Debra Jo Immergut and Hannah Pittard

06/16/2018 - 1:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Frank fell in love with Miranda in high school. When he encounters her again years later, his feelings are still fresh, while Miranda doesn’t remember him at all. The relationship is further complicated by the fact that the former schoolmates meet in a state prison where Miranda is serving a sentence for a shocking crime and Frank is working as the inmate psychologist. Demonstrating the poor judgment that lost him his prestigious Manhattan practice, Frank fails to reassign Miranda to another counselor. Miranda, for her part, is caught up in painful memories that date from childhood.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Roxane Gay - Hunger and Not That Bad

06/13/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

Roxane Gay is one of our most important cultural critics. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling works of nonfiction, Bad Feminist and Hunger, an intimate exploration of eating, weight, and trauma to be released in paperback in June. She's also written three works of fiction, including the nationally bestselling story collection Difficult Women, contributes to the New York Times op-ed page, and wrote World of Wakanda 1-5 for Marvel.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Yrsa Daley-Ward - The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir

06/12/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

In her second book, Daley-Ward combines the haunting lyricism of Bone with passionate, unsparing prose to tell the story of her life. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Daley-Ward was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in Chorley, a small town in the North of England. Along with family tensions—a father she was often afraid of, a mother she saw worn down, and a brother she was estranged from—Daley-Ward confronts abuse, depression, racism, and the tremendous power of sexuality.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lauren Groff - Florida

06/11/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Groff has been one of our most exciting contemporary fiction writers since her phenomenal 2008 debut, The Monsters of Templeton. Her most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a National Book Award finalist, Barack Obama’s favorite book of 2015, and one of the most talked-about novels in years. Now, Groff returns with a collection of eleven shimmering stories. The book opens with an unnamed woman escaping her family for a walk.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cave Canem Fellows Read

06/12/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Join the excitement! Hear a group of this year’s fellows read their work in rapid-fire, 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

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Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Contact Information

Elizabeth Bryant
718.858.0000

Writing the Blues: Herbert Quelle and Renee Rosen

06/09/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Fiction
Talk

A special event for Chicago Blues Fest! German Consul General Herbert Quelle -- author of Monika's Blues: On the Trail of the German Harmonica and African-American Blues Culture -- talks with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues about music, writing and culture.

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American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave. Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact Information

American Writers Museum
312-374-8790

Michael Lally and Terence Winch

06/10/2018 - 5:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Spanning more than fifty years, Lally’s collected poems testify to a remarkable career that’s included some thirty volumes of poetry and prose, acting, music, and activism. Writing in the accessible and colloquial vein of Whitman, Williams Carlos Williams, and Frank O’Hara, Lally has eluded schools and conventions while embracing a variety of voices, places, styles, and themes.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ottessa Moshfegh - My Year of Rest and Relaxation

07/25/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ - Stay With Me — in conversation with Tayla Burney

07/21/2018 - 6:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ann Mah in Conversation With Jane Black

06/19/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Talk

Mah’s second novel follows Kate Elliott as she prepares for her third attempt to pass the Master of Wine Examination. Needing a job, she goes to her family’s Burgundy vineyards. She’s in time for the vendage, the harvesting, as well as a thorough cleaning of the cellar. There she finds a lost diary, resistance pamphlets, and a cache of valuable wine. Further investigation turns up a relative she’d never known about and a host of questions: who did her family aid during the war? What happened to the six bottles missing from the hidden collection?

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Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Lillian Li - Number One Chinese Restaurant

06/23/2018 - 6:00pm
Fiction
Reading

When a calamity suddenly halts the usual flow of daily events at the family-run Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, the owner, his family, and the staff are forced to pause and assess what they’ve done and where they go from here. For Jimmy Han, this may be the chance to open his own upscale establishment. For his brother, it might be the time to heal a festering generational rift with his daughter. Meanwhile, the Hans’ longtime employees are caught between competing loyalties when they find that their children are implicated in the restaurant’s crisis.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Heather Abel and Lisa Ko

06/24/2018 - 5:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Abel’s accomplished debut novel, The Optimistic Decade, centers on Llamalo, a beautiful wilderness area in the Colorado Rockies. Once home to Native Americans, then to ranchers, by the late 1980s it’s a utopian camp run by the charismatic Caleb Silver, whose mission is to teach people how to live authentically and simply. His task is complicated by Llamalo’s former owners, who want the land back, and by his cousin, Rebecca.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cave Canem Fellows Read

06/13/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Poetry
Reading

Join the excitement! Hear a group of this year’s fellows read their work in rapid-fire, 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

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Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

Contact Information

Elizabeth Bryant
718.858.0000

Nick Arvin and Dan Sheehan

06/20/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Set in the Washington-Baltimore area during the War of 1812, Arvin’s vivid picaresque follows ten-year-old Henry Phipps as he struggles to fulfill his mother’s final wish and bury her at sea with her family in attendance. Henry’s father is in debtor’s prison, and as Henry scrambles to earn enough money to free him by looting battlefields, his adventures take him all around the region, where he encounters defectors, escaping slaves, and even a damsel in distress. Meanwhile, his brother has deserted, escaped a firing squad, and now awaits his firstborn.

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Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Who Will Speak for America?

07/02/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

With Nathaniel Popkin, Malka Older, Jericho Brown, and Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Drawing on the success of Writers Resist, a national day of literary protest, Who Will Speak for America? presents the best contemporary writing on American identity, justice, and dissent, and asserts a constructive vision of American society. Coedited by Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin.

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Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Evgenia Citkowitz - The Shades — in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

06/25/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Talk

Citkowitz follows Ether, her accomplished debut novella and stories, with a haunting portrait of grief and the unraveling of a marriage. The narrative follows Catherine and Michael Hall, now living apart a year after the death of their sixteen-year-old-daughter. While Michael has tried to resume his London life, Catherine, who ran a gallery, has grown reclusive, retreating to an old country house in Kent, and their son has escaped to a boarding school.

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Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Continuing Literary Legacies

06/03/2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Performance

Join Goodman Theatre and the American Writer’s Museum for a celebration of iconic Chicago voices. The event will include selected readings from works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Wright and Sandra Cisneros. Acclaimed writer Megan Stielsra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, will be the featured guest. 

Tickets for this event are FREE, reservations are required.

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American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave. Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Contact Information

American Writers Museum
312-374-8790

Who Will Speak for America?

06/28/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

 co-hosted by VIDA Melissa Febos, Lynn Melnick, Nathaniel Popkin, Stephanie Feldman, Cynthia Oka, Bassey Ikpi

Drawing on the success of Writers Resist, a national day of literary protest, Who Will Speak for America? presents the best contemporary writing on American identity, justice, and dissent, and asserts a constructive vision of American society. Coedited by Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin.

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McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Who Will Speak for America

06/27/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

With Veronica Scott Esposito, Charlie Jane Anders, and Craig Santos Perez.

Drawing on the success of Writers Resist, a national day of literary protest, Who Will Speak for America? presents the best contemporary writing on American identity, justice, and dissent, and asserts a constructive vision of American society. Coedited by Stephanie Feldman and Nathaniel Popkin.

All royalties benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.

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City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133

Lou D'Allesandro, Lion of the New Hampshire Senate

06/14/2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Talk

Join Mark C Bodanza and Lou D'Allesandro as they present a co-authored memoir of New Hampshire's Democratic Party patriarch, Lou D'Allesandro, Lion of the New Hampshire Senate and Thoughts for Presidential Hopefuls, tracing 40+ years serving the state as an elected official and as a key player in multiple first-in-the-nation primaries.

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Gibson's Bookstore
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Elaine Povich presents John McCain: American Maverick

06/07/2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

​Award-winning Washington journalist Elaine S. Povich joins us to take us on a photographic journey of Senator John McCain, sharing personal stories from her extensive time following his Washington adventures as she presents John McCain: American Maverick.

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Gibson's Bookstore
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301

Contact Information

Gibson's Bookstore
6032240562

Jennifer Cody Epstein on Sarah Coleman's The Realist

05/22/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fiction
Reading/Talk

Join us at Book Culture on 112th as Jennifer Cody Epstein discusses Sarah Coleman's biographical novel, The Realist: A Novel of Bernice Abbott on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7pm.

Cleveland, 1910: For a poor girl whose father has abandoned her, the prospect of becoming an artist is almost non-existent. But Berenice Abbott is resourceful and will happily challenge convention in order to succeed.

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Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025

Genre: Urban Arts Magazine No. 4 Release

06/24/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Poetry
Performance

Genre: Urban Arts (GUA) is a playground for contemporary artists, and will be hosting a multimodal arts release event that includes spoken word, visual arts & music. Katerina Canyon will be one of the featured poets, along with several other spoken word artists and musicians.

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Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY

Why There Are Words Presents: Body Language

06/14/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Reading

Why There Are Words Presents “Body Language” June 14, 2018

Join Why There Are Words on June 14th, 2018, at Studio 333 in Sausalito (333 Caledonia Street) for readings on the theme of “Body Language” with the following acclaimed authors: Kelly Alsup, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, Jan Reid, Jenn Scott, and Townsend Walker.

Doors open at 7; readings begin at 7:15. $10 (cash or check) at the door. Cash bar.

 

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Studio 333
333 Caledonia St
Sausalito, CA 94965

Contact Information

Peg Alford Pursell
4153318272

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