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65 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Fri, 01/24/2020 - and on...

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!

Reading | Voyeurs, Exhibitionists, Criminals, and Misanthropes: Writers Remember Times Square


Times Square as a center of gritty life is long gone, but among this group of writers, it’s not forgotten. This is an evening of provocative readings by Noah Prince, Peter Nolan Smith, and Claudia Summers. The Disneyfication of the area is complete, and for many what remains is a memory of a time in the life of New York City prior to commercialization, gentrification, and the gutting of neighborhoods and the colorful characters who inhabited them. Just as Jane Dickson’s paintings describe her experiences of living in Times Square—once a mecca for voyeurs, exhibitionists, criminals, and misanthropes—these writers describe a bygone era of this infamous locale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 25
7:00 pm

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Readings, January 25, 2020, 01/25/2020, Voyeurs, Exhibitionists, Criminals, and Misanthropes: Writers Remember Times Square

Author Reading | Lewis Milestone: Life and Films


Creator of such recognized classic films as All Quiet on the Western Front, Of Mice and Men and Pork Chop Hill, Lewis Milestone rose from humble Russian-speaking Jewish origins in Kishinev to become one of the leading directors of Hollywood's Golden Age. During the course of his long career he worked with many great stars, and maintained close contact with Soviet filmmakers. His Russian origins and left-wing sympathies made him a target of the anti-Communist hysteria of the late 1940s, but he survived into the 1960s with Ocean's 11 and Mutiny on the Bounty. Harlow Robinson's book is the first major study of this fascinating cinema pioneer.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 27
12:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 27, 2020, 01/27/2020, Lewis Milestone: Life and Films

Author Reading | The Palgrave Handbook of Development Economics: Critical Reflections on Globalization and Development


Editors José Antonio Ocampo and Machiko Nissanke discuss their recently published book which responds to the needs and aspirations of current and future generations of development economists by providing critical reference material alongside or in relation to mainstream propositions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 27
5:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 27, 2020, 01/27/2020, The Palgrave Handbook of Development Economics: Critical Reflections on Globalization and Development

Poetry Reading | New Poetry: Eight Track / Moira of Edges, Moira the Tart


Oana Avasilichioaei's Eight Track is a transliterary exploration of traces. Sound recordings, surveillance cameras, desert geoglyphs, drone operators, refugee interviews, animal imprints, and audio signals manifest moments of inspired wonder, systems of power, slippages, debris. In “the great era of seeing” when the boundary between tracking agent and monitored subject is worn thin by politics and commerce, Eight Track assembles a set of discordant melodies, transcriptions, and images in a struggle to hold on to agency and awe. Moina Pam Dick's Moira of Edges, Moira the Tart reimagines hermitry, penitence and ardor through the figure of artist and lay philosopher Moira (sometimes Moina) Jones. Part-hagiography, part-künstlerroman in poetic mode, Moira of Edges fractures into disclosing edge time: a limned threshold; a vibrating line; an angular meditation on form, mind, god, sex, the metaphysics of time and perception. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 27
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, January 27, 2020, 01/27/2020, New Poetry: Eight Track / Moira of Edges, Moira the Tart

Author Reading | Run-DMC's Joseph Simmons Presents His Book Old School Love: And Why It Works


Rap pioneer Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons and his wife Justine on how to make love last. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 27, 2020, 01/27/2020, Run-DMC's Joseph Simmons Presents His Book Old School Love: And Why It Works

Author Reading | Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines


Design legends Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser will be in conversation to present Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines. For more than fifty years, Bernard and Glaser have revolutionized the look of magazine journalism. In Mag Men, they recount their storied careers, offering insiders’ perspective on some of the most iconic design work of the twentieth century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 28
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 28, 2020, 01/28/2020, Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines

Author Reading | Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis


Women have become increasingly targeted in the War on Drugs, resulting in the “feminization” of the US War on Drugs. In the era of the overdose death crisis, whose bodies are most vulnerable to increased risk of harm, death, violence, social surveillance and policing? What can we do in order to envision a world where substance use is not pathologized and where prisons and jails are not a standard policy solution? With author Kimberly Sue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 28
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 28, 2020, 01/28/2020, Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis

Author Reading | Living in Color: What's Funny About Me


Welcoming actor and comedian Tommy Davidson. He will be discussing and signing his memoir, his unique story on making it in Hollywood, being an integral part of television history, on fame and family, and on living a life that has never been black and white. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Jan 28
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 28, 2020, 01/28/2020, Living in Color: What's Funny About Me

Author Reading | Notes Going Underground: The World Between Life and Death


Joram Piatigorsky's short stories create an intriguing world between life and death. We see the world through a human lens, with its benefits and limitations. However, the mind and imagination can wander into foreign territories and indulge in fantasies with different rules that challenge our concepts of being human.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 28
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 28, 2020, 01/28/2020, Notes Going Underground: The World Between Life and Death

Author Reading | In That Time: Michael O’Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam


Daniel Weiss’s In That Time tells the story of the American experience in Vietnam through the life of Michael O’Donnell, a bright young musician and poet who served as a soldier and helicopter pilot. O’Donnell wrote with great sensitivity and poetic force, and his best-known poem is among the most beloved of the war. In 1970, during an attempt to rescue fellow soldiers stranded under heavy fire, O’Donnell’s helicopter was shot down in the jungles of Cambodia. He remained missing in action for almost three decades. Weiss will talk about O’Donnell life and legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death and the war in Vietnam more generally. 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Wine and Cheese 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Main event Introduction by Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, Department of History Book talk by Daniel Weiss Discussion with audience 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Book signing and reception with light refreshments and drinks
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 29
4:30 pm

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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, In That Time: Michael O&rsquo;Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam

Author Reading | Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond


Pauline Brown, longtime leader in the luxury goods sector and former Chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton North America, reinvents the art and science of brand-building.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 29
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond

Author Reading | Run Me to Earth


The Young Lions Award winner author Paul Yoon narrates a story of escape and survival in 1960s Laos. United by devastating loss, Alisak, Prany, and Noi are taking shelter in a bombed out hospital when they meet Vang, a doctor who is helping the wounded. Soon the three teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky. When at last Vang secures their escape on the last helicopter out of the country, their lives change forever.  Run Me to Earth spans decades and continents as Paul Yoon weaves a story that is equal parts history, heart, and hope. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 29
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, Run Me to Earth

Author Reading | #MeToo in the Corporate World: Power, Privilege, and the Path Forward


Economist and award-winning author Sylvia Ann Hewlett will be discussing and signing copies of her new release, a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the #MeToo movement in corporate America. She will be in conversation with Cornel West, professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, #MeToo in the Corporate World: Power, Privilege, and the Path Forward

Author Reading | A Beautiful Crime: A "Delicious Literary Thriller"


From Christopher Bollen, the author of The Destroyers comes another “delicious literary thriller” (People)—a twisty story of deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a high-stakes con.
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Wed, Jan 29
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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, A Beautiful Crime: A "Delicious Literary Thriller"

Author Reading | All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris


Beatriz Williams, bestselling author of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Roomm returns with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris' legendary Ritz hotel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 29
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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris

Author Reading | Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death


This new biography by former Museum Director David G. Marwell describes the notorious war criminal’s training and early promise as a scientist; his wartime service in combat and at Auschwitz; and his postwar refuge in Germany and South America. It chronicles the international search for Mengele in 1985 that ended in a cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the dogged forensic investigation that eventually confirmed his death. Marwell will be in conversation with Thorsten Wagner, Executive Director, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 29
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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death

Author Reading | The Birth Mother: A Life-Changing Trip to China


Seymour Ubell's powerful debut novel tells the story of a high-powered American entrepreneur on a business trip to China that will change the course of his family's life forever.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 29
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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, The Birth Mother: A Life-Changing Trip to China

Author Reading | We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style


Kate Aronoff and Mychal Denzel Smith discuss how capitalism and neoliberalism have failed the working class, particularly people of color and other marginalized communities.   Witnessing the current resurgence of democratic socialism in the United States, as exemplified by the growing membership of Democratic Socialists of America and the popularity of politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, they explore how this energy might be channeled to achieve a future that is more democratic, egalitarian, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable in the age of Trump and beyond.
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Wed, Jan 29
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Author Readings, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism--American Style

Author Reading | Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War


Jana Krause focuses on civilian agency and mobilization 'from below' and explains violence and non-violence in communal wars. Drawing on extensive field research on ethno-religious conflicts in Ambon/Maluku Province in eastern Indonesia and Jos/Plateau State in central Nigeria, this book shows how civilians responded to local conflict dynamics very differently, evading, supporting, or collectively resisting armed groups.
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Thu, Jan 30
12:10 pm

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Author Readings, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War

Author Reading | Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions


Whereas people often turn to institutions – the rules that structure human interactions – to understand outcomes, and to effect policy changes, both analysts and policymakers often decry the failure of weak institutions to accomplish their purpose in Latin America. In this book, María Victoria Murillo, Daniel Brinks and Steven Levitsky offer a conceptual framework for studying weak institutions, and a typology of institutional weakness that helps to clarify the political puzzles posed by institutions that do not accomplish their ostensible purpose. 
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Thu, Jan 30
4:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions

Author Reading | Disturbance: Surviving the Charlie Hebdo Attack


Disturbance is Philippe Lancon's memoir on surviving the Charlie Hebdo attack recently published by Europa Editions. Lancon, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo was gravely wounded in the January 7, 2015 attack at that magazine's Paris offices. The residual trauma upended his relationship to the world, to writing, to reading, to love and to friendship. As he attempted to reconstruct his life on the page, Lancon reread Proust, Thomas Mann, Kafka, and others, in search of guidance. Disturbance is not an essay on terrorism nor is it a witness's account of Charlie Hebdo. It is an honest, intimate account of a man seeking to put his life back together after it has been torn apart. It is a book about survival, resilience, and reconstruction, about transformation, about one man's shifting relationship to time, to writing and journalism, to truth, and to his own body.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jan 30
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Disturbance: Surviving the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Author Reading | Darwin's Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues


Author David Orenstein tells the story of Darwin, his life, times, and some of the brave scientists who supported and advocated for the scientific theory of evolution…and how the battle continues today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 30
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Darwin's Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues

Author Reading | Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century


Sarah Cole provides a definitive account of Wells’s work and ideas. She contends that Wells casts new light on modernism and its values: on topics from warfare to science to time, his work resonates both thematically and aesthetically with some of the most ambitious modernists. At the same time, unlike many modernists, Wells believed that literature had a pressing place in public life, and his works reached a wide range of readers. While recognizing Wells’s limitations, Cole offers a new account of his distinctive style as well as his interventions into social and political thought. She illuminates how Wells embodies twentieth-century literature at its most expansive and engaged. An ambitious rethinking of Wells as both writer and thinker, Inventing Tomorrow suggests that he offers a timely model for literature’s moral responsibility to imagine a better global future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 30
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century

Author Reading | Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis


"Jamieson Webster’s new work reflects upon that aspect of hysteria—or conversion disorder—that has eluded the attention of most commentators: the indifference of the subject at the very moment that the symptom is most clearly enacted. This point of departure allows Webster to think about what the body contains but also what traverses the body at a level that is prior to speech, that is perhaps the condition of speech itself." — Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 31
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, January 31, 2020, 01/31/2020, Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis

Poetry Reading | Honeysuckle: Queerness of the Natural World


Celebrate the release of Robin Gow’s debut chapbook by Finished Line Press with a reading by Gow and other emerging trans and gender non-conforming poets. Robin Gow‘s poetry has recently been published in Poetry, New Delta Review and Roanoke Review. Honeysuckle explores the words we use to name our queerness and finds queerness of the natural world–reveling the possibility of queer language in the past, present, and future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 1
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, February 01, 2020, 02/01/2020, Honeysuckle: Queerness of the Natural World

Author Reading | Mussolini's Camps: Civilian Internment in Fascist Italy (1940-1943)


Carlo Spartaco Capogreco’s book focuses on the Italian concentration camps between 1940 and 1943 and contextualizes them in the history of civilian detention between the rise of colonialism and the totalitarian era. When originally published in the popular Einaudi series of Gli Struzzi, Mussolini’s Camps made a statement, both historiographical and political, on the lack of public focus on the history of state violence and the parallel crystallization of the memory of Auschwitz to stand for every form of abuse perpetrated in the Nazi-Fascist era. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 3
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, February 03, 2020, 02/03/2020, Mussolini's Camps: Civilian Internment in Fascist Italy (1940-1943)

Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Read Their Work


An evening of poetry and discussion with Grace Schulman, Gregory Pardlo and Anders Carlson-Wee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 3
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Poetry Readings, February 03, 2020, 02/03/2020, 3 Poets Read Their Work

Book Signing | Nadav Kander: The Meeting


Regardless of his sitter―whether family member or influential celebrity―the portraiture of London-based photographer Nadav Kander (born 1961) shows what makes that particular individual human. His aim is to move beyond capturing an accurate likeness―to access the emotions within, the uncertainty, the shadow as much as the light, the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden. This collection, the first book dedicated to his portraiture, shows the range and nuance of Kander’s work. His enigmatic depictions of actors, artists, musicians, authors, sports icons and political leaders―from Barack Obama, John le Carré and Alexander McQueen to Tracey Emin, Robert Plant and Prince Charles―are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability.
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Tue, Feb 4
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Book Signings, February 04, 2020, 02/04/2020, Nadav Kander: The Meeting

Author Reading | What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She


While it may seem like adding preferred pronouns to email signatures and nametags at conferences is part of the zeitgeist, pioneering linguist Dennis Baron provides historical points of reference that shed light on a long tradition of coining gender pronouns. Shakespeare invoked the use of singular they and women adopted the generic use of he to assert their right to vote.  What’s Your Pronoun? examines the role pronouns have historically played in determining our rights and identities. From legislation to literature to the press, Baron shows the many areas of life where pronoun-expression matters and affects the way we treat different groups. Linguist Dennis Baron has written articles on language issues for The New York Times; The Washington Post; the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune; and other newspapers, on topics such as official English, American resistance to studying foreign languages, and grammar. He has been a columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has written for Inside Higher Ed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 4
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, February 04, 2020, 02/04/2020, What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

Author Reading |
More Than Words: A Woman at a Crossroads


Internationally bestselling author Jill Santopolo will be discussing and signing the paperback edition of her tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father and caught between the love of two men.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 4
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Author Readings, February 04, 2020, 02/04/2020, More Than Words: A Woman at a Crossroads

Author Reading | San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock, and a Third-Place Baseball Team


The story of San Francisco in 1978, as well as an exploration of how the San Francisco of today, a city of deep contradictions, came into being. San Francisco is now one of the most socially liberal cities in America, but it also has some of the nation’s worst income inequality. It is a playground for tech millionaires, with an outrageously high cost of living, yet it also supports vibrant alternative and avant-garde scenes. So how did the city get this way? With author Lincoln Mitchell.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 5
12:10 pm

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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock, and a Third-Place Baseball Team

Author Reading | A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Reporters Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker Discuss Their Book


Leonnig and Rucker, who were part of the newspaper's reporting team that won a 2018 Pulitzer for its reporting on Trump and Russia, describe, in previously unreported detail, a dangerously "uninformed" and at times erratic commander in chief.  Restrictions may apply. Call for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 5
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Reporters Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker Discuss Their Book

Author Reading | Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal


An illustrated talk with author Eric K. Washington:about the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878-1948), the former African-American chief of Grand Central Terminal’s iconic Red Caps. The mostly Harlem-based baggage porters once formed the essential labor force of America’s most august railroad station. Under Chief Williams, literally hundreds of college-bound black men—notably during the Harlem Renaissance era of the 1920s—succeeded in attaining mortarboards by donning a red cap.
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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Author Reading | African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church


Author Elizabeth A. Foster examines how French imperialists and the Africans they ruled imagined the religious future of French sub-Saharan Africa in the years just before and after decolonization. The story encompasses the political transition to independence, Catholic contributions to black intellectual currents, and efforts to alter the church hierarchy to create an authentically “African” church. Elizabeth Foster recreates a Franco-African world forged by conquest, colonization, missions, and conversions—one that still exists today.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church

Author Reading | Homie: A Poetry Collection For Friendship


Danez Smith returns with their third collection, Homie, an anthem written for friends Smith’s and yours. Smith searches for, and discovers, joy and intimacy, even amid a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity. Homie is an exaltation for the friendships that make it possible. In addition to reading aloud their own work, Smith will be joined on stage by several of the friends for whom the volume was created.  Danez Smith is the author of the poetry collection [insert] Boy and Don't Call Us Dead: Poems, both of which have received multiple awards.
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Wed, Feb 5
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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, Homie: A Poetry Collection For Friendship

Author Reading | Irving Berlin: New York Genius


Irving Berlin (1888–1989) has been called—by George Gershwin, among others—the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. “Berlin has no place in American music,” legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote; “he is American music.” In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some fifteen hundred tunes, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “God Bless America,” and “White Christmas.” From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin’s work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity.   Exploring the interplay of Berlin’s life with the life of New York City, noted biographer James Kaplan offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as self‑made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant. This fast‑paced, musically opinionated biography uncovers Berlin’s unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics. Masterfully written and psychologically penetrating, Kaplan’s book underscores Berlin’s continued relevance in American popular culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 5
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, Irving Berlin: New York Genius

Author Reading | The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception


Author, David Michaels sounds the alarm about the nefarious influence dark money and corporations have on the rules and regulations affecting the well-being of every U.S. citizen. He clearly outlines how Big Tobacco’s playbook is being used to cast doubt on science in industries as diverse as construction (re: health effects of silica, a particle that causes lung disease even in miniscule amounts); pharmaceuticals (the opioid industry and its culpability for the current epidemic) and personal care products (talc in baby powder), oil and gas (climate change and air pollution/asthma), and even professional football (concussions). Michaels brings these stories to life, relaying the effects suffered by real people as these industries have dragged their feet for years in implementing health and safety rules—often spending millions of dollars to create doubt about the science where none should exist. He also writes about how this phenomenon has only accelerated since the election of Donald Trump. Before, these interests usually did not have the willing help of federal government agencies in implementing their plans—now, they overwhelmingly do.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 5
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception

Author Reading | When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains


In this remarkably moving memoir, Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 5
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Author Readings, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

Author Reading | Giuseppe Mazzini’s Young Europe and the Birth of Modern Nationalism in the Slavic World


Anna Procyk's book examines the intellectual currents in Eastern Europe that attracted educated youth after the Polish Revolution of 1830. Focusing on the political ideas brought to the slavic world from the West by Polish émigré conspirators, Procyk explores the core message that the Polish revolutionaries carried, a message based on the democratic principles espoused by Young Europe’s founder, Giuseppe Mazzini.
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Thu, Feb 6
12:00 pm

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Author Readings, February 06, 2020, 02/06/2020, Giuseppe Mazzini&rsquo;s Young Europe and the Birth of Modern Nationalism in the Slavic World

Poetry Reading | Literature Out Loud: Classical Love Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month, the foundation and evolution of love poetry will be explored. In this session, you can examine and discuss the foundation of the poetic expression of love, from Petrarch and Shakespeare to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti.  All literary enthusiasts are welcome! Participate in literature, connect with other readers, and take with you a bit of literary insight to season the rest of your day.
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Thu, Feb 6
1:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, February 06, 2020, 02/06/2020, Literature Out Loud: Classical Love Poetry

Author Reading | Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season


Author Bernd Brunner draws on literature and art, science and history, modern pastimes and time-honored traditions to explore how humans have long survived and celebrated the coldest time of year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 7
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Author Readings, February 07, 2020, 02/07/2020, Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season

Author Reading | Surviving the Peace: The Struggle for Postwar Recovery in Bosnia-Herzegovina


Peter Lippman's Surviving the Peace is a monumental feat of ground-level reporting describing two decades of postwar life in Bosnia, specifically among those fighting for refugee rights of return. Unique in its breadth and profoundly humanitarian in its focus, Surviving the Peace situates digestible explanations of the region's bewilderingly complex recent history among interviews, conversations, and tableaus from the lives of everyday Bosnians attempting to make sense of what passes for normal in a postwar society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 10
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Author Readings, February 10, 2020, 02/10/2020, Surviving the Peace: The Struggle for Postwar Recovery in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Reading | "A Woman Who Knows Her Magic": An Immersive Experience


A multimedia experience of words, sounds and images from playwright and poet Ntozake Shange’s works and influences. Built by students, faculty and staff. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, February 10, 2020, 02/10/2020, "A Woman Who Knows Her Magic": An Immersive Experience

Author Reading | Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy


From the 1950s to the 1980s, Martha Graham and her dance company toured the world under the auspices of the State Department. Martha Graham’s Cold War examines Graham’s role as a cultural ambassador and how her work was used by the United States as pro-Western propaganda during the Cold War. The panel will include: - Victoria Phillips, author of Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy - Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History - Lynn Garafola, Professor Emerita of Dance, Barnard College - Richard R. John, Professor of Journalism - Whitney Laemmli, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
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Author Readings, February 10, 2020, 02/10/2020, Martha Graham&rsquo;s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

Reading | Three (Trans) Lives: Readings


How can the writing of trans lives move beyond the confessional memoir? Three different writers with three different trans lives and three different styles read selections from current or forthcoming works and discuss together the relation between trans lives and trans writing.  Cecilia Gentili currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. She is also a contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and is a collaborator with Translatina Network. Torrey Peters is the author of the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. She also holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She’ll have her first novel, Detransition, Baby, published by One World/Random House in August of 2020. McKenzie Wark is the author of some books, including Capital is Dead (Verso 2019) and most recently, Reverse Cowgirl (Semiotexte 2020). She teaches at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Social Research. 
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Author Reading | The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today


A comprehensive and instructional guide to the new sexual landscape, covering "new territories" such as bondage, role playing, and sex toys that would make your parents blush. Since the publication of The Joy of Sex in 1972, the sexual landscape's boundaries have been expanded to include a host of practices that are unthinkable in that classic tome. With author Betony Vernon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Feb 11
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, February 11, 2020, 02/11/2020, The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today

Author Reading | Ghosts of the Missing: 12-Year-Old's Disappearance


Kathleen Donohoe (Ashes of Fiery Weather) launches her second novel, about the mysterious disappearance of a 12-year-old girl and the reverberations of this tragedy in her small hometown.
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Author Readings, February 11, 2020, 02/11/2020, Ghosts of the Missing: 12-Year-Old's Disappearance

Author Reading | Crude Intentions: How Oil Corruption Contaminates the World


Alexandra Gillies's new book examines the corruption crisis that erupted during the 2008 to 2014 oil boom, when nine trillion dollars in new money flooded the oil-producing world. Observing the oil boom is like placing a drop of dye in the circulatory system of global corruption, and watching as it reveals the system's channels and pathways. Company bosses signed off on risky schemes to snap up choice oil blocks.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Crude Intentions: How Oil Corruption Contaminates the World

Author Reading | As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction


Dan Peres's As Needed for Pain is a raw and riveting—and often wryly funny—addiction memoir from one of New York media’s most accomplished editors which explores his never-before-told story of opioid addiction and the drastic impact it had on his life and career.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction

Author Reading | Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach


The development of human rights norms is one of the most significant achievements in international relations and law since 1945, but the continuing influence of human rights is increasingly being questioned by authoritarian governments, nationalists, and pundits. Unfortunately, the proliferation of new rights, linking rights to other issues such as international crimes or the activities of business, and attempting to address every social problem from a human rights perspective risk undermining their credibility, argues Hurst Hannum in Rescuing Human Rights. Hannum calls for understanding 'human rights' as international human rights law and maintaining the distinctions between binding legal obligations on governments and broader issues of ethics, politics, and social change.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach

Author Reading | Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem


With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Daniel Day pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. In this book, Dapper Dan tells his full story for the first time. Book signing to follow the presentation.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Author Reading | A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism


When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Yet even with its monopoly on ideology and power, the Soviet Communist Party never succeeded in overcoming religion. Instead, atheism was reimagined as an alternative cosmology with its own set of positive beliefs, practices, and spiritual commitments. Through its engagements with religion, the Soviet leadership realized that removing religion from the "sacred spaces" of Soviet life was not enough and eventually—in a stunning and unexpected reversal—Mikhail Gorbachev abandoned atheism and reintroduced religion into public life as the Soviet experiment was nearing its end. Author Victoria Smolkin explores the meaning of atheism for religious life, for Communist ideology, and for Soviet politics.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Book Signing | Jane Dickson in Times Square: A Grittier Time


Coinciding with Dickson’s exhibition Hot, Hot, Hot: Paintings of Times Square Peep Shows, this is a book signing, slide show, and discussion with editor Johan Kugelberg for her critically acclaimed book, Jane Dickson in Times Square, published by Anthology Editions.
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Book Signings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Jane Dickson in Times Square: A Grittier Time

Author Reading | The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives


In the 1910s historian Harry Harootunian's parents Ohannes and Vehanush escaped the mass slaughter of the Armenian genocide, making their way to France, where they first met, before settling in Detroit. Although his parents rarely spoke of their families and the horrors they survived, the genocide and their parents' silence about it was a permanent backdrop to the Harootunian children's upbringing. In The Unspoken as Heritage, Harootunian—for the first time in his distinguished career—turns to his personal life and family heritage to explore the genocide's multigenerational afterlives that remain at the heart of the Armenian diaspora. Drawing on novels, anecdotes, and reports, Harootunian presents a composite sketch of the everyday life of his parents, from their childhood in East Anatolia to the difficulty of making new lives in the United States.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives

Author Reading | Rebel Lives: Photographs from Inside the Lord’s Resistance Army


A disturbing visual story about the life inside the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda. The LRA, led by the infamous Joseph Kony, was active in northern Uganda from the second half of the 1980s. The rebel group became notorious for the use of extreme violence, in particular its large-scale abductions of children. Kristof Titeca's Rebel Lives is a visual story about life inside the rebel movement: based on photographs taken by LRA commanders between 1994 and 2004, this book documents life within violent circumstances, and depicts the rebels as they wanted to be seen among themselves and by the outside world.
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Author Readings, February 14, 2020, 02/14/2020, Rebel Lives: Photographs from Inside the Lord&rsquo;s Resistance Army

Author Reading | New Thrillers: The Sun Down Motel / The Return


Welcome authors Simone St. James and Rachel Harrison. They will be discussing their intense new thrillers with Abby Endler, creator of popular crime fiction blog, Crime By the Book.
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Wed, Feb 19
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Author Readings, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, New Thrillers: The Sun Down Motel / The Return

Poetry Reading | Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month, the foundation and evolution of love poetry will be explored. In this session, understand and discuss the complex evolution of love poetry in our modern era, from Adrienne Rich to John Berryman to Pablo Neruda. All literary enthusiasts are welcome! Participate in literature, connect with other readers, and take with you a bit of literary insight to season the rest of your day.
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Thu, Feb 20
1:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, Literature Out Loud: Modern Love Poetry

Author Reading | Find Me: André Aciman Reads from His Sequel to Call Me By Your Name


A reading and Q&A with André Aciman, about his latest novel. Published in 2019, it is a sequel to his 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name. Aciman, a professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is a memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of 17th century literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Feb 21
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Find Me: Andr&eacute; Aciman Reads from His Sequel to Call Me By Your Name

Author Reading | Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America's Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them


In this book presentation, Carol Spencer will share the history of the Barbie doll, and how it evolved to become an American icon. Spencer held a design position at Mattel during a time when technology and marketing changed rapidly. She will discuss her designs for Barbie spanning four decades. Book signing to follow the presentation.
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Tue, Feb 25
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Author Readings, February 25, 2020, 02/25/2020, Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America's Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them

Author Reading | The Future We Choose: Architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement 


Architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement address what is arguably the most urgent and consequential challenge humankind has ever faced—the world's changing climate —and present us with options for how we all must act to fend off disaster.
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Author Readings, February 25, 2020, 02/25/2020, The Future We Choose:&nbsp;Architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement&nbsp;

Author Reading | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made. This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life.
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Thu, Feb 27
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Author Readings, February 27, 2020, 02/27/2020, Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author Reading | Facebook: The Inside Story


He has had unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for three years. And now renowned tech writer Steven Levy delivers the definitive history of one of America’s most powerful and controversial companies: Facebook.
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Thu, Feb 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, February 27, 2020, 02/27/2020, Facebook: The Inside Story

Poetry Reading | Six Years of Poets in Residence


With: Sonia Sanchez, inaugural resident Yusef Komunyakaa, 2016 resident Idra Novey, 2017 resident Gregory Pardlo, 2018 resident Grace Schulman, 2019 resident
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Poetry Readings, March 09, 2020, 03/09/2020, Six Years of Poets in Residence

Poetry Reading | Verses Sacred & Profane: A Spicy Literary Lushness


LindaAnn LoSchiavo reads her poetry from Concupiscent Consumption [Red Ferret Press, 2020] and A Route Obscure and Lonely [Wapshott Press, 2020]. Michael Palma reads his terza rima translations from Dante’s Commedia — Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso [W.W. Norton].
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Poetry Readings, March 21, 2020, 03/21/2020, Verses Sacred & Profane: A Spicy Literary Lushness

Author Reading | Constellations: Reflections from Life


How do you tell the story of a life in a body, as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood? How do you tell that story when you are not just a woman but a woman in Ireland? In these powerful essays, Sinéad Gleeson does those very things. Throughout this wide-ranging collection she also turns her restless eye outwards delving into work, art and our very ways of seeing, taking us on a journey that is both uniquely personal and yet universal in its resonance. Reading and conversation, with reception to follow.
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Author Readings, March 24, 2020, 03/24/2020, Constellations: Reflections from Life
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