Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of BuzzFeed Books, talks about the growth of the site’s book review section, what a typical day in the BuzzFeed office looks like, and how the Internet has changed the discourse around books.
Joshua Wolf Shenk, the new executive director of the Black Mountain Institute (BMI)—an international literary center that supports writers whose work addresses political and cultural issues—discusses BMI’s role in the culture of creative writing and what he plans to bring to the organization.
Each year, the Creative Writing MFA Program located in the Universit of Colorado Boulder's Department of English hosts the Creative Writing Reading Series to bring innovative writers to the university for a free, on-campus reading. Past readers include National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, Susan Steinberg, CAConrad, Ronaldo Wilson, Brian Evenson, Lynne Tillman, Claudia Rankine, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden that frequently hosts a variety of tours, workshops, demonstrations, classes, lectures and readings, performances, and exhibits. During the year, members and visitors alike have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities, which enhance visitors’ understanding of Chinese culture and provide opportunities to learn and play. All activities, unless otherwise noted, are free with membership or admission.
Four Seasons Books is a family-owned and operated bookstore founded in 1991. Located in the heart of downtown historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a small college town on the Upper Potomac River, Four Seasons Books offers a unique selection of quality new, used, and discount books. The full-service bookstore hosts a variety of author readings and signings, talks and discussions, and special events and performances.
Kazoo Books and Kazoo Books II are independent, locally-owned bookstores offering a wide selection of quality new and used books and book ordering services. Kazoo Books has been serving the greater Kalamazoo area since 1988, with the second location, Kazoo Books II, opening in 2003 on Parkview in the Oakwood neighborhood. The shops host writing workshops, author readings, book signings, and other literary events throughout the year.
Located two blocks east of Colorado Boulevard on Mississippi Avenue, the Bookies is an independent bookstore in Denver with a thirty-five-year history. They have a friendly, knowledgeable staff and nearly 100,000 book titles for everyone's tastes and interests. Authors occasionally drop by for an informal book signing or short presentation. Signed copies may be available after an event but cannot be guaranteed unless purchased in advance.
Since 1984, Trident Booksellers & Cafe has been a cornerstone of community in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. They have a two-story business with a full menu, host parties in their upstairs dining room, and readings by up-and-coming authors.
Quimby's is an independently-owned bookstore that sells independently-published and small press books, comics, zines, and ephemera. They favor the unusual, the aberrant, the saucy, and the lowbrow, and are host to entertaining literary events.
Four young literary agents meet for an evening of food, drink, and conversation about how they find new authors, what they need to see in a query letter, and the common mistakes writers should avoid.