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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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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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Tom Coraghessan Boyle is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published fourteen novels and more than 100 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his third novel, World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995.
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Book Readings, April 01, 2015, 04/01/2015, T.C. Boyle reads from his book The Harder They Come
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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, April 01, 2015, 04/01/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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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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World-famous psychic Thomas John reveals his experiences contacting the spirit world for clients that include ordinary people as well as top celebrities.
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Book Readings, April 01, 2015, 04/01/2015, Thomas John discusses his book Never Argue with a Dead Person
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PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle releases his latest novel. Written as a way for the author to come to meditate on gun violence, this is a discussion you do not want to miss.
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Book Readings, April 01, 2015, 04/01/2015, T.C. Boyle reads from his book The Harder They Come
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Book-signing and reception to follow.
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Poetry Readings, April 01, 2015, 04/01/2015, Saskia Hamilton reads from her book Corridor
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This event is hosted by National Book Award winner Colum McCann.
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Book Readings, April 02, 2015, 04/02/2015, Scott Cheshire discusses his book High as the Horses
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Prof. Amy Bentley will be discussing her new book on baby food. This discussion will be presented by the James Beard Foundation, Natural Gourmet Institute, and Slow Food NYC.
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Book Readings, April 02, 2015, 04/02/2015, Amy Bentley discusses her book Inventing Baby Food
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Erin Belieu’s most recent poetry collection “Slant Six” was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2014. Jill Bialosky’s newest collection of poems, “The Players,” is due out this February (Knopf, 2015). Cate Marvin’s third book of poems, “Oracle,” is forthcoming from W.W Norton.
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Book Readings, April 03, 2015, 04/03/2015, Poetry: Erin Belieu / Jill Bialosky / Cate Marvin
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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. Nick Lantz is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently “How to Dance as the Roof Caves In” (Graywolf, 2014).
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Poetry Readings, April 03, 2015, 04/03/2015, Nick Lantz reads from his book How to Dance as the Roof Caves In
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Kirkus calls the novel, "a dizzying take on possible conspiracies, corporate philosophies and one man’s idle thoughts…. There are moments of devastation here, and the way McCarthy reveals them are among the novel’s highlights…the effort to follow its surprising routes pays off.”
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Book Readings, April 03, 2015, 04/03/2015, Tom McCarthy reads from his book Satin Island
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Join a day with American mercurial and shape shifting playwright Sibyl Kempson for the official and spiritual launch of her latest adventure: her own performance company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. and Perf. Co. The event will feature excerpted readings of Sibyl Kempson’s early and new work, as well as an afternoon presentation.
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Readings, April 06, 2015, 04/06/2015, Sibyl Kempson with 7 Daughters of Eve Theater and Performance Company
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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, April 06, 2015, 04/06/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Join four-time New York Times bestelling author Andrew Gross discusses his latest thriller, set in Colorado's drought-stricken plains.
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Book Readings, April 06, 2015, 04/06/2015, Andrew Gross discusses his book One Mile Under
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The long-awaited memoir by “the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers” (New York Times).
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Book Signings, April 06, 2015, 04/06/2015, Philip Glass, Oscar-nominated composer, signs copies of his book Words Without Music
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The true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and has been hailed by The New York Times as "a new classic of science reporting."
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Book Readings, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Fagin discusses his book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
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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 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, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Renata Adler reads from her book After the Tall Timber
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Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington joins Gretchen Rubin in a discussion of Rubin's new self-help guide.
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Book Readings, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Gretchen Rubin discusses her book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives with Arianna Huffington
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New York Times bestselling author Norah Vincent is perhaps best known for her nonfiction works dealing with mental health and gender identity. She employs her knowledge of these fields in her spellbinding new novel.
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Book Readings, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Norah Vincent reads from her book Adeline
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In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision.
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Book Signings, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Ralph Nader signs copies of his book Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2003-2014
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Celebrate the release of Antonio Tabucchi’s short story collection, beautifully translated from the Italian by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani and published in English for the first time by Archipelago Books. The evening will feature a conversation with Alexander Stille and translators Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani.
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Book Readings, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Translators discuss the book Time Ages in a Hurry by Antonio Tabucchi
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Celebrate the release of Antonio Tabucchi’s short story collection, beautifully translated from the Italian by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani and published in English for the first time by Archipelago Books. The evening will feature a conversation with Alexander Stille and translators Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani.
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Book Readings, April 07, 2015, 04/07/2015, Translators discuss the book Time Ages in a Hurry by Antonio Tabucchi
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Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist — is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily online radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalk Radio.
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Book Readings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, PBS host Tavis Smiley discusses his book My Journey with Maya
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Artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Chiquis Rivera joins in conversation with People en Espanol to discuss her new book.
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Book Readings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, Chiquis Rivera discusses her book Forgiveness
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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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A sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it.
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Book Readings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, Caryl Phillips discusses his book The Lost Child
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Ex-head of New York Police Department Bernard B. Kerik narrates his disgrace in his new book.
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Book Readings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, Bernard Kerik discusses his book From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054
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Mariel Hemingway reveals her painful struggle to stay sane as the youngest child in a family famously known for being plagued with crippling mental illnesses. She will be in conversation with publishing powerhouse Judith Regan.
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Book Signings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, Oscar-nominated actor Mariel Hemingway signs copies of her book Out Came the Sun
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Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist — is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily online radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalk Radio.
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Book Readings, April 08, 2015, 04/08/2015, PBS host Tavis Smiley discusses his book My Journey with Maya
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Ruth Ben-Ghiat provides the first in-depth study of feature and documentary films produced under the auspices of Mussolini’s government that took as their subjects or settings Italy’s African and Balkan colonies. These “empire films” were Italy's entry into an international market for the exotic.
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Book Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Ruth Ben-Ghiat discusses her book Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema
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Donald Margulies won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends (which was made into an Emmy Award-nominated film for HBO directed by Norman Jewison) and was a finalist twice before for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories. His many other plays, which include The Country House, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Brooklyn Boy, The Loman Family Picnic, the Tony Award-nominated Time Stands Still and the Obie Award-winning The Model Apartment, have been produced on and off-Broadway and in theaters across the United States and around the world.
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Book Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies reads from his play The Country House
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100 years after W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and five other poets gathered to eat a peacock, Prof. Lucy McDiarmid explores the meal’s far-reaching implications.
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Book Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Lucy McDiarmid reads from her book Poets and the Peacock Dinner: The Literary History of a Meal
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The Weathermen, FALN and other homegrown terrorists figure into the chronicles narrated by Vanity Fair writer Bryan Burrough in his new book.
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Book Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Bryan Burrough discusses his book Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence
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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington's Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer's.
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Book Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Lisa Genova reads from her book Inside the O'Briens
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Jack Dana, a star history student at Yale with a bright future in academia, feels called to military service after 9/11.
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Book Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Louis Begley discusses his book Killer, Come Hither
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What is life in New York City like for teenagers? What do teenagers love about their city and their neighborhood? If given control of the city, how would New York teenagers reimagine New York City? Poet-Linc combines elements of Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and Poetry Slam to create a one of a kind show where teenagers from all five boroughs collaborate to answer these questions. Together, they tell stories about themselves and their families while weaving together a larger narrative about what life is like in New York City, and how we might transform the city into an even more dynamic place in the future.
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Poetry Readings, April 09, 2015, 04/09/2015, Poet-Linc Final Showcase
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New York City-born author and celebrated "Messenger Poet" Kurt Boone holds a reading and discussion for his latest release.
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Poetry Readings, April 10, 2015, 04/10/2015, Kurt Boone reads from his book The Skyscraper Shuffle
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This evening, welcome producer, director, philanthropist, activist and singer-songwriter Pauley Perrette. She'll be joined on stage by entrepreneur Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusky, who is co-owner and head baker of Donna Bell's Bake Shop.
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Book Readings, April 13, 2015, 04/13/2015, Pauley Perrette discusses her book Donna Bell's Bake Shop
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After receiving poetry submissions from across the country for the first annual William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest, contest judge Tony Hoagland selected “Autobiography” by Karen Schubert, from Youngstown, Ohio. hit and run press publisher Larry Rafferty hosts an event for winning poem and introduce poet Mark Doty, who will read from his forthcoming book, Deep Lane (W.W. Norton &amp; Co.). Meryl Natchez, a Berkeley, CA poet, will read several Dickey poems and the winning poem.
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Poetry Readings, April 13, 2015, 04/13/2015, William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest Ceremony
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Welcome Miko Branch in conversation with A'Lelia Bundles. Branch is the cofounder and CEO of Miss Jessie's products.
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Book Readings, April 14, 2015, 04/14/2015, Miko Branch discusses her book Miss Jessie's
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Franck André Jamme has published numerous volumes of lyric and concrete poetry as well as collaborative works with artists, such as James Brown, Suzan Frecon, Jaume Plensa, and Jan Voss. He was awarded the 2005 Grand Prix de Poésie from the Société des gens de Lettres and is the editor of the 1983 Pléiade edition of the complete works of René Char. Peter Gizzi is the author of six poetry collections, including Threshold Songs (2011) and The Outernationale (2007), and numerous chapbooks and artist books. He recently published a retrospective volume titled In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011 (2014).
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Poetry Readings, April 14, 2015, 04/14/2015, Readings in Contemporary Poetry: Peter Gizzi / Franck André Jamme
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Readings: McKenzie Wark and Jackie Wang pull the bed-skirt up on the Trauma Monster. Ellis Avery and Tayari Jones exit their self-imposed TV deprivation tanks in order to find out what's breaking Twitter every Sunday night. Matthea Harvey and Mary-Ann Monforton meditate on clouds and cubes. Organized by Bookforum Editor Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences.
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Readings, April 14, 2015, 04/14/2015, Double Take XII Readings
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Author Cecily Wong brings us a passionate and devastating story filled with love, lies, loss and hope as told through the eyes of secret-keeping daughters and wives. She will be in conversation with the lovely and award-winning author Mary Gordon.
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Book Readings, April 14, 2015, 04/14/2015, Cecily Wong reads from her book Diamond Head
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In his most eye-opening and deeply personal book yet, David Brooks tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth.
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Book Readings, April 14, 2015, 04/14/2015, Times columnist David Brooks discusses his book The Road to Character
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Akhil Sharma has been among the most compelling voices in U.S. fiction since his short stories began appearing in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and subsequently winning O. Henry Awards. Granta has chosen him for their once-a-decade Best Young American Novelists list. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Akhil Sharma discusses his book Family Life
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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, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Based on over 50 interviews with entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, university professors, members of the Bloomberg administration and other stakeholders, this book is the first one telling the story of the New York’s tech community from the birth of Silicon Alley in the ‘90s to today.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Maria Teresa Cometto and Alessandro Piol discuss their book Tech and the City: The Making of New York's Startup Community
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Tsveta Petrova's book theorizes a mechanism underlying regime-change waves, the deliberate efforts of diffusion entrepreneurs to spread a particular regime and regime-change model across state borders.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Tsveta Petrova reads from her book From Solidarity to Geopolitics
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This event unpacks some of the themes that emerge in Inquires into Contemporary Sculpture: What about Power?. Co-editors Mary Ceruti and Ruba Katrib lead a conversation with contributors Malik Gaines, Candice Hopkins, and Margaret Lee about the various power dynamics embedded in and surrounding contemporary sculpture.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Mary Ceruti andRuba Katrib discuss their book Inquiries into Contemporary Sculpture
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Tonight welcome Ann-Marie MacDonald in conversation with Eve Ensler. After the discussion there will be a signing.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Ann-Marie MacDonald discusses her book Adult Onset
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Morris Dickstein, the renowned cultural historian who has shed light on significant moments in America the Great Depression to the 1960s, started off on the Lower East Side. His memoir traces a life from the LES to Columbia University, Yale, and Cambridge and reflects on his path in becoming a public intellectual. The book has been called at once a coming-of-age story, an intellectual autobiography, and vivid cultural history. Poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch joins Dickstein in conversation.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Morris Dickstein discusses his book Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education
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Fredrik Eklund, the nation's #1 real estate broker and charismatic costar of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York, shares his secrets on how to be successful in his savvy new book.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Fredrik Eklund reads from his book The Sell
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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.
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Book Signings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Kate Mulgrew, Emmy-nominated actor, signs copies of her book Born with Teeth
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From Louis Begley, the master observer of upper-crust New York life, comes a sly international thriller ranging from the suites of an elite Manhattan law firm to the rough and tumble western plains of Brazil.
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Book Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Louis Begley discusses his book Killer, Come Hither
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Lucie Brock-Broido is author of Trouble in Mind. Donnelly is author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit.
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Poetry Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, Writers Lucie Brock-Broido and Timothy Donnelly read from their works
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On the eve of PEN’s shortlists announcement, come celebrate the distinguished judges and their selections for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards longlists, with drinks, treats, music, and mingling. Featuring short readings by judges Katie Kitamura (author of The Longshot and Gone to the Forest) and Victor LaValle (author of The Devil in Silver and Big Machine) and music by Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero, with lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, and others.
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Readings, April 15, 2015, 04/15/2015, PEN Literary Awards Showcase and Party
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“Machiavellian” — used to describe the ruthless cunning of the power-obsessed and the pitiless — is never meant as a compliment. But the man whose name became shorthand for all that is ugly in politics was more engaging and nuanced than his reputation suggests. Christopher Celenza’s book removes the varnish of centuries to reveal not only the hardnosed political philosopher but the skilled diplomat, learned commentator on ancient history, comic playwright, tireless letter writer, and thwarted lover.
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Book Readings, April 16, 2015, 04/16/2015, Christopher Celenza discusses his book Machiavelli: A Portrait
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Creative Writing Program Distinguished Poet-In-Residence and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic will be introduced by Creative Writing Program director Deborah Landau.
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Poetry Readings, April 16, 2015, 04/16/2015, Pulitzer winner Charles Simic reads from his book New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012
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"A down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled." - President Bill Clinton. "Fascinating . . . Made me wish I had been born in the Bronx." - Barbara Walters.
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Book Readings, April 16, 2015, 04/16/2015, Legendary actor Alan Alda joins his wife Arlene to discuss her book Just Kids from the Bronx
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In Kimberly McCreight's haunting new novel, the body of an unknown newborn is found in the woods fringing the campus of the town's university. For readers who loved Gone Girl, this is a thriller not to be missed.
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Book Readings, April 16, 2015, 04/16/2015, Kimberly McCreight reads from her book  Where They Found Her
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Bethenny Frankel, four-time New York Times bestselling author, self-made businesswoman, and media maven, offers her hard-won guidance on dating and relationships in the tradition of her breakout book, A Place of Yes.
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Book Signings, April 16, 2015, 04/16/2015, Bethenny Frankel signs copies of her book I Suck at Relationships So You Don't Have To
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The Edible Southis a social history of southern foodways — the cultural, social and economic practices that relate to food in the American South. Throughout this text, the author examines the visceral connection between southern food and the politics of power.
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Book Readings, April 17, 2015, 04/17/2015, Marci Cohen Ferris discusses her book The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region
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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, April 17, 2015, 04/17/2015, Pulitzer winner Michael Cunningham reads from his book The Snow Queen
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Readings by guest author Cathy Park Hong and student contributors to West 10th, the Creative Writing Program’s undergraduate literary journal.
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Readings, April 17, 2015, 04/17/2015, West 10th Launch Reading
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In his new book, Bruni shows how Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process. And it's time for that to change.
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Book Readings, April 17, 2015, 04/17/2015, 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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Mollison’s photo projects are defined by smart, original concepts applied to serious social and environmental themes. For Playground, Mollison photographed children at play in their school playgrounds, inspired by memories of his own childhood and interest in how we all learn to negotiate relationships and our place in the world through play. Various scenes of laughter, tears, and games demonstrate the intense experiences which happen in the playground.
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Book Signings, April 18, 2015, 04/18/2015, Photographer James Mollison signs copies of his book Playground
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From a writer/producer of Family Guy, a satirical look at a dysfunctional southern family complete with an overbearing stage mom, a 9 year-old pageant queen, a cheating husband, his teenage girlfriend, a crazy grandmother, and Jesus.
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Book Readings, April 20, 2015, 04/20/2015, Emmy nominee Kirker Butler discusses his book Pretty Ugly
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Olena Kalytiak Davis is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, The Poem She Didn't Write And Other Poems (2014), which was a 2014 Lannan Literary Selection. Her first book, And Her Soul Out Of Nothing, won the Brittingham Prize. Her second book, shattered sonnets love cards and other off and back handed importunities (2003), was recently republished by Copper Canyon Press (2014). Morgan Parker is the author of Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). Her poetry and essays have been featured in numerous publications as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos Books) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (forthcoming, Haymarket Books). A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine, she also contributes writing to Weird Sister and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Poetry Readings, April 20, 2015, 04/20/2015, Poetry: Olena Kalytiak Davis / Morgan Parker
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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, April 20, 2015, 04/20/2015, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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The nearly forty-year-old unsolved murder of actor Bob Crane (TV's Hogan's Heroes) is revisited by his son, Robert Crane, and Christopher Fryer.
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Book Readings, April 20, 2015, 04/20/2015, Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer discuss their book Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder
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Welcome model, fashion journalist and host of The Clothes Show and Fashion Police, Louise Roe.
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Book Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Louise Roe discusses his book Front Roe: How to Be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life
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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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Bettina Judd is an artist, writer and teacher. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at The College of William and Mary. She is a Cave Canem fellow, having graduated in 2011 and has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Christopher Stackhouse is a writer, artist, curator and teacher. He is author of a chapbook Slip; co-author of image/text collaboration, Seismosis, which features his drawings with text by writer/translator John Keene; and a volume of poems, Plural. Venus Thrash was a finalist in the 2012 Jean Feldman and 2009 Arktoi Books poetry prizes. Her poetry is published in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Split This Rock, Beltway Quarterly, Torch, Gargoyle, November 3rd Club, and The Arkansas Review.
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Poetry Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, 3 Poets: Bettina Judd / Christopher Stackhouse / Venus Thrash
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Readings: Three pairs of authors trade takes on a shared experience. Joshua Furst and Vince Passaro remember New York in the gray light of the 1970s. Barry Schwabsky and Joyelle McSweeney uncover the stygian mysteries of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Luis Jaramillo and Matthew Brookshire spend time at Methodist Hospital on Christmas Eve. Organized by Bookforum Editor Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences.
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Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Double Take XIII Readings
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Hidden truths surrounding U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to the rise of Mao.
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Book Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, James Bradley discusses his book The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia
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A small, "peculiar" Midwestern town sets the stage for Joshua Gaylord's Gothic coming of age novel. With teenagers running wild each time there is a full moon, this dark and provocative novel is sure to give you the creeps.
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Book Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Joshua Gaylord reads from his book When We Were Animals
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A masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down the perpetrators of a genocide.
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Book Signings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Tony nominee Eric Bogosian signs copies of his book Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
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Mark Doty’s poetry has long been celebrated for its risk and candor, an ability to find transcendent beauty even in the mundane and grievous, an unflinching eye that — as Philip Levine says — “looks away from nothing.”
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Poetry Readings, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Mark Doty discusses his book Deep Lane
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Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a Fall 2012 OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he has completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. The Fishermen is his first novel.
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Book Readings, April 22, 2015, 04/22/2015, Chigozie Obioma discusses his book The Fishermen
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This evening welcome David Fung and Yena Kim and Bodhi. They are the creative force behind the wildly popular Menswear Dog blog.
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Book Readings, April 22, 2015, 04/22/2015, David Fung discusses his book Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics
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Singer/songwriter Carlene Carter joins author Christine Breen in a discussion of Breen's poignant book about a terminally ill mother in western Ireland seeking her daughter's biological family before she dies.
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Book Readings, April 22, 2015, 04/22/2015, Christine Breen discusses her book Her Name Is Rose
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This lecture tells the story of a master and his dog, two friends, an unlikely tandem who each became famous and died prematurely, living through historic, tumultuous times.
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Book Readings, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Matthew Algeo discusses his book Abe and Fido: Lincoln's Love of Animals and the Touching Story of His Favorite Canine Companion
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Creative Writing faculty member and National Book Award winner Mark Doty's new collection is “Deep Lane" (W.W. Norton, April 2015). Richard Siken’s first book “Crush” (Yale University Press, 2005) was the winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. His second book is “War of the Foxes” (Copper Canyon Press, April 2015).
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Poetry Readings, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Poetry: Mark Doty / Richard Siken
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How has America become the most unequal advanced country in the world, and what can we do about it? In The Great Divide, Joseph E. Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in his best-selling book The Price of Inequality and suggests ways to counter America’s growing problem.
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Book Signings, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, signs copies of his book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them
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Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a re-energized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance
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Book Readings, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Elizabeth Alexander reads from her book The Light of the World
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The newest book from Brett Fletcher Lauer is “A Hotel in Belgium” (Four Way, 2014). Anthony McCann’s fourth full length collection is “Thing Music” (Wave Books, 2014). “Trickster” (University of Iowa Press, 2014) is the second collection of poems from Randall Potts. The most recent book from Creative Writing Program faculty member Matthew Rohrer is “Surrounded by Friends” (Wave Books, April 2015).
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Poetry Readings, April 24, 2015, 04/24/2015, Poetry: Brett Fletcher Lauer / Anthony McCann / Randall Potts / Matthew Rohrer
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Brian Castner, Guest Author. Readings by participants of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which offers free classes to recent veterans, led by fellows from the Creative Writing Program.
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Readings, April 25, 2015, 04/25/2015, Veterans Writing Workshop Reading
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Benilde Little, author of Good Hair and The Itch, describes how she crawled out of depression brought on by illness, elder care, childcare and doubts about marriage.
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Book Readings, April 27, 2015, 04/27/2015, Benilde Little reads from her book Welcome to My Breakdown
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With a force of personality capable of bending time itself and all the energy of a star’s exploding heart, the Doctor blasts into the hollow, tragic life of a woman with so much to offer – and gives her the chance to scream “Geronimo!” at the thrills, colors and terrors of an infinite universe.
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Book Readings, April 28, 2015, 04/28/2015, Simon Fraser discusses his book Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 1
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Jamie Brickhouse introduces literature's most outrageous mother and her self-loathing gay son in the poignant yet hilarious crazy world of Dangerous When Wet.
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Book Readings, April 28, 2015, 04/28/2015, Jamie Brickhouse reads from her book Dangerous When Wet
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Acclaimed actress and dedicated activist Maria Bello shares her personal journey and destroys outdated ideas about partnership, love and family that will resonate with anyone in an unconventional life situation in her new book.
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Book Readings, April 28, 2015, 04/28/2015, Maria Bello reads from her book Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves
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Celebrate the publication Four Millennial Plays from Belgium, from the French side of the language divide in Belgium. The evening will feature readings from the plays and a panel discussion with Belgian playwrights Jacques De Decker, Serge Goriely, Pascal Vrebos, and editor/translator and specialist in Belgian theatre, David Willinger (Professor of Theatre at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program). This anthology captures tendencies of contemporary European playwriting in the beginning of the new millennium — focusing on race, inter-continental marriage, the privileges allowed society’s leaders, the resurgence of the Extreme Right, and creative ways of juggling love relationships — presented in a variety of accessible styles. Willinger and others will direct four exemplary scenes from the anthology.
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Readings, April 28, 2015, 04/28/2015, Readings from Four Millenial Plays from Belgium
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Jorie Graham is the author of numerous award-winning and widely translated collections of poetry, including Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts (1980), Erosion (1983), The End of Beauty (1987), Region of Unlikeness (1991), The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1992 (1995) winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Never (2002), Sea Change (2008), and Place (2012), winner of the 2012 Forward Poetry Prize; among others.
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Poetry Readings, April 29, 2015, 04/29/2015, Pulizer Prize winner Jorie Graham reads from her book From the New World: Poems 1976-2014
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The Jewish Mafia and Meyer Lansky are attempting to legalize gambling in 1972 Miami through the exploitation of Sophie Posner, a Holocaust survivor, in Thane Rosenbaum's comic novel.
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Book Readings, April 29, 2015, 04/29/2015, Thane Rosenbaum reads from his book How Sweet It Is!
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Aida Zilelian's breathtaking debut novel follows three generations of a family of Armenian immigrants living in the United States as they struggle with one another and against the Old World expectations of their community.
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Book Readings, April 29, 2015, 04/29/2015, Aida Zilelian reads from her book The Legacy of Lost Things
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Based on unprecedented access to both Cuban and American officials, this is a book that offers fresh insight into one of history's most enigmatic relationships between nation-states — from one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism.
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Book Readings, April 29, 2015, 04/29/2015, Tom Hayden discusses his book Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters
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An evening with Brian Catling, who will read from and discuss his new book hailed by Publisher's Weekly as, “Richly textured....Full of memorable imagery and language.”
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Book Readings, April 29, 2015, 04/29/2015, Brian Catling reads from his book The Vorrh
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In 1932, George Balanchine chose the fourteen-year-old “baby ballerina,” Irina Baronova, to star in The Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo’s landmark production of Swan Lake. Baronova went on to enjoy an incredible career that helped establish the enduring image of the ballerina as an embodiment of feminine grace and sophistication throughout the world. Welcome acclaimed actress Victoria Tennant as she shares a presentation based on her new book. Daughter of Baronova, Tennant used the collections of the Jerome Robbins’ Dance Division to learn more about her mother’s life and work.
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Book Readings, April 30, 2015, 04/30/2015, Victoria Tennant discusses her book Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo
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Dorothea Lasky is the author of four books of poetry, most recently ROME (W.W. Norton/Liveright, 2014), as well as Thunderbird, Black Life, AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013) and several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in New York City.
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Poetry Readings, April 30, 2015, 04/30/2015, Dorothea Lasky reads from her book Rome
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Jaime Clarke and Amy Grace Loyd will talk about their new books, World Gone Water (Clarke) and The Affairs of Others (Loyd).
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Book Readings, April 30, 2015, 04/30/2015, Writers in Conversation: Jaime Clarke / Amy Grace Loyd
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Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in literary nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives in Pennsylvania, where she is Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently City of Eternal Spring. His 12th collection, The Government of Nature, won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. His other honors include three Pushcart prizes in poetry, NEA and Pew fellowships, and a Fulbright appointment in 2002 to teach in Taiwan. Also a playwright, he received the PDI Award (1993), and his new play is GRIP. Afaa works in contemporary Chinese poetry as a translator and teaches at Simmons College and in the Drew University MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
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Poetry Readings, May 07, 2015, 05/07/2015, Poetry: Afaa Michael Weaver / Yona Harvey
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