Zambreno reads from her book Green Girl
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Join Dr. Terry Wahls and Chad Vaccarino singer/songwriter with A Great Big World. There will also be a performance of the band's hit songs.
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Book Readings, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Terry Wahls reads from her book The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
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Ella Woodward is the author of the popular food blog DeliciouslyElla.com.
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Book Readings, March 09, 2015, 03/09/2015, Ella Woodward discusses her book Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes
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With: Maggie Nelson is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. Rebecca Reilly is the author of Repetition, a poetry memoir, published by Four Way Books in Spring 2015. She teaches writing at The New School, where she was a founding editor of LIT, and has taught at The University of Paris, Nanterre, and Parsons Paris.
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Poetry Readings, March 09, 2015, 03/09/2015, An Evening of Lyric Memoir/Poetic Autobiography
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, March 09, 2015, 03/09/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Cohen's extended family memoir of the exodus of his Lithuanian ancestors to South Africa during the turn of the twentieth century.
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Book Readings, March 09, 2015, 03/09/2015, Roger Cohen reads from his book The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family
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Join fashion, lifestyle, and arts journalist Nichelle Gainer for a presentation of her new book. This stunning publication’s historic photographs and insightful biographies tell the stories of black women of the 20th century — actors, dancers, writers, and entertainers — who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. A book signing will follow the presentation.
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Book Signings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, Nichelle Gainer discusses her book Vintage Black Glamour
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This evening welcome the founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, Hannah Brencher.
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Book Readings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, Hannah Brencher discusses her book If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers
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In 2003, Crosby, a professor of English and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University, broke her neck in a bicycle accident. She grapples directly with the physical deficits of quadriplegia suddenly encountered at age 50 and refuses to look away from the rawness of grief over the loss of her active, athletic life. The book is an exploration of embodiment that reaches back to the author’s childhood as a tomboy in small-town Pennsylvania, her brother’s life with (and death from) multiple sclerosis, and the feminist and gay liberation movements of the 1970s that were, for her, thrilling life affirmations. In the end, queer commitments create life-sustaining possibility lived in an undone body.
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Book Readings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, Christina Crosby discussess her book Body Undone: Living on After Great Pain
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Clark Coolidge is the author of more than forty books of poetry and other writings, including Space, Solution Passage, The Crystal Text, At Egypt, Now It’s Jazz: Writings on Kerouac &amp; The Sounds, The Act of Providence, and, most recently, 88 Sonnets and A Book Beginning What and Ending Away. Edmund Berrigan was born in Colchester, England, and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He received a BA in Literature from State University of New York at Purchase and has since lived in San Francisco and Brooklyn. He is the author of two books of poetry—Disarming Matter (Owl Press, 1999) and Glad Stone Children (Farfalla, 2008)—and a multi-genre memoir, Can It! (Letter Machine Editions, 2013).
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Poetry Readings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, Readings in Contemporary Poetry: Clark Coolidge / Edmund Berrigan
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Hodgman is interviewed by Heller McAlpin, NPR book reviewer, in a discussion of Hodgman's new memoir in which a son leaves Manhattan for Paris to care for his ailing mother who doesn't accept that he is gay.
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Book Readings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, George Hodgman reads from his book Bettyville
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Bestselling author Dennis Lehane returns with a psychologically and morally complex novel of crime, passion and vengeance. Set in Cuba and Ybor City, Florida during World War II, Joe Coughlin must confront the cost of his criminal past.
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Book Readings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, Dennis Lehane reads from his book World Gone By
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Cops, criminals, and NYC—award-winning author Richard Price, returns to these themes in his new book. Dennis Lehane wrote, "Whether you call it a crime novel or a mystery novel or a giraffe with polka dots is largely irrelevant--The Whites is, simply put, a great American novel." Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers, discusses his new detective story with Henry Chang, author of an acclaimed series of Chinatown-based crime novels.
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Book Readings, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, Richard Price reads from his book The Whites
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Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in the categories of: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Tonight, finalists will read from their work.
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Book Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, National Book Critics Circle Reading 2015
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Daniel Lee is a historian; postdoctoral fellow, University of Oxford; visiting fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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Book Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, Daniel Lee discusses his book Pétain’s Jewish Children: French Jewish Youth and the Vichy Regime, 1940-1942
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The undergraduate Creative Writing Gallery Prize winner and finalists will read their poems and prose in response to the exhibition The Left Front. Introduced by Darin Strauss, Creative Writing faculty contest judge.
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Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, Readings: Creative Writing Gallery Prize
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Worn Stories showcases clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers, revealing the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past. Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova, who celebrated the book as a 2014-favorite, interviews Spivack. Artist Andrew Kuo and other book contributors share their stories.
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Book Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, Emily Spivack discusses her book Worn Stories
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English biographer Andrew Morton, author of books on Diana, Princess of Wales, Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, among others, reveals secrets in his new book.
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Book Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, Andrew Morton reads from his book 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
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After experiencing early commercial and critical success, painter Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) became a hermit, spending the rest of his life in his hometown of Philadelphia, painting idea-based portraits like no others. Thia book excerpts 15 years of conversations between Chimes and art collector Mari Shaw about the arts, philosophy, alchemy, the unconscious, and living and dying courageously.
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Book Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, Mari Shaw reads from her book Painter and Pataphysician: Thomas Chimes
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Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in the categories of: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism.
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Book Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony 2015
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Hers is the show business saga you think you already know--but you ain't seen nothin' yet. Rose Thompson Hovick, mother of June Havoc and Gypsy Rose Lee, went down in theatrical history as "The Stage Mother from Hell" after her immortalization on Broadway in Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Yet the musical was 75 percent fictionalized by playwright Arthur Laurents, tailored to fit the larger-than-life personality of Broadway star Ethel Merman, and condensed for the stage.
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Book Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, Carolyn Quinn discusses her book Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mother
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Ron Padgett is the the author of over 20 collections of poetry, most recently “Collected Poems” (Coffee House, 2013), winner of the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.
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Poetry Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, Ron Padgett, Award-Winning Poet
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The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis offers readers what Garry Wills predicts for the upcoming years under the leadership of the church's charismatic new Pope.
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Book Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills reads from his book The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis
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Bestselling author Lynne Truss brings us the story of a librarian who's lost it all: his job, his wife and his sister. Overcome, he stands in his sister's kitchen staring at the only witness to what's happened to her, her cat. Who then speaks to him...
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Book Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, Lynne Truss reads from her book Cat Out of Hell
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2014 MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes is the author of four previous collections of poetry including “Lighthead,” winner of the 2010 National Book Award. His fifth collection “How to Be Drawn” is forthcoming this March (Penguin Books, 2015).
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Poetry Readings, March 13, 2015, 03/13/2015, Terrance Hayes, Award-Winning Poet
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The book that more than 12 million YouTube subscribers have been waiting for! Shane Dawson's memoir features twenty original essays uncensored yet surprisingly sweet.
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Book Readings, March 13, 2015, 03/13/2015, Shane Dawson reads from his book I Hate Myselfie
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Robert Storr will give brief introductory remarks on Philip Guston and the book.
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Book Signings, March 13, 2015, 03/13/2015, Robert Storr discusses the book Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston
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Darcey Steinke, faculty, Writing Program, is the author most recently of the novel, Sister Golden Hair. Her memoir is Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury 2007, a New York Times Notable book) and her novels include Milk (Bloomsbury 2005), Jesus Saves (Grove/Atlantic, 1997), Suicide Blonde (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992), and Up Through the Water (Doubleday, 1989, a New York Times Notable book.) With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown 1997).
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Readings, March 16, 2015, 03/16/2015, Fiction Forum: Darcey Steinke
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In this lecture, Phillips explores the tremendous force of obsessive love in women's lives. She argues that it needs to be understood, respected, and channeled for personal growth- yet it also has the potential to go terribly awry.
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Book Readings, March 16, 2015, 03/16/2015, Lisa A. Phillips discusses her book Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession
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James Grissom shares the stage with his Knopf editor, Victoria Wilson, in a discussion of his new book.
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Book Readings, March 16, 2015, 03/16/2015, James Grissom reads from his book Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
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Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker is a Full Professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky and the founding editor of Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts &amp; Culture. A Cave Canem Fellow and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, he is the author of six collections of poetry including, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry; and Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award. Saretta Morgan received her BA in Creative Writing at Columbia University and has since been trying to put words to meaningful use. Her fiction is forthcoming in J Journal: New Writing on Justice. In Fall 2014, she joins the inaugural class of the Graduate Program in Writing at Pratt Institute.
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Poetry Readings, March 17, 2015, 03/17/2015, Poetry: Sarah Gambito / Saretta Morgan / Frank X Walker
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Poetry Readings, March 17, 2015, 03/17/2015, The Poets of Knopf
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How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?
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Book Signings, March 17, 2015, 03/17/2015, Former congressman Barney Frank signs copies of his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
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Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995, and has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics: American politics, higher education, violence in football, gay rights and his own life as a gay man in a close-knit family. He is the author of two best-sellers: a 2009 memoir, Born Round; and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History. An audience Q&amp;A and book-signing will follow.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Times columnist Frank Bruni discusses his book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
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Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Mike Lydon discusses his book Tactical Urbanism
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Cops, criminals, and NYC—award-winning author Richard Price, returns to these themes in his new book. Dennis Lehane wrote, "Whether you call it a crime novel or a mystery novel or a giraffe with polka dots is largely irrelevant--The Whites is, simply put, a great American novel." Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers, discusses his new detective story with Henry Chang, author of an acclaimed series of Chinatown-based crime novels.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Richard Price reads from his book The Whites
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A riveting biography of the most important architect of the twentieth century Le Corbusier — a man who invented new ways of building and thinking. Modern Man is a penetrating psychological portrait of a true genius and constant self-inventor, as well as a sweeping tale filled with exotic locales, sex and celebrity (he was a lover of Josephine Baker), and high-stakes projects.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Anthony Flint discusses his book Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow
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Jill Ciment’s books have been hailed as “stunning,” “powerful,” and “provocative.” Alice Sebold has called her works “beautifully written.” Now the author of Heroic Measures (“Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page.” —Ann Patchett; “Brave, generous, nearly perfect.” —Los Angeles Times) has given us a contemporary noir novel that starts out a comedy of errors and turns darker at every hairpin turn.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Jill Ciment reads from her book Act of God
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Bill Tipper interviews author James Hannaham about his southern Gothic novel.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, James Hannaham reads from his book Delicious Foods
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After years of research as a psychologist, Stacey Radin brings us an empowering guide to cultivating confident, passionate and powerful young leaders during the most formative stage of life: the middle school years.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Stacey Radin reads from her book Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders
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Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo were an explosive couple. He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. He romanticized Detroit. She rejected it. But what they shared was a belief in communism, a thirst for tequila and a passion for each other.
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Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Mark Rosenthal reads from his book Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit
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Fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit is as much a celebrity as the people she photographs. Now she presents a pictorial history of the great couturier Yves Saint Laurent. Included are intimate views of life backstage at his shows — as Lowit herself experienced it. Whether surrounded by beautiful models or peeking at the catwalk from the wings, every moment was a magnificent photo opportunity. Contributors to the book include Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux, and Lucie de la Falaise. A book signing will follow the presentation.
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Book Signings, March 19, 2015, 03/19/2015, Photographer Roxanne Lowit discusses her book Yves Saint Laurent
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Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and interviews with great artists, including Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert, Yagoda illuminates the broad musical trends of the 1950s: the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of music on radio and then television; and the influence and popularity of the incomparable Frank Sinatra.
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Book Readings, March 19, 2015, 03/19/2015, Ben Yagoda discusses his book The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song
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From the creators of the wildly popular and seriously scientific YouTube channel, AsapSCIENCE, comes entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible answers to the questions you never got to ask in science class.
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Book Readings, March 19, 2015, 03/19/2015, Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown discuss their book AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena
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Martin and special guests celebrate the release of her debut poetry collection.
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Poetry Readings, March 23, 2015, 03/23/2015, Jynne Dilling Martin reads from her book We Mammals in Hospitable Times
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, March 23, 2015, 03/23/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Former SeaWorld whale trainer John Hargove describes what lurks Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.
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Book Readings, March 23, 2015, 03/23/2015, John Hargrove reads from his book Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish
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Bestselling author Harlan Coben previews his latest thriller.
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Book Readings, March 24, 2015, 03/24/2015, Harlan Coben reads from his book The Stranger
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Colson Whitehead is the New York Times best-selling author of Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
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Book Readings, March 25, 2015, 03/25/2015, Colson Whitehead reads from his book The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death
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Nancy L. Green is professor of history at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. She is the author or co-editor of several books, including Ready-to-Wear and Ready-to-Work: A Century of Industry and Immigrants in Paris and New York; Jewish Workers in the Modern Diaspora; and Citizenship and Those Who Leave.
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Book Readings, March 25, 2015, 03/25/2015, Nancy L. Green discusses her book The Other Americans in Paris
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Historian Lara Vapnek introduces her biography of the woman who became the most important female leader of the Industrial Workers of the World and of the American Communist Party. Vapnek weaves together Flynn’s personal and political life, making connections between feminism, socialism, free love, and free speech. Vapnek explores these ideas with the pre-eminent U.S. women’s historian Alice Kessler-Harris.
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Book Readings, March 25, 2015, 03/25/2015, Lara Vapnek reads from her book Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
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The acclaimed debut author of Binary Star, Sarah Gerard, in conversation with fiction writer Justin Taylor (Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy).
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Book Readings, March 25, 2015, 03/25/2015, Writers in Conversation: Sarah Gerard / Justin Taylor
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A double-bill of Discover authors, Mark Ferguson (The Lost Boys Symphony: A Novel) and Jacob Rubin (The Poser) read and discuss their new work with Scott Cheshire (High as a Horse Bridles.)
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Book Readings, March 25, 2015, 03/25/2015, 2 Authors: Jacob Rubin / Mark Ferguson
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Adults and children are invited to this special event with Dr. Scott Sampson.
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Book Readings, March 26, 2015, 03/26/2015, Scott D. Sampson reads from his book How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
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Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout’s newest collection of poems is “Itself” (Wesleyan, February 2015). “Can’t and Won’t: Stories,” the most recent collection by Man Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis, was published by FSG in 2014.
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Readings, March 26, 2015, 03/26/2015, Rae Armantrout / Lydia Davis
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With: Graham Foust, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Charles McLeod. A reading by contributors to the Creative Writing Program’s literary journal.
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Readings, March 28, 2015, 03/28/2015, Washington Square Launch Reading
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An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works — and really doesn't.
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Book Signings, March 30, 2015, 03/30/2015, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren signs copies of her book A Fighting Chance
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Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place.
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Book Readings, March 31, 2015, 03/31/2015, Paige McKenzie discusses her book The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
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Brando Skyhorse is the author of two books, Take This Man, A Memoir, and The Madonnas of Echo Park, his debut novel. Madonnas received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes &amp; Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross and Can Serrat, Spain.
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Readings, March 31, 2015, 03/31/2015, Nonfiction Forum: Brando Skyhorse
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Meghan Daum hosts the launch of her provocative new collection of essays. With several of the book's contributors, TBA.
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Book Readings, March 31, 2015, 03/31/2015, Contributors read from Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids
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Award-winning NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon discusses his memoir.
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Book Signings, March 31, 2015, 03/31/2015, NPR's Scott Simon discusses his book Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime
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A collection of hilarious short stories from twenty-five year old Internet sensation Nicholas Megalis on his distinctively weird life and childhood, fully illustrated by Tom Megalis, his celebrated artist and animator dad.
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Book Readings, March 31, 2015, 03/31/2015, Nicholas Megalis reads from his book Mega Weird
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Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize–winning fashion critic for the Washington Post, presents her first book, the story of a 1973 face-off between five American designers — including Halston and Oscar de la Renta — and five French designers (Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin among them). Buoyed by a decision to use ten African American models (unheard of then), the underdog Yanks pulled off a victory, cementing American fashion as a major player on the international stage. A book signing will follow the presentation.
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Book Signings, April 01, 2015, 04/01/2015, Robin Givhan discusses her book The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History
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Baltimore-based spoken word artist Cherrie Amour will perform selections from her first book of poetry as part of the National Poetry Month celebration.
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Poetry Readings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, Cherrie Amour reads from her book Free to Be Me
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With: Burt Kimmelman, Stephen Paul Miller, Christina Olivares, Jon Curley.
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Poetry Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, The Poets of Marsh Hawk Press
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