Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Rosellen Brown reads at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

724 NW Davis Street

Portland, OR 97209

About the Event: Brown will engage questions and read from her newest novel, The Lake on Fire, published in October 2018 to rave reviews.

About the Author: Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.

PRAISE FOR THE LAKE ON FIRE:

"Often praised for her prose, in her long-awaited sixth novel Brown (Half a Heart, 2000, etc.) sings as euphoniously as ever, whether she is writing about the filth and stench of the city, about the magnificence of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or about love. . . . A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Narrating from Chaya's and Asher’s divergent perspectives, Brown describes with sensuous intensity the lavish lives of the elite and the desperation of the unemployed, the miasmas of sweatshops and the radiant fair, which decays into a mere facade. . . . In an astute and enrapturing variation on Edith Wharton’s foundational Gilded Age novel, The House of Mirth (1905), and, in accord with Dickens, Dreiser, and Doctorow, Brown imaginatively, compassionately, and spellbindingly dramatizes timeless questions of survival and social conscience."

Booklist, starred review

"In Brown’s stellar, evocative novel, Jewish siblings Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky move with their family to America from Ukraine to work on a Wisconsin collective farm. . . .[Brown] transports the reader to Gilded Age Chicago and recreates the Jewish immigrant experience as incisively as Henry Roth in Call It Sleep."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00
AWP

Sarabande Silver Anniversary Celebration!

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CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF SARABANDE BOOKS AT AWP!

We’re having an anniversary party on Thursday March 28th, party the night away with us at Union/Pine from 7pm until 10pm!

Be one of the first 100 people to join our 25th anniversary celebration and get a free signature cocktail! Play ping pong with your friends and Sarabande authors, take photos in our photo booth with takeaway print outs, or dance away the night under a disco ball! Wear your best silver-studded, sequined, or foiled dresses and capes for the ultimate glam night. 

Enjoy our signature cocktails, Fierce Tethers and The Sarabandit, beer, or wine responsibly. 

  • “Fierce Tethers”: Old Forester Classic Bourbon 86 Proof, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Ale, Lemon Peel

  • "The Sarabandit": Old Forester, single pour

To see what else is happening at AWP, visit our full Sarabande + AWP post here.

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Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Rosellen Brown at Oriole Park with Chicago Public Library

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Oriole Park

7454 W. Balmoral Avenue

Chicago, IL 60656

About the Event: Hosted by Chicago Public Library as part of their Author Events. Registration Required, please call the branch (312) 744-1965 to reserve a seat.

About the Author: Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.

PRAISE FOR THE LAKE ON FIRE:

"Often praised for her prose, in her long-awaited sixth novel Brown (Half a Heart, 2000, etc.) sings as euphoniously as ever, whether she is writing about the filth and stench of the city, about the magnificence of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or about love. . . . A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Narrating from Chaya's and Asher’s divergent perspectives, Brown describes with sensuous intensity the lavish lives of the elite and the desperation of the unemployed, the miasmas of sweatshops and the radiant fair, which decays into a mere facade. . . . In an astute and enrapturing variation on Edith Wharton’s foundational Gilded Age novel, The House of Mirth (1905), and, in accord with Dickens, Dreiser, and Doctorow, Brown imaginatively, compassionately, and spellbindingly dramatizes timeless questions of survival and social conscience."

—Booklist, starred review

"In Brown’s stellar, evocative novel, Jewish siblings Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky move with their family to America from Ukraine to work on a Wisconsin collective farm. . . .[Brown] transports the reader to Gilded Age Chicago and recreates the Jewish immigrant experience as incisively as Henry Roth in Call It Sleep."

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Amelia Martens to read at St. Ann Visiting Writer Series, Brescia University

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Moore Center Atrium

Brescia University

717 Frederica St,

Owensboro, KY 42301

About the event: Brescia University’s Creative Writing department will be hosting a series of readings and lectures by a variety of nationally recognized and acclaimed authors and poets.  The events will be known as the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series.


About the Author: Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

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Praise for The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat: "Whether she is proffering chilling indications of an apocalypse, agonizing over an earnest apology, or conjuring the latent melancholy of bedtime, [Martens] remains both playful and precise, at once whimsical and commanding.... As tangible as it is surreal."
Booklist

“Martens’s stripped-down language is her greatest asset, finding expression in ‘an ache shaped like a sunflower’. . . the personal touches soar, evidence of a solid poet finding her voice.”
Publishers Weekly

"Amelia Martens’ richly imaginative first book. . .will likely be one of this year’s best debuts. . . .Grim assessments, juxtaposed with domestic studies that celebrate the whimsy and innocence of young daughters, render The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat a dizzying little book that yearns for escapism even as it insists on documenting our self-destruction. . . .Wondrous imagination, political astuteness, and refreshingly original voice."
Plume Poetry

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Hai-Dang Phan reads at The University of Tulsa

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tyrrell Hall

University of Tulsa

2930 East 6th Street

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104

About the Event: Join Magic City Books, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities as we welcome Hai-Dang Phan on his visit to Tulsa to celebrate his new collection of poetry, Reenactments. Writer and Tulsa Artist Fellow Mark de Silva will host this evening of discussion and poetry with Mr. Phan.

The event will take place in Tyrrell Hall on the campus of The University of Tulsa. It is free and open to the public. Reenactments will be available at Magic City Books starting February 19 and will be available for sale at the event.

About the Author: Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reeanactments is his first book.

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PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS:

“'To make things worse, they are extremely supportive of my choices' is such a strange and quintessentially immigrant utterance. . . .What to do with the guilt we feel that our lives are often so much easier than the lives of our parents? How can any of our fears, anxieties, lonelinesses be worth mentioning when theirs have been so great? For you (and often, for myself), I prescribe Hai-Dang Phan’s “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981).”

—Kaveh Akbar, The Paris Review

"Phan's debut unflinchingly presents the trauma inherited through cultural memory as a kind of endless war reenactment. In these poems, even the most mundane setting is haunted by living ghosts. . . . These poems are unadorned and ominous in their vision of memory, a clarion that never ceases to alarm or awe."

Publishers Weekly

"Phan’s mixture of original and translated work creates a unique debut that is both singular and anthological."

—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

“Hai-Dang Phan is a poet of fearless vision. With brutal and exquisite precision, he reveals that the effort to make art out of the real world—history, memory, and experience—often intensifies a feeling of irresolution. The brilliance of his first book Reenactments: Poems and Translations lies in a deft interrogation of mimesis and, in particular, how representing the history of war and migration for Vietnamese Americans can reify silences, erasures, and cultural dislocations. But Phan also builds a powerful stay against despair through translations that spotlight contemporary Vietnamese poetry while slyly suggesting that no language or history is isolate and every poem may very well be a translation. Such remarkable insights accumulate, and by book’s end I was struck by the immense beauty and feeling of Reenactments and had to read it again.”  

—Jennifer Chang

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Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Peter Mishler reads at University of New Hampshire Writers Series

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Location TBA

Time: 5:00PM

About the Event: Each semester, the English Department brings prominent writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to UNH to read from their work in public presentations and, in most cases, to spend in-class time with students during the day.

About the Author: Peter Mishler was born in New Jersey and lives in Kansas City. His poems have appeared at The Winter Anthology, Oversound, Prodigal, diode, Prelude, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. The title poem from this collection was anthologized in Best New Poets. Mishler is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Syracuse University, and he presently curates a contemporary poetry feature for Literary Hub. This is his first book.

 

PRAISE FOR FLUDDE:

"Mishler’s deft grasp of image as well as his unique voice keep these poems immediate and engaging."

—The Rumpus

"It’s difficult not to grin, smirk, purse your lips, or generally screw up your face when reading Peter Mishler’s poems in his debut book, Fludde. It isn’t just the peculiarity of these pieces but the command with which Mishler executes it, taking readers in something like a swift punt along strange but otherwise unassuming canals."

—Ryo Yamaguchi, Kenyon Review

"[Fludde's] music, its vivid, outsized imagery, and its surreal associations are steeped in the Romantics, shaped by the Modernists, and communicated with a language so restrained and earnest it can stop your breath. . . . Fludde is magical, mysterious, and disturbing."

—Michelle Lewis, Rain Taxi

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Kimiko Hahn reads at Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium

Penn State University Libraries

University Park, Pennsylvania

About the event: Award-winning poet Kimiko Hahn, this year’s Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. The reading, which is also part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series, is free and open to the public. The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence is primarily funded through the generosity of Steven Fisher, a 1970 Penn State graduate in English. For more than a decade, a well-known poet, fiction writer, or nonfiction writer has visited campus for a week each year to share their expertise and work with students in the graduate Creative Writing Program and undergraduate creative writing classes.

The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence and the Rolling Reading Series also receive support from the Joseph L. Grucci Poetry Endowment, the College of the Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and University Libraries.

About the Author: Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently, Brain Fever (Norton, 2014). She has received numerous honors, including the PSA's Shelley Memorial Prize, the PEN/Voelcker Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in creative writing at Queens College (CUNY) and lives in Forest Hills, New York.

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Praise for Brood:

"Kimiko Hahn's poems glow with concentrated energy."

Boston Review

 

"One of the most important poets of our time."

Bomb

 

"Kimiko Hahn stands as a welcome voice of experimentation and passion."

Bloomsbury Review

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Nona Caspers and Friends

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

LGBTQIA Center

Main Library

100 Larkin Street

San Francisco, 94102

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM

About the Author: Nona Caspers is the author of Heavier Than Air, which was honored with the AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and listed as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her work has been supported with a NEA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Fiction Award, a LAMBDA nomination, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Grant and Award, among other honors. Individual stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Black Warrior Review and Glimmer Train. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and lives in San Francisco.

PRAISE FOR THE FIFTH WOMAN:

"Caspers’ writing is spare and deceptively straightforward, lending even her realist portraits the soft edges of a dream. . . . Each vignette is short—some are only a page long—but poignant; as if Lydia Davis’ controlled remove had been sifted through the humor and immediacy of Michelle Tea. But it’s the accumulation of grief that matters here, almost as much as the details of domesticity, a quiet but tender declaration of queer love lost in San Francisco." 

                             —Kirkus Reviews

"This gem of a collection is a transcendent portrayal of bereavement, showing how death elevates the mundane and affects everything humans do, see, and think."


 —Publishers Weekly

". . mesmerizing, moving. . ."

—Brandon Yu, The San Francisco Chronicle

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Feb
24
3:30 PM15:30

Pamela Hart reads at the Katonah Museum of Art

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Katonah Museum of Art

134 Jay Street - Route 22

Katonah, NY 10536

About the event: Join us for a reading and conversation with writers responding to and reflecting on art, culture and world events. Light refreshments served. Books available for sale at event.

About the Author: Pamela Hart is writer in residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she teaches and manages an arts-in-education program called Thinking Through the Arts. She was awarded an NEA poetry fellowship in 2013. She recently received the Brian Turner Literary Arts prize for poetry. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals including the Southern Humanities Review, Bellevue Literary Review and Drunken Boat. Toadlily Press published her chapbook, The End of the Body. She is poetry editor and mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

PRAISE FOR MOTHERS OVER NANGARHAR

"Rich with literary, political, and geographical references, Hart’s debut collection details the journey of a mother whose son is serving in Afghanistan. . . . Hart’s drive to keep looking and listening while 'the long war goes on' reads like a fundamental act of compassion."

Publishers Weekly

"In her debut poetry collection, Hart brings a new, salient voice to our home front in times of war. . . . An artist by training, Hart creates word images that allow us to contemplate private and public pain. Certain lines stand out in these glowing poems: 'Like the Spartan women, we polish / our sons in the concrete firmament.' Or: 'My syntax breaks to lake ice / Who am I to translate the exodus of birds.' . . . [F]inely crafted poems."

Booklist

“This honest and compassionate debut from the mother of a soldier adopts a rarely seen focus in the annals of wartime literature, turning attention toward the home front rather than the combat front.”

Publishers Weekly 

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Amelia Martens to Share Work at Paducah School of Art and Design

Poetry Reading by KY Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship Recipients

Bill Ford Gallery, Paducah School of Art and Design

905 Harrison Street, Paducah, Kentucky, 42001

About the Event: Amelia Martens and Pamela Johnson Parker will both be reading their work at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design. Free and open to the public!

Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

Praise for The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat:

"Whether she is proffering chilling indications of an apocalypse, agonizing over an earnest apology, or conjuring the latent melancholy of bedtime, [Martens] remains both playful and precise, at once whimsical and commanding.... As tangible as it is surreal."
Booklist

“Martens’s stripped-down language is her greatest asset, finding expression in ‘an ache shaped like a sunflower’. . . the personal touches soar, evidence of a solid poet finding her voice.”
Publishers Weekly

"Amelia Martens’ richly imaginative first book. . .will likely be one of this year’s best debuts. . . .Grim assessments, juxtaposed with domestic studies that celebrate the whimsy and innocence of young daughters, render The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat a dizzying little book that yearns for escapism even as it insists on documenting our self-destruction. . . .Wondrous imagination, political astuteness, and refreshingly original voice."
Plume Poetry

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Feb
19
4:30 PM16:30

Elena Passarello presents her work at the Southern Indiana Reading Series

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Southern Indiana Reading Series

Performance Center

8600 University Blvd,

Evansville, IN 47712

About the event: The Southern Indiana Reading Series presents a reading by award winning authors, Elena Passarello and Hanif Abdurraquib. Free and open to the public!

About the Author: Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

PRAISE FOR ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES

“Stunning. . . . Passarello’s keen wit is on display throughout as she raises questions about the uniqueness of humans. . . . A feast of surprising juxtapositions and gorgeous prose.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This phenomenal collection documents the lives of particular animals from a wide range of species. . . . Passarello treats her subjects with dextrous care, weaving narratives together in a way that investigates, honors, and complicates her subjects. . . . Passarello has created a consistently original, thoroughly researched, altogether fascinating compendium.”  
Booklist, starred review

"Passarello presents biographies of famous animals, from an ancient mummified mammoth to Mr. Ed and Cecil the Lion.”  
The New York Times, "100 Notable Books of 2017"

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Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Mishler to read at Open Mouth Reading Series

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Stage 18

18 Center Street

Fayetteville, AR 72701

About the Event: Reading by poets Peter Mishler and D.M Aderibigde

About the Author: Peter Mishler was born in New Jersey and lives in Kansas City. His poems have appeared at The Winter Anthology, Oversound, Prodigal, diode, Prelude, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. The title poem from this collection was anthologized in Best New Poets. Mishler is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Syracuse University, and he presently curates a contemporary poetry feature for Literary Hub. This is his first book.

PRAISE FOR FLUDDE:

"Mishler’s deft grasp of image as well as his unique voice keep these poems immediate and engaging."

The Rumpus

"It’s difficult not to grin, smirk, purse your lips, or generally screw up your face when reading Peter Mishler’s poems in his debut book, Fludde. It isn’t just the peculiarity of these pieces but the command with which Mishler executes it, taking readers in something like a swift punt along strange but otherwise unassuming canals." 

—Ryo Yamaguchi, Kenyon Review

"[Fludde's] music, its vivid, outsized imagery, and its surreal associations are steeped in the Romantics, shaped by the Modernists, and communicated with a language so restrained and earnest it can stop your breath. . . .  Fludde is magical, mysterious, and disturbing."

—Michelle Lewis, Rain Taxi

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Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Kiki Petrosino to read at The University of Arizona Poetry Center

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

University of Arizona: Poetry Center

1508 E Helen St.

Tucson, AZ 85719

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

About the event: We are proud to present Kiki Petrosino, who will read from her work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

About the author: Kiki Petrosino is the author of two previous books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009). She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and online at Ploughshares. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. Her awards include a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat and research fellowships from the University of Louisville's Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Praise for Witch Wife:

"Petrosino. . . crackles in her stunning third collection, as she dives deep into the ephemeral powers of the body, particularly those of black women. . . .Cosmic images blend with the familiar and domestic to create an all-encompassing reading experience."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Petrosino is a canny, wide-ranging and formally nimble writer with a magician's command of atmosphere."
The New York Times, "The Best Poetry of 2017"

“In Petrosino’s singular world, the familiar becomes strange, and the strange, suddenly irresistible, settles deep in the bones. Sparkling with sly wordplay and fantastical imagery, these are not only masterful poems but mighty incantations. Utterly spellbinding.”
Booklist

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Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

Rosellen Brown at The Cliff Dwellers Book Club

Saturday, January 26, 2019


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60604

Time 11:00 AM, discussion will continue over lunch

The Book Club will be discussing Rosellen Brown’s first novel in eighteen years, The Lake on Fire, the story of Jewish immigrants to Chicago at the time of the Columbian Exposition.

 

About the author: Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.

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PRAISE FOR THE LAKE ON FIRE:

"Often praised for her prose, in her long-awaited sixth novel Brown (Half a Heart, 2000, etc.) sings as euphoniously as ever, whether she is writing about the filth and stench of the city, about the magnificence of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or about love. . . . A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Narrating from Chaya's and Asher’s divergent perspectives, Brown describes with sensuous intensity the lavish lives of the elite and the desperation of the unemployed, the miasmas of sweatshops and the radiant fair, which decays into a mere facade. . . . In an astute and enrapturing variation on Edith Wharton’s foundational Gilded Age novel, The House of Mirth (1905), and, in accord with Dickens, Dreiser, and Doctorow, Brown imaginatively, compassionately, and spellbindingly dramatizes timeless questions of survival and social conscience."

Booklist, starred review

"In Brown’s stellar, evocative novel, Jewish siblings Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky move with their family to America from Ukraine to work on a Wisconsin collective farm. . . .[Brown] transports the reader to Gilded Age Chicago and recreates the Jewish immigrant experience as incisively as Henry Roth in Call It Sleep."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Z. Arndt to Read at Brown University

Monday, November 5th, 2018

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Brown University,

Providence, Rhode Island 02912

Time TBD

Address TBD

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer and editor whose debut essay collection, Beyond Measure, came out from Sarabande books in 2018. She received MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a BA in creative writing and Spanish from Brown University. She now lives in Chicago.

Praise for Beyond Measure

[T]he essays in Beyond Measure are beautiful in an intricate, knotty way, as in how math is beautiful, or the interior of a mechanical watch. . . . Once, when reading Beyond Measure on the train, I missed my stop, so engrossed was I in the book." —The Collapsar

"Rachel Z. Arndt’s collection demonstrates beautifully the marvelous ability of the personal essay to carve out of the ordinary events of everyday life a piece of shaped experience.” —Vivian Gornick

“In the grip of Rachel Z. Arndt’s spellbindingly obsessive mind, nearly everything shines with measurability and poetry and disturbing familiarity. She studies bird dissections, sails through a lightning storm, explains the etiquette of scamming Bed Bath & Beyond, kicks ass at a judo tournament, ponders the cultural history of the heights of kitchen counters, and formulates a phenomenology of creeping on people at the gym. Riding the folds of Arndt’s remarkable imagination, we come to realize that her obsession is in fact a cultural obsession, an American predicament, our most curious collective pastime.”—John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain and A New History of the Essay

 

“[Beyond Measure] is a delight to read. Arndt prompts readers to examine the 'measurements' imposed on their lives. . . . Her experiences will particularly resonate with female readers, who will identify with her coping mechanisms for dealing with sexist measurements imposed by society, from stereotypes of narcoleptic women as hysterical and attention seeking to false constraints placed on female intelligence and physical strength. Her tone is poignant and undogmatic. . . . Arndt's debut provides close insight into one woman's personal struggles while never becoming overbearing or overly solemn."—Publishers Weekly

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Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Rachel Z Arndt to Read at Why There Are Words reading series

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Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Bowery Club, 308 Bowery

New York, NY 10012

Time TBD

Rachel Z. Arndt, author of Beyond Measure, will be reading at the Why There Are Words reading series on November 4th.

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer and editor whose debut essay collection, Beyond Measure, came out from Sarabande books in 2018. She received MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a BA in creative writing and Spanish from Brown University. She now lives in Chicago.

Praise for Beyond Measure

[T]he essays in Beyond Measure are beautiful in an intricate, knotty way, as in how math is beautiful, or the interior of a mechanical watch. . . . Once, when reading Beyond Measure on the train, I missed my stop, so engrossed was I in the book." —The Collapsar

"Rachel Z. Arndt’s collection demonstrates beautifully the marvelous ability of the personal essay to carve out of the ordinary events of everyday life a piece of shaped experience.” —Vivian Gornick

“In the grip of Rachel Z. Arndt’s spellbindingly obsessive mind, nearly everything shines with measurability and poetry and disturbing familiarity. She studies bird dissections, sails through a lightning storm, explains the etiquette of scamming Bed Bath & Beyond, kicks ass at a judo tournament, ponders the cultural history of the heights of kitchen counters, and formulates a phenomenology of creeping on people at the gym. Riding the folds of Arndt’s remarkable imagination, we come to realize that her obsession is in fact a cultural obsession, an American predicament, our most curious collective pastime.”—John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain and A New History of the Essay

 

“[Beyond Measure] is a delight to read. Arndt prompts readers to examine the 'measurements' imposed on their lives. . . . Her experiences will particularly resonate with female readers, who will identify with her coping mechanisms for dealing with sexist measurements imposed by society, from stereotypes of narcoleptic women as hysterical and attention seeking to false constraints placed on female intelligence and physical strength. Her tone is poignant and undogmatic. . . . Arndt's debut provides close insight into one woman's personal struggles while never becoming overbearing or overly solemn."—Publishers Weekly

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Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Sandra Cisneros to Read at Texas Book Festival

Sunday, July 28th

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Time TBA

610 Brazos, Suite 200

 Austin, TX 78701 

Sandra Cisnernos, author of Puro Amor, will be reading at the Texas book Festival.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children. She  studied at Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1976) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. Creative Writing, 1978).

She's worked as a teacher and counselor to high-school dropouts, as an artist-in-the-schools where she taught creative writing at every level except first grade and pre-school, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. And, she was a Writer-in-Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Her  books include a chapbook of poetry, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1980); two full-length poetry books, My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman Press, 1987; Random House, 1992) and Loose Woman (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); a collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991); a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); the novels The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991) and Caramelo (Knopf, 2002), and the picture book Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf 2012). 

Praise for "Puro Amor"

“Sandra Cisneros makes me so happy that I am a reader, so joyful that she is a writer, and even more exhilarated that she is part of our world.”  

—Edwidge Danticat

“Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage…She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.”  

—Bebe Moore Campbell

“Thank you, wicked wicked woman, for shooting up these loose arrows to the high hells of poetry, passion and humor.”  

—Eduardo Galeano

“Sandra Cisneros is like a bee that extracts new honey from old flowers…[she] possesses that most difficulty ability—allowing us to imagine that which ever existed.” 

 —Elena Poniatowska

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 

— The Washington Post Book World

“Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brilliant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuance-full. . . rich with music and picture.”  

—Gwendolyn Books 

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Oct
18
to Oct 21

Sandra Cisnernos To Read At Dodge Poetry Festival

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Thursday-Sunday October 18,19,20,21 

Time TBA

Newark, New Jersey 

Venues TBA

Sandra Cisneros will be reading on multiple days at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children. She  studied at Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1976) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. Creative Writing, 1978).

She's worked as a teacher and counselor to high-school dropouts, as an artist-in-the-schools where she taught creative writing at every level except first grade and pre-school, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. And, she was a Writer-in-Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Her  books include a chapbook of poetry, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1980); two full-length poetry books, My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman Press, 1987; Random House, 1992) and Loose Woman (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); a collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991); a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); the novels The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991) and Caramelo (Knopf, 2002), and the picture book Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf 2012). 

Praise for "Puro Amor"

“Sandra Cisneros makes me so happy that I am a reader, so joyful that she is a writer, and even more exhilarated that she is part of our world.”  

—Edwidge Danticat

“Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage…She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.”  

—Bebe Moore Campbell

“Thank you, wicked wicked woman, for shooting up these loose arrows to the high hells of poetry, passion and humor.”  

—Eduardo Galeano

“Sandra Cisneros is like a bee that extracts new honey from old flowers…[she] possesses that most difficulty ability—allowing us to imagine that which ever existed.” 

 —Elena Poniatowska

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 

— The Washington Post Book World

“Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brilliant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuance-full. . . rich with music and picture.”  

—Gwendolyn Books 

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello at The College Of Brockport

October 3, 2018

7:00 PM

The College Of Brockport 

Cooper Hall, NY Room

350 New Campus Drive

Brockport, NY 14420

 

 

Elena Passerello will be reading at the College of Brockport in the Cooper Hall NY Room on October 3rd.

Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, SlateCreative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay.

Passarello has performed in several regional theaters in the East and Midwest, originating roles in the premieres of Christopher Durang’s Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge and David Turkel’s Wild Signs and Holler. In 2011, she became the first woman winner of the annual Stella Screaming Contest in New Orleans. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

NONA CASPERS TO READ AT WHY THERE ARE WORDS SERIES

Why There Are Words in Sausalito at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA

Join Why There Are Words in Sausalito September 13, 2018, at Studio 333, when special guest Nona Caspers will read along with five authors from Black Lawrence Press. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15, $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar.

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Nona Caspers recently released a novel-in-stories, The Fifth Woman (Sarabande Books, August 2018), which was honored with the Mary McCarthy award from Sarabande. Earlier books include Little Book of Days (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and Heavier than Air (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), which received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a NYTBR Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Kenyon ReviewGlimmer Train, and The Sun. In 2014, she co-edited with Joell Hallowell Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century (Triton Books). Other awards include a NEA fellowship, San Francisco Cultural Equity Grant, and LAMBDA nomination. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

The Masters Review, “22 Books We’re Looking Forward to This Year”

At the center of this book is the death of the narrator’s partner in a bicycling accident. Each short chapter serves as a brief vignette of, or occasionally a magical-realist metaphor for, the grieving process. A shadow of a dog appears in her apartment with no apparent source; a crack opens in the ceiling and splits her building down the middle. One day she notices in the alley below her window four women chatting together and a fifth, with no features, standing on the perimeter. She finds herself wondering: What did she want from me? What are the things that matter? At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.

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Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Nona Caspers at Laurel Bookstore, Oakland

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 Pm

Laurel Bookstore

1423 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94612

Meet Nona Caspers and Carolina De Robertis as we celebrate Casper's forthcoming release, The Fifth Woman. Both authors will read, with a discussion and book signing to follow.

 

About The Fifth Woman:

Years after Caspers’ unnamed narrator loses her first lover in a tragic accident, she finds herself wondering, “What did she want from me? What are the things that matter?” In vivid, richly detailed vignettes, the book tracks the cyclical nature of grief and remembrance across a life fractured by loss. At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.

“The Fifth Woman is stealthily astonishing from its first line to its last. Over the course of twenty-three connected short fictions, the writer marks out a trail of mourning that is both quite straightforward and miraculously layered, strange, and emotionally multifaceted. There is not a single sentence in these stories that is not as clear as water…. It is a wonderful book.”—Stacey D’Erasmo

"Grief alters the world in ways that are both expected and less so. The Fifth Woman is a story of love, loss, and carrying on, in language that is always precise and often transporting. There is a sadness here but also acute observation and magical happenings. Nona Caspers is a true original."—Jean L. Thompson



About the Authors:

Nona Caspers is the author of four books, including HEAVIER THAN AIR which won the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was an Editor's Choice in the New York Times Book Review. She's received an NEA fellowship, Iowa Review Fiction Award, Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award, among other honors. She's an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University.

A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have been named Best Books of the Year in venues including the San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, BookList, and NBC. She is the recipient of a Stonewall Book Award, Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize, and a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. She teaches fiction and literary translation at San Francisco State University, and is at work on her fourth novel.

 

Praise For The Fifth Woman

“The Fifth Woman is stealthily astonishing from its first line to its last. Over the course of twenty-three connected short fictions, the writer marks out a trail of mourning that is both quite straightforward and miraculously layered, strange, and emotionally multifaceted. There is not a single sentence in these stories that is not as clear as water…. It is a wonderful book.”—Stacey D’Erasmo

 

"Grief alters the world in ways that are both expected and less so. The Fifth Woman is a story of love, loss, and carrying on, in language that is always precise and often transporting. There is a sadness here but also acute observation and magical happenings. Nona Caspers is a true original."—Jean L. Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Nona Caspers's Book Launch at Green Apple Books On The Park

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3:00 PM

Saturday, August 11, 2018

1231 9th Avenue 

San Fransisco, California 

 

Nona Caspers, author of The Fifth Woman will read at Green Apple Books On The Park on August 11th.

Praise for The Fifth Woman

 

“The Fifth Woman is stealthily astonishing from its first line to its last. Over the course of twenty-three connected short fictions, the writer marks out a trail of mourning that is both quite straightforward and miraculously layered, strange, and emotionally multifaceted. There is not a single sentence in these stories that is not as clear as water…. It is a wonderful book.”—Stacey D’Erasmo

 

"Grief alters the world in ways that are both expected and less so. The Fifth Woman is a story of love, loss, and carrying on, in language that is always precise and often transporting. There is a sadness here but also acute observation and magical happenings. Nona Caspers is a true original."—Jean L. Thompson

 

 

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Jul
28
to Jul 29

Emily Fridlund at 702WI

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Saturday, July 28th

11:00 AM

702 E. Johnston St.

Madison, WI 53703

Emily Fridlund will read, discuss, and sign copies of Catapult at 702WI.

Emily Fridlund grew up in the Twin Cities and received her MFA in fiction from Washington University in Saint Louis. In 2014, she completed her PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. Her short fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Boston Review, Southwest Review, FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, Sou'wester, and The Portland Review, among other journals. Emily is currently revising her first novel, History of Wolves, which was supported by a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for feminist projects.  Along with her novel, Emily's graduate research was a study of simultaneity in modernist and contemporary narrative called The Usual Things in Unusual Places.

Praise For Catapult:

"Eleven stories of misshapen families and broken friendships disturb and unsettle. Fridlund follows History of Wolves (2017), her marvelous and preternaturally accomplished first novel, with a collection of jarring and polished short fiction. The craft is evident in the perfect titles and the observational acuity of the sentences. . . .Her stories evoke Flannery O'Connor's masterly way with grotesquery but deviate in Fridlund's contempt for faith. Bracing, often brilliant stories deliver a shock to the routine narratives we tell."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Here comes a powerhouse of a first story collection notable for its temerity and its skilled combination of humor and insight. Awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction by Ben Marcus (who praised its 'piercing' wisdom and 'destabilizing insight'), this is — seriously — a laugh-out-loud collection as wise as it is funny. "
The New York Times, "Other People's Minds: Four New Story Collections"

"This powerhouse of a first collection . . . is notable for its deft mix of humor and insight. "
The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice, "7 New Books We Recommend This Week"

“Eleven brilliant short stories showcase childhood, adolescence, marriage, and families, and how the appearances of these events and relationships in life can hide the strangeness and emptiness that pervade beneath the surface. . . . Fridlund unpacks these situations with such thoughtful diction and complex characters that her subdued and controlled language sets what is unsaid at the fore, unveiling hope, despair, and the paradoxes that are often ignored in such close relationships. Fridlund’s intelligent and conversational voice impressively manipulates the emotional atmosphere of her stories.”
Booklist, starred review

“Fridlund’s ability to conjure humor in the darkest moments is clear in her blending of sitcom set-ups with bleak undercurrents. Her breathtaking prose and sly expressions make for compulsive reading.”
Publishers Weekly

“The stories in this collection are magical, not because they're otherworldly—most are set in Fridlund's former home state of Minnesota—but because you can't see how she does it. Does she charm with the casually mentioned strange artifacts, such as the pterodactyl-shaped slippers or the birthday candles lit in a loaf of bread? How does the narrator sound so distantly authoritative, yet stay inside the protagonist's head? . . .Memorable and a joy to read.”
The Library Journal

“[Catapult is] a kind of tasting menu showcasing Fridlund's stark, dissonant voice. Her descriptions blindside you with rude audacity. . . . Story after story replenishes Fridlund's flinty, wistful vision."
The San Francisco Chronicle

“The 11 stories in Emily Fridlund's slim collection, Catapult . . . reveal the coiled, uncanny power that propelled her debut novel, History of Wolves, onto the Man Booker Prize shortlist."
The Atlantic, "The Propulsive Power of Catapult"

“[Fridlund is] a remarkable writer."
Star Tribune

“Emerging talent Emily Fridlund explores a dark and eerie side of human nature in Catapult, stepping into Gothic territory while generously weaving humor and moments of comic truth into her characters. . . . Fridlund’s sophomore effort, published by edgy indie press Sarabande, is the kind of book that readers who crave riskier, more experimental, and out-there storytelling will appreciate.”
W Magazine, “10 Books to Read Right Now”

"Startlingly emotional short stories."
Martha Stewart Living, December 2017 issue

“The collection centers on the hard, ugly parts about relationships ranging from familial to romantic. Fridlund pairs her writing with complex characters who evoke a sense of shock with the familiar.”
—The Washington Post, “9 Short-Story Collections We Can’t Wait to Read This Fall”

"The sentence-level craft is near perfect in spinning tales of broken friendships and misshapen families. . . .Fans of Flannery O'Connor will appreciate the mastery of the grotesque, even without O'Connor's spiritual underpinnings."
Newsday, "Great books that deserved more buzz in 2017"

"Fridlund has already proven herself to be a singular talent."
NPR

"An uneasy, but exhilarating, expectation of trouble ahead is manifest in her sharp and exquisite prose, which is carefully crafted to do the most damage in the most economical way."
Daily Mail

"Catapult...burrows under the skin to reveal what hurts the most...This collection is as intelligent as it is incisive."
The Masters Review

"[Catapult] is a collection of stories that pulse and push...Fridlund keenly observes the scrapes of the everyday, recasting these narratives with new, vividly drawn characters that surprise and disturb."
The Arkansas International, "Capsule Reviews" 

"Fridlund writes exceptional character-driven fiction, and her stories bristle with a menacing domestic intensity that few writers can capture."
Sinkhole Magazine, "Under the Microscope," 

"It's not often you find a collection of stories that's sharp and surprising and familiar all at once—it's like entering a room full of family members with whom you are close but have not seen in years. Emily Fridlund takes the time to step inside the minds of these familial-yet-foreign characters, and it is a pleasure."
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"Fridlund’s writing—deft and observant, pockmarked with little bursts of joyful description—will pull you forward."
The East Bay Review, "Review: Catapult by Emily Fridlund," 

"Fridlund writes of families, marriage, and childhood as if our received wisdom—what we thought we knew about life and love and family—needs reparation. This is fiction as excavation, peeling away the machinery of people and converting it to narrative. Fridlund shines a spotlight on what gets hidden and unreported, and the result can be overwhelming—cutting and funny and filled with difficult truth."
—Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet

“Readers who finished Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves hungry for more of the author’s frosty, measured, and captivating style can rejoice! With Catapult, Fridlund proves she can fill the small space of a short story with as much depth, and suspense, as she managed in her debut novel. Fans will notice a continuity of Fridlund’s interests and concerns—the stringency of belief systems still vex her characters; faith, religious and otherwise, is still the axis upon which Fridlund’s characters turn—and new readers will find in these stories the presence of a powerful voice.”
—John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

PAST PRAISE FOR EMILY FRIDLUND

“[A] stellar debut . . . A sense of foreboding subtly permeates the story . . . [the] wordsmithing is fantastic, rife with vivid turns of phrase. Fridlund has elegantly crafted a striking protagonist whose dark leanings cap off the tragedy at the heart of this book, which is moving and disturbing, and which will stay with the reader.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred boxed review

“The writing is beautiful . . . a triumph of tone and attitude. Lovers of character-driven literary fiction will embrace this.” 
—Booklist, starred review

“An atmospheric, near-gothic coming-of-age novel turns on the dance between predator and prey . . . Fridlund is an assured writer . . . The novel has a tinge of fairy tale, wavering on the blur between good and evil, thought and action. But the sharp consequences for its characters make it singe and sing—a literary tour de force.” 
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An artful story of sexual awakening and identity formation . . . a novel of ideas that reads like smart pulp, a page-turner of craft and calibration.” 
New York Times Book Review

“Electrifying . . . History of Wolves isn’t a typical thriller any more than it’s a typical coming-of-age novel; Fridlund does a remarkable job transcending genres without sacrificing the suspense that builds steadily in the book . . . [it] is as beautiful and as icy as the Minnesota woods where it’s set, and with her first book, Fridlund has already proven herself to be a singular talent.” 
—NPR

“A compelling portrait of a troubled adolescent trying to find her way in a new and frightening world.” 
People Magazine, “Five Best New Books

“The chilly power of History of Wolves packs a wallop that’s hard to shake off . . . an elegant, troubling debut, both immersed in the natural world but equally concerned with issues of power, family, faith and the gap between understanding something and being able to act on the knowledge.” 
—Los Angeles Times

“This captivating debut from a prodigious new talent injects taut suspense into a teenage girl’s awakenings as she confronts a web of mysteries in the chilly woods of Minnesota. A lavishly written novel with more than a glimmer of dread.” 
OThe Oprah Magazine, “10 Titles to Pick Up Now”

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Mishler to Be Featured Poet at World Above Poetry Night

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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7:00 PM

Stockton University, Noyes Arts Garage

2200 Fairmount Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The South Jersey Poets Collective welcomes Peter Mishler as the featured poet to World Above Free Poetry Night

Peter Mishler is the author of Fludde, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. His poems have appeared in The Winter Anthology, Oversound, Prodigal, diode, Prelude, Conjunctions, and elsewhere.The title poem from this collection was anthologized in the Best New Poets. As an editor, he presently curates a contemporary poetry feature for Literary Hub. 

 

PRAISE FOR FLUDDE:

"Mishler’s deft grasp of image as well as his unique voice keep these poems immediate and engaging."

The Rumpus

"[A] debut expansive in subject and skilled in practice."

The Millions

“The poems in Fludde make the uncanny uncanny again, no small feat in an era in which reality surpasses the imagination at every turn. It’s when we’re closer to being persuaded into thinking that the role of invention is to come up with tools to best convey real life’s inconceivable scenarios that we most need our imaginings. Mishler’s roam defiantly free, as in the realm of the oneiric and children’s fabulations. This book is incredible.”

—Mónica de la Torre

 

“In this uncompromising collection, it is understood that shades of the prison house begin to close upon the growing self, and that the sound of the chimneysweeper’s broom is “-weep -weep.” There’s a powerful moral imagination at work in Fludde, and its poems are darkly and passionately self-knowing about the consequences of how the childhood self is, as it grows, incorporated into the world around it. Read ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy,’ ‘Workhorse,’ and ‘Blind Minotaur Led by a Child.’ Read all of the poems in this wonderful book. It’s a joy to experience Mishler’s individual skill, his inventiveness, his beautiful knowing versification.”

—David Ferry, author of Bewilderment, winner of the National Book Award for poetry

 

“Full of the feral joy of invention and profoundly animated, Fludde makes us feel, as only poetry can, that we’ve found a companion for our dream life.  I’d say this is good news.” 

—Dean Young, from the introduction to Fludde

 

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Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Z. Arndt at Elliott Bay Books

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Monday, July 16, 2018

7:00 PM

The Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

 

Rachel Z. Arndt will appear in conversation with journalist Spenser Mestel, resident blogger for Crossfit Virtuosity. 

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer and editor whose debut essay collection, Beyond Measure, came out from Sarabande books in 2018. She received MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a BA in creative writing and Spanish from Brown University. She now lives in Chicago.

Praise for Beyond Measure

[T]he essays in Beyond Measure are beautiful in an intricate, knotty way, as in how math is beautiful, or the interior of a mechanical watch. . . . Once, when reading Beyond Measure on the train, I missed my stop, so engrossed was I in the book." —The Collapsar

"Rachel Z. Arndt’s collection demonstrates beautifully the marvelous ability of the personal essay to carve out of the ordinary events of everyday life a piece of shaped experience.” —Vivian Gornick

“In the grip of Rachel Z. Arndt’s spellbindingly obsessive mind, nearly everything shines with measurability and poetry and disturbing familiarity. She studies bird dissections, sails through a lightning storm, explains the etiquette of scamming Bed Bath & Beyond, kicks ass at a judo tournament, ponders the cultural history of the heights of kitchen counters, and formulates a phenomenology of creeping on people at the gym. Riding the folds of Arndt’s remarkable imagination, we come to realize that her obsession is in fact a cultural obsession, an American predicament, our most curious collective pastime.”—John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain and A New History of the Essay

“[Beyond Measure] is a delight to read. Arndt prompts readers to examine the 'measurements' imposed on their lives. . . . Her experiences will particularly resonate with female readers, who will identify with her coping mechanisms for dealing with sexist measurements imposed by society, from stereotypes of narcoleptic women as hysterical and attention seeking to false constraints placed on female intelligence and physical strength. Her tone is poignant and undogmatic. . . . Arndt's debut provides close insight into one woman's personal struggles while never becoming overbearing or overly solemn."—Publishers Weekly

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Jul
8
5:00 PM17:00

Edie Meidav To Read at Olympic House

Sunday. July 8th, 2018

TIME TBA

Community of Writers Olympic House

1960 Squaw Valley Rd.

Squaw Valley, California
 

Edie Meidav, author of Kingdom of the Young, will be reading at the 48th Annual Workshops of the Community of Writers at the Olympic house in Squaw Valley on July 8th.

Edie Meidav is the author of three novels: The Far FieldCrawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. Work from Kingdom of the Young appeared in Conjunctions and American Literary Review, among other places. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.

Praise for Kingdom of the Young

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey. Meidav pulls readers through a series of dreamy, complex, poignant stories with language that is by turns gauzy-poetic and pinpoint-precise but unfailingly inventive.... A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Kingdom of the Young will engage readers for its clear authority, musical language and its surprising empathy.”
—Gary Shteyngart

“These stories are dazzling, full of knowledge of the world and of the heart, and written with the pluck and thrum of a flamenco guitarist. Meidav draws you into world after world; she makes you want to sit by your window and listen all night.”
—Paul La Farge

 

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Jul
6
1:00 PM13:00

Rachel Z. Arndt to Read at Glappitnova Chicago

July 18th, 2018

7:45 PM

Glappitnova Chicago

Address TBA

 

Rachel Z. Arndt will read at Glappitnova festival in Chciago.

 

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer and editor whose debut essay collection, Beyond Measure, came out from Sarabande books in 2018. She received MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a BA in creative writing and Spanish from Brown University. She now lives in Chicago.

Praise for Beyond Measure

[T]he essays in Beyond Measure are beautiful in an intricate, knotty way, as in how math is beautiful, or the interior of a mechanical watch. . . . Once, when reading Beyond Measure on the train, I missed my stop, so engrossed was I in the book." —The Collapsar

"Rachel Z. Arndt’s collection demonstrates beautifully the marvelous ability of the personal essay to carve out of the ordinary events of everyday life a piece of shaped experience.” —Vivian Gornick

“In the grip of Rachel Z. Arndt’s spellbindingly obsessive mind, nearly everything shines with measurability and poetry and disturbing familiarity. She studies bird dissections, sails through a lightning storm, explains the etiquette of scamming Bed Bath & Beyond, kicks ass at a judo tournament, ponders the cultural history of the heights of kitchen counters, and formulates a phenomenology of creeping on people at the gym. Riding the folds of Arndt’s remarkable imagination, we come to realize that her obsession is in fact a cultural obsession, an American predicament, our most curious collective pastime.”—John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain and A New History of the Essay

“[Beyond Measure] is a delight to read. Arndt prompts readers to examine the 'measurements' imposed on their lives. . . . Her experiences will particularly resonate with female readers, who will identify with her coping mechanisms for dealing with sexist measurements imposed by society, from stereotypes of narcoleptic women as hysterical and attention seeking to false constraints placed on female intelligence and physical strength. Her tone is poignant and undogmatic. . . . Arndt's debut provides close insight into one woman's personal struggles while never becoming overbearing or overly solemn."—Publishers Weekly

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Sarabande Writing Labs: Book Launch Party!
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Sarabande Writing Labs: Book Launch Party!

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Sarabande Writing Labs: Book Launch Party!

 

  • Thursday, July 5th, 2018
  • 7pm-8pm

Carmichael's Bookstore

2720 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY

Join us for a launch party to celebrate the newest volume in the Sarabande Writing Labs Anthology Series! THE ALMOST MOTHERS OF THE GREATER LOUISVILLE METROPOLITAN AREA features 16 poems from the "Voices of Change" writing contest. 

This free event will include readings from the young poets included in the anthology. Copies of this volume and others from the Sarabande Writing Labs Anthology Series will be available for sale.

About "Voices of Change"
The 2018 "Voices of Change" contest was held by Sarabande Writing Labs in partnership with the University of Louisville's Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. The contest asked young women from Louisville, ages 11-21, to share their experiences with violence and peace, conflict and healing. Both the contest and published anthology have been made possible thanks to a grant from Imagine Greater Louisville 2020.

Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts education initiative created by Louisville-based nonprofit publisher, Sarabande Books. Find more details on our Facebook event page, and learn more about Sarabande Writing Labs on our site!

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Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello to read at Arizona State University

  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • 7:00pm  8:00pm
  • Arizona State University (map)

Elena Passarello will read from her new collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses at Arizona State University on March 16th. 

Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, SlateCreative Nonfiction, andThe Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

PRAISE FOR ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES:

“Stunning. . . . Passarello’s keen wit is on display throughout as she raises questions about the uniqueness of humans. . . . A feast of surprising juxtapositions and gorgeous prose.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This phenomenal collection documents the lives of particular animals from a wide range of species. . . . Passarello treats her subjects with dextrous care, weaving narratives together in a way that investigates, honors, and complicates her subjects. . . . Passarello has created a consistently original, thoroughly researched, altogether fascinating compendium.”  
Booklist, starred review

"I’ve spent decades reading books on the roles animals play in human cultures, but none have ever made me think, and feel, as much as this one. It’s a devastating meditation on our relationship to the natural world. It might be the best book on animals I’ve ever read. It’s also the only one that’s made me laugh out loud.... [Passarello is] a master of the essay form."
—Helen Macdonald for The New York Times Book Review

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Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Edie Meidav to Read at Mandrake Bar

Kingdom of the Young, Edie Meidav
15.95

Most Anticipated Great Books of 2017, The Millions

"Who knows what youth is really looking for?" Meidav asks in the nonfiction coda to this dazzling story collection. The dynamic characters in The Kingdom of the Young are searching: for adventure, work, love, absolution, better chances elsewhere. In surreal fables, dream-spun travelogues, conflicted confessionals and more, Meidav creates a revelatory and wholly original world in sparkling, unforgettable prose.

Edie Meidav, author of Kingdom of the Young, will be reading at Mandrake Bar in Los Angeles on December 10, 2017. 

Edie Meidav is the author of three novels: The Far FieldCrawl Space, and Lola, California. Her honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize, a Whiting Award, and a Howard Fellowship. Work from Kingdom of the Young appeared in Conjunctions and American Literary Review, among other places. She teaches in the University of Massachusetts MFA program and lives in Amherst.

Praise for Kingdom of the Young

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey. Meidav pulls readers through a series of dreamy, complex, poignant stories with language that is by turns gauzy-poetic and pinpoint-precise but unfailingly inventive.... A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Kingdom of the Young will engage readers for its clear authority, musical language and its surprising empathy.”
—Gary Shteyngart

“These stories are dazzling, full of knowledge of the world and of the heart, and written with the pluck and thrum of a flamenco guitarist. Meidav draws you into world after world; she makes you want to sit by your window and listen all night.”
—Paul La Farge

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Nov
4
to Nov 5

Texas Book Festival: Elena Passarello, Mike Scalise, and Shawn Wen

Elena Passarello, Mike Scalise, and Shawn Wen will be reading at the Texas Book Festival this fall. 

Elena Passarello is the author of Animals Strike Curious Poses. She is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, SlateCreative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

Mike Scalise is the author of The Brand New Catastrophe. His work has appeared in Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, Wall Street Journal, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction's 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.

Shawn Wen is the author of A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause. She is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace, and she is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival, and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Brown University and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. Wen was born in Beijing, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, and currently resides in San Francisco.

 

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello to Read at Ohio Wesleyan University

Elena Passarello will read from her new collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses at Ohio Wesleyan University on October 26th. 

Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, SlateCreative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

PRAISE FOR ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES:

“Stunning. . . . Passarello’s keen wit is on display throughout as she raises questions about the uniqueness of humans. . . . A feast of surprising juxtapositions and gorgeous prose.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This phenomenal collection documents the lives of particular animals from a wide range of species. . . . Passarello treats her subjects with dextrous care, weaving narratives together in a way that investigates, honors, and complicates her subjects. . . . Passarello has created a consistently original, thoroughly researched, altogether fascinating compendium.”  
Booklist, starred review

"I’ve spent decades reading books on the roles animals play in human cultures, but none have ever made me think, and feel, as much as this one. It’s a devastating meditation on our relationship to the natural world. It might be the best book on animals I’ve ever read. It’s also the only one that’s made me laugh out loud.... [Passarello is] a master of the essay form."
—Helen Macdonald for The New York Times Book Review

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