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33 free (and almost free) readings in New York City (NYC)

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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The films of the Coen brothers have become a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Highly acclaimed and commercially successful, over the years their movies have attracted increasingly larger audiences and spawned a subculture of dedicated fans. Shunning fame and celebrity, Ethan and Joel Coen remain maverick filmmakers, producing and directing independent films outside the Hollywood mainstream in a unique style combining classic genres like film noir with black comedy to tell off-beat stories about America and the American Dream.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Aug 29
12:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 29, 2016, 08/29/2016, Jeffrey Adams reads from his book The Cinema of the Coen Brothers: Hard Boiled Entertainments
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This lecture tells the story of the huge-and hugely conflicted-role New York City played in the Civil War. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, John Strausbaugh discusses his book City of Sedition: The History of New York City during the Civil War
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets:Maya PindyckDaniel TobinCynthia CruzR. D. Betts
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 30
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Poetry with Four Way Books
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Featuring the poets:Philip Lopate Sandy McIntoshPaul PinesPaolo Javier
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 6
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 06, 2016, 09/06/2016, The Poets of Marsh Hawk Press
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Arbitration tribunals are buried in thousands of trade treaties, linking more than 179 countries. Called Investor-State Dispute Settlements, or ISDS, these tribunals allow private corporations to sue sovereign nations if they believe terms of a treaty were violated. In 2010, tobacco giant Philip Morris International used arbitration tribunals to sue Sierra Leone and Uruguay for putting health-warning labels on cigarette packages, and it has gone on to file suits against Australia and the European Union. Time correspondent Haley Sweetland Edwards goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the most outrageous recent arbitration cases, and takes a hard look at the power these shadow courts hold over the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 7
12:30 pm

$5
Book Readings, September 07, 2016, 09/07/2016, Haley Sweetland Edwards discusses her book Shadow Courts
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A discussion with editor Jeanine M. Canty and contributors Prof. Ana Baptista, Prof. Nina S. Roberts and Prof. Ju-Pong Lin. The panel will be moderated by Dean Michelle De Pass.The panelists - women working across the boundaries of the ecological and social - will speak to their personal and professional experiences in new forms of teaching, leading, healing, and positive change. Following the premise of the book, they will take the audience through the transformative process of bridging the ecological and social in ways that challenge and empower women and society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Jeanine M. Canty discusses her book Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices
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The event will feature a conversation between the authors and Maria Popova (Brain Pickings).After only meeting twice, designers Giorgia Lupi (an Italian living in New York) and Stefanie Posavec (an American living in London) decided to embark on a year long project in an effort to get to know one another better. The result is 'Dear Data.' The book reproduces their transatlantic exchange through their weekly postcards. A combination of mail art and data visualization, through their weekly correspondence the two women shared various facets of lives from how many times they complained to how many times they laughed a week. Taking an analog approach to communication in a digital world, 'Dear Data' asks readers to take a look at even the most mundane moments of their everyday life because data, as the duo states, "is the beginning of a story, not the end, and should be seen as the starting point for questioning and understanding the world around us instead of seeing it as the definitive answer to all of our questions."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec discuss their book Dear Data: A Friendship in 52 Weeks of Postcards
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Blood in the Water by award-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson of University of Michigan, sheds new light on one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century—the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising in upstate New York. The book explores every aspect of the uprising and its legacy from the perspectives of all of those involved in this 45-year fight for justice—the prisoners, the state officials, the lawyers, the state troopers and corrections officers, and the families of the slain men.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Heather Ann Thompson discusses her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
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In February of 1974, the cult science fiction writer Philip K. Dick had a series of visions. First, there was a mysterious flash of pink light that Dick believed awakened his mind. Then there were images of bizarre engineering blueprints, and streams of "liquid fire" that seemed to move through his environment and enter his body. Dick saw scenes from ancient Rome superimposed over his environment. He theorized that time had stopped in the year 50 A.D. and that he was a Christian revolutionary destined to overthrow the Roman Empire. For the rest of his life, Dick wondered whether his visions were genuine spiritual experiences or symptoms of mental illness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Kyle Arnold discusses his book The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick
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The United States is witnessing a moment of unprecedented political engagement and social activism. Pundits who once fretted about Americans' apathy have, in the last few years, borne witness to uprisings and protests across the country: the growth of the Tea Party, the successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, #BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders. Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans from Seattle to St. Louis to Atlanta become activists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 8
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 08, 2016, 09/08/2016, Sarah Jaffe discusses her book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
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Kati Marton has combined a career as a writer with human rights advocacy. From 2003 to 2008 Marton chaired the International Women’s Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. From 2001 to July 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. From 2000 to 2011 she was a member of the board of Human Rights Watch. Marton is currently a director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee and the New America Foundation, a public policy think tank. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International and the Author’s Guild, and sits on the board of Central European University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 13
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, Kati Marton discusses her book True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy
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Sohail Daulatzai offers a perspective on the political and cultural history of black internationalism from the 1950s to the present. Daulatzai will highlight how movements in the U.S. found connections to larger communities of resistance around the globe, and discuss Malcolm X, Black Islam, black radicalism, and the Muslim world within the context of the Black Power Movement. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 13
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, Sohail Daulatzai discusses his book Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets:Lucy IvesAnn LauterbachSara NicholsonChris Schlegel
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 13
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 13, 2016, 09/13/2016, The Poets of Song Cave Press
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With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I’m Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissect our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 14
2:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, Luvvie Ajayi discusses her book I’m Judging You
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In celebration of the publication of Judith E. Stein’s Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, the first-ever biography of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and enigmatic art dealers, and of Miles Bellamy’s Serious Bidness, a selection of his dad’s hitherto unpublished letters, artists Alfred Leslie, Mark di Suvero and Rosalyn Drexler join the authors in a conversation about the legacy of Dick Bellamy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 14
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 14, 2016, 09/14/2016, New Books on Art: Eye of the Sixties / Serious Bidness
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Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America is a memoir that explores the meaning and shifting narratives of black girlhood and womanhood in a contemptuous America. Author C. Nicole Mason, PhD and Vanessa DeLuca, Editor-In-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine, will be in conversation and the evening will feature a reading by Charlene Carruthers, Executive Director of BYP100.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 15
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, C. Nicole Mason discusses her book Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America
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Celebrate the publication of artist Mark Podwal's book and the opening of A Kaddish for Dabrowa Bialostocka, a new series of works inspired by Podwal's recent visit to the shtetl in Poland where his mother was born. At one time 78% Jewish, Dabrowa is no longer home to a Jewish community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Sep 18
3:00 pm

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Book Readings, September 18, 2016, 09/18/2016, Mark Podwal discusses his book Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art
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In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on the clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 19
5:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, Ed Hamilton discusses his book The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York
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M. Guy Thompson, Ph.D., is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and Adjunct Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Dr. Thompson lives in Marin County, California.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 19
7:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 19, 2016, 09/19/2016, M. Guy Thompson reads from his book The Death of Desire: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness
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While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of maps and cartography, The Art of Illustrated Maps is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” mapping.  Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 20
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, John Roman discusses his book The Art of Illustrated Maps
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Featuring:Bryan BorlandOcean VuongMichael KleinFrancine J. HarrisAri Banias  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 20
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 20, 2016, 09/20/2016, 5 poets read their work
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Join Nation Institute Knobler fellow Mychal Denzel Smith for a panel dicussion on the themes of his new book: How do you learn to be a black man in America? This is the question at the heart of the Nation writer’s celebrated new memoir, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education. With power and poignancy, Smith chronicles his own personal and political education in America, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that has denied his humanity.  Smith will moderate a roundtable discussion of the book's themes with activists Alexis Coe, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Rembert Browne.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 21
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 21, 2016, 09/21/2016, Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
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Dawn Powell, a Village resident for most of her life, was a gifted satirist who moved in the same circles as Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, renowned editor Maxwell Perkins, and other midcentury New York luminaries. Her many novels are typically divided into two groups: those dealing with her native Ohio and those set in New York. “From the moment she left behind her harsh upbringing in Mount Gilead, Ohio, and arrived in Manhattan, in 1918, she dove into city life with an outlander’s anthropological zeal,” reads a recent New Yorker piece about Powell, and it is those New York novels that built her reputation for scouring wit and social observation.In this critical biography and study of the New York novels, Patricia Palermo reminds us how Powell earned a place in the national literary establishment and East Coast social scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 22
6:30 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Patricia Palermo discusses her book The Message of the City: Dawn Powell’s New York Novels, 1925–1962
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Featuring:Jean ValentineGerald SternJoan Larkin Jane Mead
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 22
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, 4 poets read their work
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For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Writing Program sponsors the launch reading for the latest edition in the celebrated Best American Poetry series.David Lehman, poetry coordinator for the Creative Writing Program and series editor, will moderate the event. He will be joined by contributors to the anthology as well as Edward Hirsch, guest editor of the 2016 volume. With poets: Christopher Bakken, Catherine Barnett, Rick Barot, Jill Bialosky, Paula Bohince, Marianne Borich, Michelle Boisseau, Lynn Emanuel, Martín Espada, Charles Fort, Emily Fragos, Juliana Gray, Linda Gregerson, Mark Halliday, Jeffrey Harrison, Cynthia Hogue, Garrett Hongo, T. R. Hummer, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Julie Kane, Keetje Kiupers, Loretta Klobah, John Koethe, Deborah Landau, Robin Coste Lewis, Paul Mariani, Deborah Marquant, Hai-Dang Phan, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Stanley Plumly, James Richardson, Patrick Rosal, Anya Silver, Taije Silverman, Tom Sleigh, A.E. Stallings, Susan Stewart, Nomi Stone, Adrienne Su, Lee Upton, and Eleanor Winer.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 22
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 22, 2016, 09/22/2016, Best American Poetry 2016 Reading
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Join Ellen Foos (The Remaining Ingredients) and Arlene Weiner (City Bird), reading from their new poetry books, published recently by Ragged Sky Press. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 24
2:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 24, 2016, 09/24/2016, 2 Poets: Ellen Foos / Arlene Weiner
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Featuring:James B. NicolaKirby OlsonSusan Roney-O'BrienAngela Alaimo O'Donnell
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 27
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, The Poets of Word Tech Communications
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The acclaimed artist discusses her unique contribution to contemporary art with critic and art historian Michael Brenson. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 28
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Artist Karen Gunderson talks about her book The Dark World of Light
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The two gifted and celebrated young poets, Solmaz Sharif and Ocean Vuong, recipients of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, read from their work. Introduced by Don Share, editor of Poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, 2 Poets: Solmaz Sharif / Ocean Vuong
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The first novel by lauded playwright and writer for The Wire Kia Corthron sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men--two white brothers from rural Alabama and two black brothers from small town Maryland--whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Kia Corthron discusses her book The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
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Part biography, part cultural history, part literary study, Rubén Gallo's book explores the presence of Latin America in Proust's life and work. The novelist lived in an era shaped by French colonial expansion into the Americas: just before his birth, Napoleon III installed Maximilian as emperor of Mexico, and during the 1890s France was shaken by the Panama Affair, a financial scandal linked to the construction of the canal in which thousands of French citizens lost their life savings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Ruben Gallo discusses his book Proust’s Latin Americans
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At twelve-years old, Ryan Speedo Green was placed in solitary confinement in Virginia's juvenile facility of last resort. At twenty-four, he won America’s most prestigious contest for young opera singers, and this fall he makes a starring debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s La Bohème. Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family is Daniel Bergner’s vivid chronicle of this triumphant journey, and it will soar into your heart, take hold, and inspire you in the way very few stories can.  Hear Ryan’s story. Hear Ryan sing! Join this book launch with Daniel Bergner and live performances by Ryan Speedo Green.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Daniel Bergner discusses his book Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family
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This discussion shares key personality characteristics and situational factors that contribute to the occurrence of meaningful coincidences in our lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 29
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Bernard Beitman discusses his book Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life
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