Corinne Manning

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Corinne Manning talks about their debut story collection, We Had No Rules (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020), and the journey to write freely and openly while considering “all the ways in which we might erase ourselves by trying to hit mainstream ideals” in this virtual event for the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center’s 2020 Queer Novel miniseries. Manning is featured in “First Fiction 2020” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Brit Bennett on The Vanishing Half

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“What I was interested in was the idea of this character committing to whiteness as this act, and the idea that race can be performed but at the same time it has these real implications in your life.” In this Politics and Prose virtual event, Brit Bennett speaks about the topics of duality, passing, and family in her latest novel, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead Books, 2020), with New York Times Magazine editor Jazmine Hughes.

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Linton Kwesi Johnson

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“This is a poem I wrote nearly fifty years ago in response to the war that the Metropolitan Police force had declared against the Black youth of my generation,” says Linton Kwesi Johnson in this video for the Geraldine Connor Foundation’s Generations Dreaming online event last month. The recent PEN Pinter Prize–winner reads his poems “All Wi Doin is Defendin,” “It Dread inna Inglan (for George Lindo),” “Mekin Histri,” and “License fi Kill.”

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Jean Kyoung Frazier

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“Don’t be embarrassed by what you like, just be ready to own it.” A Mighty Blaze’s Rachel Barenbaum speaks with Jean Kyoung Frazier about advice for emerging writers and the inspiration for her debut novel, Pizza Girl (Doubleday, 2020). Frazier is featured in “First Fiction 2020” in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Quotients

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“Jeremy could not move, speak. Happenings were happening too fast, and his mind switched from simple sentences.” In this virtual Center for Fiction event, Tracy O’Neill reads from her new novel, Quotients (Soho Press, 2020), and speaks with Gina Apostol about the book’s themes and how they relate to our times.

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Tyrone Williams: ENCLAVE Series

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“To be seen and not / heard, herded, and yet, / heralded—ambidoxic / harem, primary colors-studded...” Tyrone Williams reads “Alhambra,” “taškīl,” and “The D.I.Y. Archive” from his poetry collection As iZ (Omnidawn, 2018) in this third installment of ENCLAVE, a virtual series of readings by contemporary innovative poets curated by Rae Armantrout and Jeanne Heuving.

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Shirley

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Shirley (Blue Rider Press, 2014), Susan Scarf Merrell’s historical fiction novel about a young couple who stay at the home of horror writer Shirley Jackson and literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman in 1964, has been adapted into a feature film of the same name. Directed by Josephine Decker, the thriller stars Logan Lerman, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Odessa Young.

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Brown Album

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“In those brown albums, our family at times looks like a family and at other times not.” Porochista Khakpour reads from her new book, Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage, 2020), and talks to author Tania James in this virtual Politics and Prose Bookstore event video. 

PEN to Paper: Ananda Naima González

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“I’m also asking you to unleash the cry of the subconscious, and to listen and record that voice from within without fear or judgment. Listening to yourself in that way is actually a radical act of self-love.” Ananda Naima González leads an exercise in asemic writing for PEN to Paper, a video series of original writing exercises from authors participating in PEN America’s 2020 Digital World Voices Festival: These Truths.

Utopia Avenue

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“It follows the band’s ascent up the wobbly ladder of stardom and the Faustian pact with fame, the hidden costs of getting what they want and the way dreams are not quite the same when they come true.” In this Booktopia TV video, David Mitchell talks about the premise of his eighth novel, Utopia Avenue (Random House, 2020), which is featured in Page One in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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