Drive My Car

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Drive My Car is a film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name, directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and starring Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura. The film, which won best screenplay at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, follows the relationship between a widowed theater actor-director and a young woman hired to be his chauffeur.

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J. Jennifer Espinoza Reads “My Trans Body”

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“I pick up the phone and send you some words / about my trans body,” reads J. Jennifer Espinoza from her poem “My Trans Body,” included in her collection Outside of the Body There Is Something Like Hope (Big Lucks, 2018), in this installment of Ours Poetica, a video series produced by the Poetry Foundation in collaboration with Complexly.

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Farah Bashir in Conversation With Madhuri Vijay

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“The opening and closing of windows really meant a thin line between life and death,” says Farah Bashir, author of Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir (HarperCollins India, 2021), in this reading and conversation with Madhuri Vijay for Champaca Books.

Kyle Lucia Wu at Books Are Magic

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“It was September: autumn only in advertisements, cartoon-orange leaves and red backpacks lining the signs for back-to-school sales, the warmth whittling down but still keeping us in short sleeves.” In this Books Are Magic event, Kyle Lucia Wu reads from her debut novel, Win Me Something (Norton, 2021), and speaks with Crystal Hana Kim about her writing process.

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Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure

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“Etel Adnan was trained as an academic philosopher but found her voice as a poet.” Watch this video for “Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure,” a current exhibition of the artist’s paintings, tapestries, and works on paper at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Adnan died at the age of ninety-six on November 14, 2021.

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2021 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award Reading

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In this virtual reading hosted by Poets & Writers’ Bonnie Rose Marcus, the winners of the 2021 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from the state of Rhode Island, fiction writer Courtney Denelle and poet Jodie Noel Vinson, read from their work and are introduced by judges of the award Madeleine Thien and Prageeta Sharma.

ZYZZYVA Technology Issue Reading

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This virtual event, hosted by Booksmith in San Francisco, celebrates the release of ZYZZYVA’s Spring 2021 Technology Issue with readings by contributors Juhea Kim, Troy Jollimore, Lee Conell, and William Brewer, and a reading by Alex Torres of a short story by the late Anthony Veasna So.

Louise Erdrich on The Sentence

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“A book is much more than a transactional object. The words are flooding in, and ideas are filling you in emotion. It’s haunting in a good way.” In this PBS NewsHour interview, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Louise Erdrich speaks from her bookstore Birchbark Books & Native Arts in Minneapolis about her love of books and her new novel, The Sentence (Harper, 2021), a ghost story which explores the racial divides of her hometown.

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