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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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Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of Starshine and Clay (Four Way Books, 2017) and She Has a Name (Four Way Books, 2013). Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial) was a National Poetry Series winner and his second book, Silencer was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.  Yolanda Wisher is the author of the poetry volume Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and co-edited the anthology Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013).
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Fri, Feb 23
5:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, February 23, 2018, 02/23/2018, Poets Read: Kamilah Aisha Moon / Marcus Wicker / Yolanda Wisher
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A conversation with rapper Amir Issaa followed by a performance. Amir Issaa is one of the top experts of Italian hip hop culture and brings to the stage his own interesting story, published in his latest book. With courage, Issaa has always written, sung and told tales about contemporary topics such as racism, prejudice, stereotypes, Ius Soli, migrants, metropoles and new languages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 23
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 23, 2018, 02/23/2018, Italian rapper Amir Issaa discusses his book Vivo per questo
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Paco Márquez is author of the chapbook Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press, 2017). Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recently Blue Lyre from Dos Madres Press and Radio Poems from The Operating System. Ines Pujos's poems have appeared in The Journal, Fog Machine, Salt Hill Press, Poor Claudia, Cosmonauts Ave, Powder Keg, and more. David Moscovich is the Romanian-American author of You Are Make Very Important Bathtime (JEF Books, Chicago, IL).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 23
7:00 pm

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Readings, February 23, 2018, 02/23/2018, Party of Four: 4 Writers Read
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As a childhood immigrant from Iran growing up in four countries, Arash Bayatmakou was no stranger to the unpredictability of life. But nothing could prepare him for waking up in a hospital bed unable to move his body. Faced with dire prognoses and the limitations of an outdated and unhelpful medical system, he shares his story of resilience, perseverance and the power of community, family, and love in allowing him to stand up on his feet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Feb 25
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 25, 2018, 02/25/2018, Arash Bayatmakou reads from his book Little Big Steps: (Re)Discovering Identity, Tackling the Healthcare System and Accomplishing the Unachievable
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Joshua B. Freeman, Distinguished Professor of History, Queens College, in conversation with Steven Greenhouse, Former Labor Reporter, New York Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 26
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 26, 2018, 02/26/2018, Joshua B. Freeman discusses his book Behemoth: The Factory and the Making of the Modern World
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What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices. In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 27
12:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Marci Shore discusses her book The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution
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Situations in which no official diplomatic relations or recognition exist between belligerent parties, especially conflicts between a state and a non-state actor, pose major challenges to modern diplomacy. They suggest a need for actors who can serve as a diplomatic avant-garde. This book identifies a diplomatic pattern in which breakthroughs occur through cooperative work between two types of actors: unofficial citizen diplomats and key figures in intelligence bodies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 27
12:15 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Lior Lehrs discusses his book The Peacenik and the Spook as the Diplomatic Avant-Garde
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This inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays traces Sebastian Maniscalco’s career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success. Restrictions may apply.  Call store for details.
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Tue, Feb 27
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Sebastian Maniscalco discusses his book Stay Hungry
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Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Bernard Harcourt, are facets of a new and radical governing paradigm in the United States–one rooted in the modes of warfare originally developed to suppress anticolonial revolutions and, more recently, to prosecute the war on terror.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 27
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Bernard Harcourt discusses his book The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens
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Writer and musician David Grubbs presents a reading from his forthcoming book-length poem Now that the audience is assembled (Duke University Press) followed by a set of music for solo electric guitar from his recent album Creep Mission (Drag City).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 27
6:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Poetry Forum: David Grubbs
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Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History at Tufts, chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Indian towns and settlements.
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Tue, Feb 27
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Kendra Field discusses her book Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War
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Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Steven Pinker discusses his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
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From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today.
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Tue, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Morgan Jerkins discusses her book This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
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Jorge Ramos, an Emmy award-winning journalist, Univision’s longtime anchorman and widely considered the “voice of the voiceless” within the Latino community, was forcefully removed from an Iowa press conference in 2015 by then-candidate Donald Trump after trying to ask about his plans on immigration.
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Tue, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Jorge Ramos discusses his book Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era
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Two-time Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country/continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Peter Carey reads from his book A Long Way from Home
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As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field—a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion—a place of joy. Restrictions apply.  Call store for details.
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Tue, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Book Signings, February 27, 2018, 02/27/2018, Maria Shriver signs copies of her book I've Been Thinking. . .Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life
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Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street - or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year. In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 28
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Clare Press discusses her book Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion
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Based on her teaching approach at Columbia University for 30 years, the book explores how gifted filmmakers layer their first shots in a way that introduces the movie’s stylistic and thematic richness. Her focus will be ‘ensemble-piece’ movies including Truffaut’s Day for Night and Farhadi’s A Separation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 28
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Annette Insdorf reads from her book Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes
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Ugly Duckling Presse presents a reading and book launch of Latin American authors and their translators. They will feature: - Chilean poet Soledad Marambio - Hilary Kaplan reading from her translations of Brazilian poet Marília Garcia - Elizabeth Zuba reading from her forthcoming translation of the Argentine writer Arnaldo Calveyra - Jeannine Pitas reading from her recently published translations of Uruguayan poet Marosa di Giorgio
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 28
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Latin American Poetry from Ugly Duckling Presse
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The lead singer of the multiplatinum-selling band Scissor Sisters explores his evolution as a young artist: coming of age in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona, his entry into New York City’s electrifying, ever-changing music scene, and the Scissor Sisters’ rise as they reached international fame in the early 2000s. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Wed, Feb 28
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Jake Shears discusses her book Boys Keep Swinging
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A sharp psychological thriller that’s just right for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Pretty Little Liars—this story will seduce, mislead, and finally, betray you.
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Wed, Feb 28
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Dana Mele reads from her book People Like Us
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 28
8:00 pm

Free
Open Mikes, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Open Mike Night of Theater, Song, Ideas and Current Events
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A lecture by Stuart Schrader (Haury Postdoctoral Fellow). 
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Thu, Mar 1
4:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, The Invention of the Urban Guerrilla: Social Science, Counterinsurgency, and Revolutionary Movements in the Global 1960s
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Come celebrate the publication of A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways of the International Community, in which two dozen contributors from ten countries explore ways of navigating volatile times and breaking through to a more just, sustainable, and vibrant world. The evening will include a conversation led by author Diana Ayton-Shenker, followed by salon-style discussions inviting attendees to share their thoughts on catalyzing positive social impact.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Diana Ayton-Shenker discusses her book A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways of the International Community
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Celebrate the publication of Poet in Spain by Federico García Lorca: New Translations by Sarah Arvio, called “riveting” by The New York Times and “triumphant” by BookPage. Participants Cyrus Cassells, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nathalie Handal, Roberto Montes, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips will join Sarah Arvio to read from the collection and share reflections on the influence of this beloved poet. 
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Thu, Mar 1
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Sarah Arvio discusses her book Poet in Spain by Federico García Lorca: New Translations
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Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. She is the author of the brand new Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017), the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013) and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). Fred Moten lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches at the University of California, Riverside. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer); In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press); and I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Books).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Poets Read: Ana Božičević / Fred Moten
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From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.
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Thu, Mar 1
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Karen Karbo discusses his book In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules
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From the bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility.
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Thu, Mar 1
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses his book Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
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As global warming accelerates, droughts last longer, floods rise higher, and super-storms become more frequent. With increasing numbers of people on the move as a result, the business of containing them––border fortification––is booming. Todd Miller travels around the world to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability.
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Thu, Mar 1
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Todd Miller reads from his book Storming the Wall
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Owners of the Map, a study of Bangkok through an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers, advances an analysis of space and power that is of interest to both social research and design. In 2010, thousands of Red Shirts protesters took over the commercial center of Bangkok to demand democratic elections and an end to inequality. Key to this mobilization were motorcycle taxi drivers, who slowed down, filtered, and severed mobility in the area, claiming a prominent role in national politics and ownership over the city and challenging state hegemony.
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Thu, Mar 1
8:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Claudio Sopranzetti discusses his book Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok
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When the U.S. Army drafted Elvis Presley in 1958, it quickly set about transforming the King of Rock and Roll from a rebellious teen idol into a clean-cut GI. Trading in his gold-trimmed jacket for standard-issue fatigues, Elvis became a model soldier in an army facing the unprecedented challenge of building a fighting force for the Atomic Age.
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Fri, Mar 2
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 02, 2018, 03/02/2018, Brian McAllister Linn discusses his book Elvis's Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield
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This is a preview of Sharon Washington’s new play Feeding the Dragon. A moving examination of family secrets, forgiveness, and the power of language, Feeding the Dragon explores Washington’s life growing up in the library and the fire she never allowed to fade. Join Washington in a conversation about life in the Library, illustrated by archival artifacts from the Library.
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Sat, Mar 3
2:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 03, 2018, 03/03/2018, Sharon Washington discusses her play Feeding the Dragon
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“I've made a decision; I have to stop.” Thus begins psychoanalyst Donald Moss’s latest book, which collects one sentence from each analytic session every day for a year. Donald Moss and Ben Kafka discuss psychoanalysis, experimental writing, and the compulsion to repeat. Donald Moss is a psychoanalyst and writer, a member of the NY Psychoanalytic Institute, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and the Green Gang (a four-person collective focusing on the relations between the human and non-human environments.)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Mar 3
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 03, 2018, 03/03/2018, Donald Moss reads from his book I and You
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In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In essays that have been published by The New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 5
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 05, 2018, 03/05/2018, Hanif Abdurraqib discusses his book They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
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On June 6, 2015, inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility, New York State’s largest maximum security prison. The media was instantly obsessed with the story: aided by the prison seamstress, who’d smuggled hacksaw blades, chisels, and drill bits inside the facility via a vat of raw hamburger meat, two convicted murderers sliced their way through the brick and steel wall of their cells, meandered through a maze of tunnels, popped out of a manhole, and walked off into the night.
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Mon, Mar 5
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 05, 2018, 03/05/2018, Chelsia Rose Marcius discusses her book Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt that Captured America
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When Jay Mendelsohn enrolls in the Odyssey seminar his son Daniel teaches at Bard College, the two men begin an emotional and intellectual adventure. This is Jay’s "one last chance" to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth—and a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. Jay's responses to The Odyssey uncover secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. Best-selling author Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Mar 5
8:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 05, 2018, 03/05/2018, Daniel Mendelsohn discusses his book An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic
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Dr. David Kotelchuck is Professor Emeritus of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Hunter College School of Health Sciences, City University of New York.
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Tue, Mar 6
4:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, David Kotelchuck discusses his book Abe and Julia: Honor and Survival During Hoover’s Reign
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Terrance Hayes won the National Book Award in 2010 and was guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2014. His books include How to Be Drawn (Penguin Books, 2015), Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002). Two books, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin and To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, are forthcoming in 2018.
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Tue, Mar 6
6:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, Poetry Forum: Terrance Hayes
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Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Mar 6
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, PBS host Rick Steves discusses his book Travel as a Political Act
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Nola's body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Mar 6
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Book Readings, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, Brad Meltzer discusses his book The Escape Artist
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Autumn always knew exactly who she was: a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect. But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough.
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Tue, Mar 6
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Book Readings, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, Ashley Woodfolk reads from her book The Beauty That Remains
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It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.
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Tue, Mar 6
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, Cartoonist Eleanor Davis discusses her book Why Art?
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Illustrated with a lavish array of images, the book ranges over topics such as fashion, art, and politics; the controversy surrounding mannequins and monkeys; and sexual identity in men’s portraiture. You will never look at paintings like Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte the same way again.
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Wed, Mar 7
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 07, 2018, 03/07/2018, Justine De Young discusses her book Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925
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A conversation with participants of the Columbia University protests of 1968, featuring: Ray Brown, Karla Spurlock-Evans, Carolyn Eisenberg, and Mark Rudd. Moderated by Paul Cronin.
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Wed, Mar 7
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 07, 2018, 03/07/2018, Book Launch: A Time to Stir: Columbia '68
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Michele Lent Hirsch is a writer and editor who specializes in science, gender, and health. Her nonfiction has appeared in or on The Atlantic, The Guardian, Smithsonian, Psychology Today, and Consumer Reports, among other outlets, and her poetry in Bellevue Literary Review and Rattle.                  
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Wed, Mar 7
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 07, 2018, 03/07/2018, Michele Lent Hirsch reads from her book Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine
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The companion to Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger's #1 bestseller, She Persisted. Perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists and little kids who are ready to take on the world. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Wed, Mar 7
6:00 pm

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Book Signings, March 07, 2018, 03/07/2018, Chelsea Clinton signs copies of her children's book She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
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Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice everyday joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth—author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Women Food and God.
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Wed, Mar 7
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 07, 2018, 03/07/2018, Geneen Roth discusses her book This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide
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Bestselling author Janice Kaplan examines the phenomenon of luck—and discovers the exciting ways you can grab opportunities and make luck for yourself every day.
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Thu, Mar 8
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 08, 2018, 03/08/2018, Janice Kaplan discusses her book How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life
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When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middleclass youth, what he longed for wasn’t so much the exotic as the raw, unfiltered humanity he had experienced in Japanese theater performances and films, witnessed in Amsterdam and Paris. One particular theater troupe, directed by a poet of runaways, outsiders, and eccentrics, was especially alluring, more than a little frightening, and completely unforgettable.
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Thu, Mar 8
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Book Readings, March 08, 2018, 03/08/2018, Ian Buruma reads from his book A Tokyo Romance
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An open mike night showcasing the incredible talents of Muslims in the Big Apple, hosted by the Islamic Center of NYU's Professionals Group. If the first and second events last year are anything to go by, the evening promises to be filled with laughter, reflection and even a few tears as performers bring the event's theme "Hope" to life through spoken word, comedy, song, and more.
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Thu, Mar 8
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Open Mikes, March 08, 2018, 03/08/2018, Muslims Unscripted: Courage
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A reading on India and caste with prize-winning novelist Neel Mukherjee and Sujatha Gidla, the author of the critically-acclaimed debut memoir Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (FSG, 2017). Mukherjee's latest novel, A State of Freedom (W.W. Norton, 2018) follows the lives of five characters born to different circumstances in India navigating deeply entrenched class and caste divisions. In conversation with Gaiutra Bahadur, the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture.
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Fri, Mar 9
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Book Readings, March 09, 2018, 03/09/2018, Breaking Caste: A Reading
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A fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director, Kevin Winkler’s new book considers Fosse’s career in the context of changes in the Broadway musical theatre over four decades. It traces his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers— impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic.
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Mon, Mar 12
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Book Readings, March 12, 2018, 03/12/2018, Kevin Winkler discusses his book Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
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Michele Lent Hirsch weaves her own harrowing experiences together with stories from other women, perspectives from sociologists on structural inequality, and insights from neuroscientists on misogyny in health research. She shows how health issues and disabilities amplify what women in general already confront: warped beauty standards, workplace sexism, worries about romantic partners, and mistrust of their own bodies. By shining a light on this hidden demographic, Lent Hirsch explores the challenges that all women face.
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Mon, Mar 12
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Book Readings, March 12, 2018, 03/12/2018, Michele Lent Hirsch discusses her book Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine
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Female writers, directors, and producers have radically transformed the television industry in recent years. Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling: These extraordinary women have shaken up the entertainment landscape, making it look like an equal opportunity dream factory. But things weren't always this rosy. Veteran journalist Joy Press tells the story of the maverick women who broke through the barricades, starting with Roseanne Barr and Diane English.
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Mon, Mar 12
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Book Readings, March 12, 2018, 03/12/2018, Joy Press reads from her book Stealing the Show
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Through the battles they fought, the cases they argued, the novels they wrote, and the lives they touched, these nine Irish men and women not only became American but helped make our nation what it is today.
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Tue, Mar 13
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 13, 2018, 03/13/2018, Mark Bailey discusses his book Nine Irish Lives: The Thinkers, Fighters, and Artists Who Helped Build America
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When two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi in 1990, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in the state’s notorious Parchman Farm penitentiary before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free.
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Tue, Mar 13
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Book Readings, March 13, 2018, 03/13/2018, Radley Balko & Tucker Carrington discuss their book The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist
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Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in the categories of Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Finalists will read from their work.
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Wed, Mar 14
6:30 pm

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Readings, March 14, 2018, 03/14/2018, National Book Critics Circle Reading 2018
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The latest novel from the National Book Award–winning author bridges midcentury Manhattan with twelfth-century Paris, united by the epic love story of Abelard and Héloïse.
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Wed, Mar 14
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 14, 2018, 03/14/2018, James Carroll discusses his book The Cloister
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The seventeenth century's Queen Njinga was one of the most multifaceted rulers in history, mixing political cunning and military prowess. At the height of her reign in the 1640s Njinga ruled almost one-quarter of modern-day northern Angola. Today, Njinga is revered in Angola as a national heroine and honored in folk religions, and her complex legacy continues to resonate, forming a crucial part of the collective memory of the Afro-Atlantic world.  Speaker Linda Heywood, Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University, offers the first full-length study in English of Queen Njinga’s long life and political influence.
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Wed, Mar 14
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 14, 2018, 03/14/2018, Linda Heywood discusses her book Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen
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During his many years as an entrepreneur, consultant, and star of Spike TV's show Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer has witnessed the destruction that results when people bullsh*t themselves. He argues that excuses are the root cause of nearly every business and personal problem. Fortunately, he knows how to fix your excuse habit for good.
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Wed, Mar 14
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Book Readings, March 14, 2018, 03/14/2018, Jon Taffer discusses his book Don't Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the Excuses That Are Holding You Back
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The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film. Restrictions apply.  Call store for details.
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Thu, Mar 15
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 15, 2018, 03/15/2018, Ben Fritz discusses his book The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies
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Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon… scholar, stripper, victim, and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. Twenty years after her death, Acker's legend has faded, making her writing more legible.
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Thu, Mar 15
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 15, 2018, 03/15/2018, Chris Krauss discusses her book After Kathy Acker
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Michael and Pat Dolan will share the story of their amazing aunt Eilish, who was wrongfully imprisoned at 15 years of age in order to save her fathers life. Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley will give an overview of the book including the famous and stories of unknown activists in the period.  She will also bring together core life course threads in the book including issues of as well as suffrage, gender and how memory and violence have been reconciled through the generations.
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Thu, Mar 15
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 15, 2018, 03/15/2018, Sarah-Anne Buckley discusses her book Family Histories of the Irish Revolution
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Johanna Hedva’s novel is a ferocious and furious operatic dystopian scream, eviscerating the prison-industrial complex, the power dynamics of surveillance, and the drag—both as performance and gravity—of living in crip time and in the body of a first-generation child of undocumented immigrants.
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Fri, Mar 16
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 16, 2018, 03/16/2018, Johanna Hedva discusses her book On Hell
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In most post-conflict countries nongovernmental organizations are everywhere, but their presence is misunderstood. In The NGO Game, Patrice McMahon investigates the unintended outcomes of what she calls the NGO boom in Bosnia and Kosovo. Using her years of fieldwork and interviews, McMahon argues that when international actors try to rebuild and reconstruct post-conflict countries, they often rely on and look to NGOs.
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Mon, Mar 19
6:15 pm

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Book Readings, March 19, 2018, 03/19/2018, Patrice McMahon discusses her book The NGO Game: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in the Balkans and Beyond
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Described as "(striding) into the gap between fiction and nonfiction as a means of disclosing hard, painful, and necessary truths," National Book Award finalist John Edgar Wideman's American Histories challenges the boundaries of traditional forms, and delivers unforgettable, immersive narratives that touch the very core of what it means to be alive.
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Mon, Mar 19
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Book Readings, March 19, 2018, 03/19/2018, John Edgar Wideman discusses his book American Histories
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Contemporary award-winning poets present their most recent work for the pleasure of listening to outstanding literary accomplishment. Featuring poets: Shane McCrae Sarah Blake Kazim Ali
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Tue, Mar 20
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, March 20, 2018, 03/20/2018, The Poets of Wesleyan University Press
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Crystal Parikh's book contends that unlike humanitarianism, which views its objects as victims, human rights provide avenues for the creation of political subjects. The author explores how the book illuminates a human rights critique of idealized American rights and freedoms that have been globalized in the twenty-first century.
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Tue, Mar 20
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Book Readings, March 20, 2018, 03/20/2018, Crystal Parikh discusses her book Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color
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A short, literary, powerful contemplation on how Jews are viewed in America since the election of Donald J. Trump, and how we can move forward to fight anti-Semitism.
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Tue, Mar 20
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Book Readings, March 20, 2018, 03/20/2018, Jonathan Weisman discusses his book Semitism: Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump
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Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.
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Tue, Mar 20
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 20, 2018, 03/20/2018, Emily X.R. Pan reads from book The Astonishing Color of After
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Justin Spring chronicles the lives of Americans in mid-century Paris— including Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, A. J. Liebling, and Alice B. Toklas—who changed the way we think about food, cooking, and wine. Spring, a National Book Award finalist, speaks with Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times about his new book.
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Wed, Mar 21
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 21, 2018, 03/21/2018, Justin Spring discusses his book The Gourmands’ Way: Americans in Paris and the New Gastronomy
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Williams traces the experiences of African American women as they travel to Jamaica, where they address the perils and disappointments of American racism by looking for happiness, girlfriendship, and intimacy. Through their encounters with Jamaicans, the women construct notions of racial, sexual, and emotional belonging.
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Wed, Mar 21
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 21, 2018, 03/21/2018, Bianca Williams discusses her book The Pursuit of Happiness
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Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband Charlie lead a charmed life. Then a terrible incident shakes the neighborhood, and her enviable dead-end block turns into a potent symbol of a divided city. With an acute eye that captures the snap crackle of modern life, bestselling author Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Wed, Mar 21
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Book Readings, March 21, 2018, 03/21/2018, Anna Quindlen discusses her book Alternate Side
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Without her alter-ego Erika Jayne, Erika Girardi says she’d just be “another rich bitch with a plane”—so get ready for the dishy, tell-all memoir from the cast memeber of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Thu, Mar 22
12:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 22, 2018, 03/22/2018, Erika Jayne discusses her book Pretty Mess
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African Muckraking is the first collection of investigative and campaigning journalism written by Africans and about Africa. The editors delved into the history of modern Africa to find the most important and compelling pieces of journalism on the stories that matter. This collection of 41 pieces of African journalism includes passionate and committed writing on labor abuses, police brutality, women’s rights, the struggle for democracy and independence on the continent and other subjects.
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Thu, Mar 22
5:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 22, 2018, 03/22/2018, Anya Schiffrin & George Lugalambi discuss their book African Muckraking
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Join the Whiting Foundation for readings in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama by the ten talented winners of the 2018 Whiting Awards, whose names will be announced on March 21. Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. 
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Thu, Mar 22
6:30 pm

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Readings, March 22, 2018, 03/22/2018, 2018 Whiting Award Winners Readings
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The Heart Is a Shifting Sea introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya’s desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love.
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Thu, Mar 22
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Book Readings, March 22, 2018, 03/22/2018, Elizabeth Flock reads from her book The Heart is a Shifting Sea
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Supporting a declaration fundamental to Russian body culture of the 1920s—“In the Beginning Was the Body”—The Russian Art of Movement, 1920-1930 highlights the development of modern dance, the language of movement and its representation during Russia’s revolutionary decade of 1920-1930. 
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Fri, Mar 23
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Book Readings, March 23, 2018, 03/23/2018, Nicoletta Misler discusses her book The Russian Art of Movement, 1920-1930
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In a completely original analysis, prize-winning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America’s rise as a world power—from the 1890s through the Cold War—and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony—covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance.  
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Fri, Mar 23
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 23, 2018, 03/23/2018, Alfred W. McCoy discusses his book In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power
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The six German-language authors of Festival Neue Literatur pair up with New York City actors to give a sampling from their work, providing a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.  Featuring Nava Ebrahimi, Robert Prosser, Fatma Aydemir, Philipp Winkler, Ursula Fricker and Meral Kureyshi and moderated by the festival curator Peter Blackstock. English excerpts will be read by the actors Adelind Horan and Robert Lyons.
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Sun, Mar 25
2:00 pm

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Readings, March 25, 2018, 03/25/2018, Festival Neue Literatur: The Author's Voice
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So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. Restrictions apply.  Call store for details.
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Mon, Mar 26
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 26, 2018, 03/26/2018, Brittney Cooper discusses her book Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
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Michael Massing seeks to restore Erasmus to his proper place in the Western tradition. The conflict between him and Luther, he argues, forms a fault line in Western thinking—the moment when two enduring schools of thought, Christian humanism and evangelical Christianity, took shape. A seasoned journalist who has reported from many countries, Massing here travels back to the early sixteenth century to recover a long-neglected chapter of Western intellectual life, in which the introduction of new ways of reading the Bible set loose social and cultural forces that helped shatter the millennial unity of Christendom and whose echoes can still be heard today.
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Mon, Mar 26
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 26, 2018, 03/26/2018, Michael Massing discusses his book Fatal Discord
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An unmissable chance to see Lamont "U-God" Hawkins, founding member of the iconic hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, in conversation with Sacha Jenkins, creative director of Mass Appeal.
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Mon, Mar 26
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 26, 2018, 03/26/2018, Lamont Hawkins, U-God from the Wu-Tang Clan, launches his memoir Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang
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Stephanie Elizondo Griest relays her experience of going home to South Texas to discover the steel wall that now divides her ancestral land, then finds a similar situation on the New York/Canada border. She weaves these stories together into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines and the people who live there.
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Mon, Mar 26
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Book Readings, March 26, 2018, 03/26/2018, Stephanie Elizondo Griest discusses her book All the Agents and Saints
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Robert Justin Goldstein of Oakland University specializes in the history of civil liberties in post-Civil War America and in 19th-century Europe and has published or edited almost 20 books on these subjects.
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Tue, Mar 27
4:30 pm

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Book Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Robert Justin Goldstein discusses his book Discrediting the Red Scare: The Cold War Trials of James Kutcher, 'The Legless Veteran'
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Why is national integration achieved in some diverse countries, while others are destabilized by political inequality between ethnic groups, contentious politics, or even separatism and ethnic war? Traversing centuries and continents from early nineteenth-century Europe and Asia to Africa from the turn of the twenty-first century to today, Andreas Wimmer delves into the forces that encourage political alliances to stretch across ethnic divides and build national unity.
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Tue, Mar 27
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Book Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Andreas Wimmer discusses his book Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart
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Led by Morgan Cunning, student writers and actors will read passages from Cajal’s remarkable books Recollections of My Life and Advice for a Young Neuroscientist.
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Tue, Mar 27
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Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Santiago Ramon y Cajal as Writer
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Elizabeth Smart follows up her #1 bestseller, My Story—about being held in captivity as a teenager, and how she managed to survive—with a powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life.
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Tue, Mar 27
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Book Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Elizabeth Smart discusses her book Where There's Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up
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An empowering letter from Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president that includes a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere.
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Tue, Mar 27
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Book Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Jennifer Palmieri discusses her book Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World
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For Penny Lee, high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
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Tue, Mar 27
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Book Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Mary H.K. Choi reads from her book Emergency Contact
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Why do human beings feel the need to create, remake, and keep images from and of everything? How are we supposed to live amid this glut of images? Men and Apparitions takes on a central question of our time through the wild musings and eventful life of Ezekiel Hooper Stark, cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, specialist in family photographs.
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Tue, Mar 27
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Book Readings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, Lynne Tillman reads from her book Men and Apparitions
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An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s This Is Us. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Mar 27
7:00 pm

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Book Signings, March 27, 2018, 03/27/2018, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz signs copies of her book This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today
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The shocking first-draft history of the Trump regime, and its clear authoritarian impulses, based on the viral Internet phenom “The Weekly List.”
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Wed, Mar 28
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Book Readings, March 28, 2018, 03/28/2018, Amy Siskind discusses her book The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year
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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson locates Indigenous political resurgence as a practice rooted in uniquely Indigenous theorizing, writing, organizing, and thinking. She makes clear that the goal of Indigenous resistance can no longer be cultural resurgence as a mechanism for inclusion in a multicultural mosaic, calling for unapologetic, place-based Indigenous alternatives to the destructive logics of the settler colonial state.
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Wed, Mar 28
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Book Readings, March 28, 2018, 03/28/2018, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson discusses her book As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance
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Empathy has become a gaping fault line in American culture. Pioneering programs aim to infuse our legal and educational systems with more empathic thinking, even as pundits argue over whether we should bother empathizing with our political opposites at all. Meanwhile, we are inundated with the buzzily termed “empathic marketing”—which may very well be a contradiction in terms.
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Wed, Mar 28
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Book Readings, March 28, 2018, 03/28/2018, Cris Beam reads from her book I Feel You
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What are the implications of the recent emergence of China and other non-Western economies? In the early 21st century, five rising or resurgent powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) formed an exclusive international club: the BRICS. The BRICS perceive an ongoing global power shift and contest the West’s pretensions to permanent stewardship of the world economic order. Despite their diversity, the BRICS cooperate to realize joint goals, including greater influence within the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
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Thu, Mar 29
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Book Readings, March 29, 2018, 03/29/2018, Cynthia Roberts discusses her book The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft
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The brutal murder of LaVerne Stordock, a respected family man and former police detective, shocked his Wisconsin community. On the surface, the case seemed closed with the confession of Stordock’s wife, Suzanne. But the trail of secrets and lies that began with his death did not end with his widow’s insanity plea.
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Thu, Mar 29
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Book Readings, March 29, 2018, 03/29/2018, Dorothy Marcic discusses her book With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice
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At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women’s self-defense movement. Some women were inspired to take up boxing and jiu-jitsu for very personal reasons that ranged from protecting themselves from attacks by strangers on the street to rejecting gendered notions about feminine weakness and empowering themselves as their own protectors.
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Thu, Mar 29
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, March 29, 2018, 03/29/2018, Wendy L. Rouse discusses her book Her Own Hero: The Origins of Women’s Self-Defense
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The phenomenon of "identity politics" represents one of the primary impasses of the contemporary left. The recent experience of the Democratic primaries and the re-emergence of social movements from Occupy to Black Lives Matter has generated a new context for identity politics to become an active force, and new ground to relitigate the frustrating debates between the partisans of "race" and "class" ad infinitum.  In Mistaken Identity, Asad Haider reaches for a different approach - one rooted in the rich legacies of the black freedom struggle. Drawing from the words and deeds of black revolutionary theorists, he argues that identity politics is not synonymous with anti-racism, but instead amounts to the neutralization of its movements, a retreat from the crucial passage from identity to solidarity, and from individual recognition to collective struggle against an oppressive social structure. 
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Thu, Mar 29
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Book Readings, March 29, 2018, 03/29/2018, Asad Haider reads from his book Mistaken Identity
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Janet Steele of George Washington University will speak on her newest book, which examines day-to-day reporting practices of Muslim professionals, from conservative scripturalists to pluralist cosmopolitans, at five exemplary news organizations in Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Fri, Mar 30
11:00 am

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Book Readings, March 30, 2018, 03/30/2018, Janet Steele discusses her book Mediating Islam
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Adrian Blevins's The Brass Girl Brouhaha was published by Ausable Press in 2003 and won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award.  Cate Marvin's poetry collections include World's Tallest Disaster (2001), which won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, and Oracle (2015). Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize.
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Fri, Mar 30
5:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, March 30, 2018, 03/30/2018, Poets Read: Cate Martin / Adrian Blevins / Tomás Q. Morín
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This collection of letters written to body parts weaves together narratives of gender, identity, and abuse. It is the coming together of those who have been fragmented and often met with disbelief. Contributors of the book have come together to share excerpts with you, bringing trans voices to the forefront of the ongoing national dialogue surrounding sexualized and gender-based violence.
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Sat, Mar 31
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Book Readings, March 31, 2018, 03/31/2018, Contributors read from the book Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
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“When you look in the mirror and see a smart, angry girl who wants to be free, you’re seeing a paradigm Kathy helped bring into the realm of the recognizable,” writes Sarah Schulman in The Gentrification of the Mind. Schulman invites more than seventy artists—including many of Acker’s peers, friends, mentees, and cultural descendants—for a marathon reading of the notorious 1978 novel Blood and Guts in High School. Its plot, partly situated in the East Village, spins the all-American coming-of-age story into a girl riot. With Lynne Tillman, Carolee Schneemann, Charles Bernstein, Penny Arcade, Jennifer Blowdryer, Justin Vivian Bond, Richard Foreman, John Godfrey, Bette Gordon, Jessica Hagedorn, Carla Harryman, Tracie Morris, Matias Viegener, Tommy Pico, Betsy Sussler, Carl Hancock Rux, Bina Sharif, Kate Zambreno and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Apr 8
12:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 08, 2018, 04/08/2018, A Marathon Reading of Kathy Acker's Blood and Guts in High School
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Contemporary award-winning poets present their most recent work for the pleasure of listening to outstanding literary accomplishment. Featuring poets: Mahogany L. Browne Caylin Capra-Thomas Jamie Mortara Aziza Barnes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 17
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, April 17, 2018, 04/17/2018, The Poets of YesYes Books
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The history of muses in fashion — especially Loulou de la Falaise, whose bohemian spirit and fearless sense of style caught the attention of Yves Saint Laurent. She is the subject of Petkanas’s new book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Apr 25
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, April 25, 2018, 04/25/2018, Christopher Petkanas discusses his book Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de la Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent
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Classical Music | Orchestral works by Classical and Contemporary composers

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Play | A funny story about weddings

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