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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 launch of the much-anticipated debut novel from the poet &amp; short story author. Readings and conversation with Glaser, Leopoldine Core, Mark Leidner, and Elisa Albert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Rachel B. Glaser reads from her book Paulina and Fran
Open Mike Reading |
No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers including Cyndi Freeman, Jennifer Glick and Sandi Marx, plus two surprise guests. 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mike Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Super Storytellers
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Featuring: Cathy Park Hong, Sandra Lim, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Brenda Shaughnessy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, The Poets of Kundiman Press
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Linda Hirshman's dual biography explores how the relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher's daughter and Brooklyn girl transcends party, religion, region and culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Linda Hirshman reads from her book Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
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Participants will have up to ten minutes to present in the medium of their choice: reading, poetry, comedy, music, etc. Works in progress are welcome. If they choose, participants can use part of their allotted 10 minutes to ask for comments or advice from the audience. Others may want to brainstorm for the whole 10 minutes, or simply present their work. The Irish American Writers and Artists Salon takes place Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, Irish American Writers and Artists Salon
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Casey Schwartz was drawn to the possibilities and insights emerging on the frontiers of brain research. She presents a riveting view of the convictions, obsessions and struggles of those who dedicate themselves to the intricacies of the brain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 02, 2015, 09/02/2015, Casey Schwartz reads from her book In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis
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This lecture explores cutting-edge research into why large wild animals are encroaching on human turf and how to deal with this issue on both societal and personal levels. The audience will learn how to protect against potential dangers even as they are being thoroughly entertained by hair-raising tales of real-life encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 03, 2015, 09/03/2015, Edward R. Ricciuti discusses his book Bears in the Backyard: Big Animals, Sprawling Suburbs, and the New Urban Jungle
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Jenny Zhang (Rookie, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find) curates and hosts an evening of eccentric revolutionaries, with readings by Leopoldine Core, Doreen St. Felix, Alice Sola Kim, Anna North, and Matthew Neill Null.
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Readings, September 04, 2015, 09/04/2015, Readings: Alienation Produces Eccentrics or Revolutionaries
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Aspen Matis's Girl in the Woods, already purchased by HBO, is her beautiful coming-of-age story. In conversation with Professor Susan Shapiro, President of Heliotrope Books Naomi Rosenblatt, and Harper Collins Senior Vice President Lisa Sharkey. This event will be wristbanded.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 08, 2015, 09/08/2015, Aspen Matis discusses her book Girl in the Woods
Poetry Reading |
Featuring: Tonya M. Foster, r. erica doyle, Betsy Fagin, Monica Ong.
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Poetry Readings, September 08, 2015, 09/08/2015, The Poets of Belladona Press
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New York's top one percent earns more than a half-million dollars per year while twenty-five thousand children are homeless. John Freeman's anthology is the literary world's response, with voices including Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz and Lydia Davis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 08, 2015, 09/08/2015, John Freeman reads from his book Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York
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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, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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An intelligent and madly entertaining debut novel reminiscent of The Crying of Lot 49, White Noise, and City of Glass that is at once a missing-person mystery, an exorcism of modern culture, and a wholly singular vision of contemporary womanhood from a terrifying and often funny voice of a new generation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Alexandra Kleeman reads from his book You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
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Four close friends: Ted, son of a former anti-Vietnam war activist; Philippe, son of a French mother and a former South Vietnamese General; Kevin, son of old money parents; and Lys, disowned by her family for being a lesbian, leave Yale to start a computer gaming business. Start-up money allows them a luxurious, continent spanning lifestyle, while developing their first game. It is a hit that attracts hordes of devoted gamers and instantly the pressure of follow-up games and personality quirks haunt the friends. This success allows an even higher upscale lifestyle that leaves them in a quandary when disaster strikes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Gary Beck reads from his book Flawed Connections
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Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Orphan Master's Son, discusses his new collection of short stories. He will be in conversation with Bill Tipper.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson discusses his book Fortune Smiles
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Terrence McNally is one of the American theater’s most important living playwrights. His new book presents eight of his most popular plays with a personal essay on each play. Hear him read from the book and discuss his life in theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Book Readings, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally reads from his book Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays
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Bestselling author Nicole Dweck brings to life the love and resilience between the last descendant of Suleiman the Magnificent fleeing Istanbul to NY and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. A spellbinding connection that spans centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Nicole Dweck reads from his book The Debt of Tamar
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Zagreb, 1991. Ana Jurić is a carefree ten-year-old, living with her family in a small apartment in Croatia's capital. But that year, civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, splintering Ana's idyllic childhood. Moving back and forth through time, Girl at War is an honest, generous, brilliantly written debut novel that illuminates how history shapes the individual.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Sara Nović reads from her book Girl at War
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Urban policy professor Jeff Smith will read from his new book. Following a brief reading from the book, author Touré will moderate a discussion about criminal justice reform with Smith, Soffiyah Elijah (Executive Director of Correctional Association of New York), Dr. Carla Shedd (Columbia University sociologist), and Melissa Mark Viverito (invited - New York City Council Speaker).
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Book Readings, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Jeff Smith reads from his book Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America's Prison Crisis
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Stephen Kiernan's novel tells of a hospice nurse struggling to help her husband through the after-effects of his tour in Iraq. What she learns from a WWII historian, about his research on a Japanese pilot who bombed Oregon, seems to help.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Stephen Kiernan discusses his book The Hummingbird
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Roy Blount Jr., Rivka Galchen, Rick Moody, Elissa Schappell, and Justin Taylor share favorite passages from Powell’s oeuvre, and Powell reads from his new story collection, which is the first book published by Catapult, a new venture from the founders of Electric Literature and Black Balloon Publishing.
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Readings, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Padgett Powell reads from his book Cries for Help, Various
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Author Rita Gabis, who comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics, was close to her Catholic grandfather - the man she thought she knew until she discovered that he had been chief of security police under the Gestapo.
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Book Readings, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Rita Gabis reads from her book A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth
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Author Leslie Michelson devoted his life's work to helping people achieve superior medical outcomes. An essential guide on how to choose the right doctor, coordinate the best care, and get to the No-Mistake Zone in medical decision making.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, September 11, 2015, 09/11/2015, Leslie D. Michelson reads from his book The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love
Poetry Reading |
Lynn Emanuel is the author of the collections “Noose and Hook” and most recently “The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected” (Pitt Poetry Series, 2015). Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently “Brain Fever” (W.W. Norton, 2014).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 11, 2015, 09/11/2015, Poetry: Lynn Emanuel / Kimiko Hahn
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Sister Dang Nghiem and Brother Phap Hai will delve into the content of their new books: Mindfulness as Medicine: A Story of Healing Body and Spirit - In 2009, Sister Dang Nghiem was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. As a result, she endured devastating physical and neurological symptoms and the re-surfacing of unresolved early traumas, from a childhood spent in Vietnam during the war, to living in foster homes in California as a teenager, to losing her fiancé in a drowning accident. A doctor herself, Sister Dang Nghiem applies both her medical knowledge and her advanced understanding of mindfulness to share the step-by-step techniques she uses to embrace and transform her suffering. "The art of suffering,” she says, "can bring about deep appreciation for life as well as profound peace, joy, and love for ourselves and other beings.” Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself - Born in Australia, Brother Phap Hai is the current Abbot of Deer Park Monastery in California. He uses his characteristic warmth and humor to invite us to take a fresh look at how we approach our lives, offering this ten-week guided course on the myriad different mindfulness practice moments that are available to us in our daily lives and that can offer extraordinary opportunities for transformation. They include eating a meal, listening a car alarm, walking, opening the door, sweeping, and many others.
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Book Readings, September 13, 2015, 09/13/2015, Book Launches: Mindfulness, Healing and Home
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Comedic storytelling and performances by Mike Drucker, Summer Anne Burton, Arianna Rebolini, April Boddie, Loryn Brantz, Jean-Luc Bouchard and Grace Spelman.
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Readings, September 14, 2015, 09/14/2015, BuzzFeed Love: High School Crushed
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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, September 14, 2015, 09/14/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Author Stephanie Clifford's debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes - money, ambition, family, friendship, and on the universal longing to fit in.
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Book Readings, September 15, 2015, 09/15/2015, Stephanie Clifford reads from her book Everybody Rise
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Featuring: Paul Pines, Sandy McIntosh, Phillip Lopate, Thomas Fink.
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Poetry Readings, September 15, 2015, 09/15/2015, The Poets of Marsh Hawk Press
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Alejandro Zambra is a Chilean novelist and poet. He is the author of three novels: Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, and Bonsai. In Chile he has twice received the National Council on Books and Reading prize for the best novel of the year, among other prizes. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, Harper’s, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. In 2010, he was selected as one of the Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists by Granta. He recently became a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library where he will be working on a new book. Make the most of your lunch hour with this free midday conversation. An audience Q&amp;A and book signing will follow.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Alejandro Zambra discusses his book My Documents
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Gelman argues that contemporary Russia is a prominent example of “electoral authoritarianism,” a phenomenon characterized by adopting the trappings of democratic institutions (such as elections, political parties, and a legislature) and enlisting the service of the country’s essentially authoritarian rulers. Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and what is its likely future course? Gelman’s book attempts to answer these basic questions.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Vladimir Gelman discusses his book Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes
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Celebrating an experimental decade in the career of Alex Katz, this breathtaking volume introduces audiences to a relatively unknown body of his work. The exhibition is currently on view at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, through October 18th, 2015.
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Book Signings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Artist Alex Katz discusses his book Brand-New and Terrific
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Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), and Our Andromeda (2012). She is the winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and her work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and Best American Poetry, among other places. Metta Sáma teaches in the CUNY system; she currently directs the BFA-W program at Goddard College. Her poems, reviews, and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in hercircleezine, Vinyl, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Pebble Lake Review, among others. She is author of South of Here from New Issues Press. Moderator Zakia Henderson-Brown has received fellowships and scholarships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Journal, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Torch, Reverie, Burner Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos: 2011). She currently works as the Outreach Coordinator for The New Jim Crow at The New Press.
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Poetry Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, The Poets of the Cave Canem Writers Center
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This lecture brings to life a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Liel Leibovitz discusses his book A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen
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Bestselling author and memoirist Mary Karr writes an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today's most popular literary forms-a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Mary Karr reads from her book The Art of Memoir
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Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared on the comics scene in 2007 with her online work Hark! A Vagrant. Since then, she has become a fan favorite and has garnered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Marvel's Strange Tales anthology.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Kate Beaton discusses her book Step Aside, Pops
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Hal Foster examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North America over the last 25 years, and their dynamic relation to the general condition of emergency instilled by neoliberalism and the war on terror.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Hal Foster reads from his book Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency
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What is really going on here? For decades Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency. In her essays and long-form journalism, she has captured the cultural zeitgeist, subverted the prevailing wisdom, and written stories that would otherwise go untold. Adler’s latest book, After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction, spans the author’s entire career, from her early reportage on the Civil Rights Movement to essays on the Vietnam War and the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush vs. Gore.
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Book Readings, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Renata Adler reads from her book After the Tall Timber
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Playwright and actress Halley Feiffer reads and signs her latest published work. The talk will be conducted by Pulitzer Prize nominee Jon Robin Baitz while the reading will feature Reed Birney and Betty Gilpin, both of whom will reprise their roles from the Atlantic Theater Company premiere.
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Book Readings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Halley Feiffer reads from her play I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard
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A free, public poetry event showcasing leading voices in spoken word poetry and performance. Poetry Under Fata Morgana is conceived to take place under the golden canopies of Teresita Fernández’s Fata Morgana, the artist’s shimmering outdoor exhibition currently on view in Madison Square Park. Invited poets include Emanuel Xavier, Sandra María Esteves, Bonafide Rojas, Machete Movement, and True.
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Poetry Readings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Poetry Under Fata Morgana
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Photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso has spent 20 years capturing Havana's crumbling, baroque splendor. Her photographs celebrate the dreamy palette of Cuba and open the doors to an exquisite but rarely seen place.
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Book Readings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso discusses her book Passage to Cuba: An Up-Close Look at the World's Most Colorful Culture
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This book arose from a calling to go to Tibet and do prostrations around Mt. Kailash, a towering spiritual and physical presence in the wilderness of Western Tibet.
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Book Signings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Tracey Alysson signs copies of her book Dying and Living in the Arms of Love
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Molly Antopol’s debut short story collection, “The UnAmericans” (W.W. Norton, 2014) was longlisted for the National Book Award. Clancy Martin is the author of the debut novel “How to Sell” (FSG, 2010), the memoir “Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love” (FSG, 2015), and the novel “Bad Sex,” new this fall from Tyrant Books.
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Book Readings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Fiction: Molly Antopol / Clancy Martin
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With cheese curds and stories from Alexander Chee, Leigh Stein, Kashana Cauley, Abraham Riesman, Meredith Clark, Danielle Henderson, Jill Mapes, Tyler Coates, Meredith Modzelewski, Helen Rosner, Syreeta McFadden, and Michaelangelo Matos.
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Book Readings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, The Greatest 3-Minute Midwestern Stories
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Join us for a special reading and discussion with acclaimed National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard. His new novel joins a shortlist of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust, and was recently hailed a "masterpeice" by the Washington Post. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution.
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Book Readings, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Jim Shepard reads from his book The Book of Aron
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A rousing distillation of the book's most radical tenets will be followed by a moderated Q+A with Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.
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Book Readings, September 18, 2015, 09/18/2015, Eric Jarosinski discusses his book Nein: A Manifesto
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NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores big with a new novel on the untold adventures of Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft.
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Book Signings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signs copies of his book Mycroft Holmes
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A novel about what happens when you are totally unknown to yourself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, Poet Eileen Myles reads from her work
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Author Patty Farmer takes the reader from the inception of the Playboy empire through the 1959 jazz festival, to the opening of club after club.
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Book Readings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, Patty Farmer reads from her book Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music
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Legendary, four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally brings us a compilation of eight of the plays he considers his most important, prefaced by essays and anecdotes. This event will be wristbanded.
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Book Readings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally reads from his book Selected Works: A Memoir in Plays
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A sequence of 34 intimate epigrammatic assemblages, The Pink Trance Notebooks is the product of the year Koestenbaum stopped keeping the traditional journal he had maintained for three decades and embarked instead on a series of “trance notebooks” as a way to transform his diary into a higher pitch of reckless ceremony, an occasion for intensified, unmoored consciousness. To mark the book’s publication, and to manifest the spirit of linguistic improvisation, Koestenbaum will perform piano miniatures (Scriabin, Chopin, Fauré, Milhaud, Poulenc) while incanting spontaneous Sprechstimme-style soliloquies.
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Poetry Readings, September 21, 2015, 09/21/2015, Wayne Koestenbaum reads from his book The Pink Trance Notebooksi
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Drawing on interviews, previously unknown archival materials, and the stories of such figures and institutions as William Faulkner, Stephen Spender, Irving Kristol, James Laughlin, and the Voice of America, Greg Barnhisel describes how the U.S. government, as well as private groups such as the Congress for Cultural Freedom and the Ford Foundation, framed American modernist art and literature as an expression of Western freedom and individualism in the early 1950s—and as a reason for skeptical European leftists to side with the U.S. in the so-called Cultural Cold War.
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Book Readings, September 22, 2015, 09/22/2015, Greg Barnhisel reads from his book Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy
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They came from the poorest parts of Ireland and Italy, and met as rivals on the sidewalks of New York. In the nineteenth century and for long after, the Irish and Italians fought in the Catholic Church, on the waterfront, at construction sites, and in the streets. Then they made peace through romance, marrying each other on a large scale in the years after World War II. An Unlikely Union unfolds the dramatic story of how two of America’s largest ethnic groups learned to love and laugh with each other in the wake of decades of animosity.
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Book Readings, September 22, 2015, 09/22/2015, Paul Moses discusses his book An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians
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Acclaimed biographer Brian Kellow writes a riveting narrative of a powerful woman that charts show business as it evolved from New York City in the 1950s through Hollywood in the early 1980s.
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Book Readings, September 22, 2015, 09/22/2015, Brian Kellow reads from his book Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood's First Superagent
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Featuring: Michael Morse, Michael Klein, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sean Singer.
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Poetry Readings, September 22, 2015, 09/22/2015, 4 poets read their work
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Tom Piazza will read from and discuss his startling and powerful novel of race, violence, and identity set on the eve of the Civil War.
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Book Readings, September 22, 2015, 09/22/2015, Tom Piazza reads from his book A Free State
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Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prize-winning novels, including One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and The Cove; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award; and most recently, Something Rich and Strange. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University. Make the most of your lunch hour with this free midday conversation. An audience Q&amp;A and book signing will follow.
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Book Readings, September 23, 2015, 09/23/2015, Ron Rash discusses his book Above the Waterfall
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Readings, September 23, 2015, 09/23/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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To celebrate the publication of her new book, Arlene Shechet discusses her work with artist Janine Antoni and writer David Levi Strauss. The conversation is moderated by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.​
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Book Signings, September 23, 2015, 09/23/2015, Sculptor Arlene Shechet discusses her book All at Once
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With readings and conversation from Okparanta and Natalie Diaz, Taiye Selasi, and Naomi Jackson.
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Book Readings, September 23, 2015, 09/23/2015, Chinelo Okparanta reads from her book Under the Udala Trees
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NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores big with a new novel on the untold adventures of Sherlock’s older brother, Mycroft.
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Book Signings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signs copies of his book Mycroft Holmes
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Lawrence aims to look at Islam with fresh eyes, and to understand Allah with dispassionate insight. The alternative is to settle for journalistic sloganeering, too often sensationalist even when it is highbrow, as with Hitchens or Hirsi Ali.
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Book Readings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, Bruce Lawrence discusses his book Who Is Allah?
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In the first-ever history about the organization, bestselling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, and declassified memos to explore DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain," from its Cold War inception to the present.
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Book Readings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, Annie Jacobsen reads from her book The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
Poetry Reading |
For the 14th consecutive year, the Writing Program hosts the launch reading of The Best American Poetry. These poets represented in the 2015 book will take part in an event moderated by series editor David Lehman, poetry coordinator, Writing Program, and Sherman Alexie, guest editor of the 2015 volume. With Melissa Barrett, Mark Bibbins, Emma Bolden, Catherine Bowman, Jericho Brown, Julie Carr, Chen Chen, Danielle DeTiberus, Natalie Diaz, Meredith Hasemann, Saeed Jones, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Laura Kasischke, David Kirby, Dana Levin, Dora Malech​, Donna Masini, Airea Dee Matthews, Laura McCullough, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Dennis Nurkse, Alan Michael Parker, Raphael Rubinstein, Bethany Schultz-Hurst, Evie Shockley, Sandra Simonds, Susan Terris, Michael Tyrell, Sidney Wade, Cody Walker, Afaa Michael Weaver, Terence Winch, Jane Wong, and Monica Youn.
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Poetry Readings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, Contributors read from Best American Poetry 2015
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Before Molly Ivins, Maureen Dowd or Gail Collins came Mary McGrory, the trailblazing, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist who covered D.C. for 5 decades. Come hear biographer John Norris bring to life McGrory's voice, wit and fascinating life story.
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Book Readings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, John Norris reads from his book Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism
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With Kate Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mari L’Esperance, Dorianne Laux, Paul Mariani, Jane Mead, Tomás Q. Morín, Sharon Olds, Tom Sleigh, David St. John, and Gerald Stern. A tribute honoring the legacy of poet Philip Levine (1928–2015), Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the Creative Writing Program for over fifteen years.
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Poetry Readings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, A Tribute to Poet Philip Levine
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A night of live storytelling with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Burt Helm, Jessica Gross, Rembert Browne, Jessica Pressler, John Herrman. Hosted by editors Mike Dang and Mark Armstrong.
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Readings, September 24, 2015, 09/24/2015, Longreads Story Night: Stories About Change
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“The Sunlit Night” (Bloomsbury USA, 2015) is the highly acclaimed debut novel by Rebecca Dinerstein. Lev Grossman’s most recent novel is “The Magician’s Land” (Plume, 2015), the final book in his Magicians Trilogy. This event is hosted by Creative Writing Program faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.
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Book Readings, September 25, 2015, 09/25/2015, Authors Talk: Rebecca Dinerstein / Lev Grossman
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Author Leslie Zemeckis restores Lili St. Cyr, the highest paid stripteaser in America, to her rightful place in history. Goddess of Love Incarnate reveals that behind the glamour stood a complicated woman, much loved and little understood.
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Book Readings, September 28, 2015, 09/28/2015, Leslie Zemeckis reads from her book Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr
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Drew Grant and Jennifer Wright host a night of women reading the most telling published letters of great literary men.
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Readings, September 28, 2015, 09/28/2015, Dear John (Updike): Lady Thoughts on the Letters of Literary Men
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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, September 28, 2015, 09/28/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Make Me One With Everything explores inclusive meditation for both new and experienced meditators called the “Western Lama” by the Dalai Lama.
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Book Signings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Lama Surya Das signs copies of his book Make Me One With Everything
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Make Me One With Everything explores inclusive meditation for both new and experienced meditators.
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Book Signings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Lama Surya Das signs copies of his book Make Me One With Everything
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Reich shows that the critical fiscal choices ahead are not about the size of government but about who government is for. Ever the pragmatist and optimist, Reich sees hope for reversing our slide toward inequality and diminished opportunity.
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Book Readings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Robert Reich reads from his book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
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Jojo Moyes presents the long-awaited sequel to her bestselling novel Me Before You. After You revisits Lou and the Traynors and gives them a whole new set of issues to confront. This will be a wristband event.
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Book Readings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Jojo Moyes reads from her book After You
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Susan Pedersen talks about her new book with Mark Mazower. Focusing on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Pedersen examines this transformative moment in history by exploring the League of Nations’ mandate system and the role it played in creating the modern world.
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Book Readings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Susan Pedersen discusses her book The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire
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Featuring: Robert Currie, Anne Carson.
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Poetry Readings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Word for Word Poetry Reading
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Kate Walbert (The Sunken Cathedral) and Lily Tuck (The Double Life of Liliane) will participate in an evening exploring their latest books. Against the backdrop of some of the greatest cities in the world, the characters in these two novels navigate the complex impact of history on our lives. The twentieth century unfolds in The Double Life of Liliane as a young girl grows into adulthood by examining her own family, while the characters in the Sunken Cathedral contend with a post-911, post-Sandy Manhattan.
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Book Readings, September 29, 2015, 09/29/2015, Authors in Conversation: Kate Walbert and Lily Tuck
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Erica Jong is a poet, novelist, and essayist, best known for her eight New York Times bestselling novels, including Fear of Flying (which has sold 26 million copies in more than 40 languages) and Fear of Fifty. Jong is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry, including most recently, Love Comes First. In addition, Jong has written several nonfiction books. Her work has appeared all over the world. Make the most of your lunch hour with this free midday conversation. An audience Q&amp;A and book signing will follow.
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Book Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Erica Jong discusses her book Fear of Dying
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This evening, welcome J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. He is the managing editor of SeriousEats.com and the author of the James Beard award-nominated column the Food Lab.
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Book Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt discusses his book The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
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Photographer Andrea Star Reese and Alison Morley, Director of Photography and Photojournalism at the International Center of Photography, who served as photo editor for Urban Cave discuss the development of this long=term and challenging project as they share images from the book with the audience.
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Book Signings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Photographer Andrea Star Reese discusses her book Urban Cave
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Is the United States an exceptional immigration society? Sociologists Richard Alba and Nancy Foner come prepared to analyze this question and more, guided by New York Times editorial board writer Lawrence Downes. Strangers No More compares the status of immigrants in the US and Western Europe from angles of religion, race, identity and intermarriage. Alba and Foner delve into issues of pivotal importance for the present and future of Western societies, where immigrants and their children form ever-larger shares of the population.
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Book Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Richard Alba and Nancy Foner read from their book Strangers No More
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Lawrence Block is one of the true legends in the world of crime fiction. Having written over 50 novels (and that's not counting the ones written under pseudonyms), several books of short stories, screenplays, edited anthologies, and the winner of every known crime fiction award - the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony (some, more than once), Block is as close to a National Treasure of "crime" as we have. Several of his novels have become major motion pictures, including the recent "A Walk Among the Tombstones," with Liam Neeson. The author of several books about the craft of writing, Block will speak crime writing, his latest novel, and his long and successful career.
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Book Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Lawrence Block discusses his book The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes
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Author Anne-Marie Slaughter envisions what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there. Slaughter writes on a future in which all of us can finally finish the business of equality for women and men, work and family.
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Book Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Anne-Marie Slaughter reads from her book Unfinished Business: Equality for Women and Men, Work and Family
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Isamu Noguchi turned his studio into a stunning museum. Photographers Stephen Shore and Tina Barney, who capture the museum's unique spaces in this beautiful book, discuss their work with Senior Museum Curator Dakin Hart.
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Book Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Photographer Stephen Shore discusses his book The Noguchi Museum: A Portrait
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Speak about a cause you believe in. Join a revolution of intelligent passionate people doing real things to make this world a better place. Be part of a process to express your ideas and insights about the current social issues of the day.
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Open Mike Readings, September 30, 2015, 09/30/2015, Open Mic Night of Theatre, Song, Ideas, and Current Events
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In his new book, journalist and writer Sasha Abramsky weaves together a moving family story of radical politics, passionate book collecting, and the eclectic mind of a Jewish intellectual. Join him for a lively discussion about the ways books have shaped Jewish lives and culture in the modern world.
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Book Readings, October 07, 2015, 10/07/2015, Sasha Abramsky reads from his book The House of Twenty Thousand Books
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Participants will have up to ten minutes to present in the medium of their choice: reading, poetry, comedy, music, etc. Works in progress are welcome. If they choose, participants can use part of their allotted 10 minutes to ask for comments or advice from the audience. Others may want to brainstorm for the whole 10 minutes, or simply present their work. The Irish American Writers and Artists Salon takes place Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
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Readings, October 07, 2015, 10/07/2015, Irish American Writers and Artists Salon
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Theater | dark, terrifying drama

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Concert | Piano works of Chopin, and more

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