Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Nona Caspers at Laurel Bookstore, Oakland

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  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • 6:00 PM- 9: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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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.

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"

"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

“There is an agile intelligence at work . . . as [Passarello] makes connections among disparate elements and wields keen perceptions on the creatures she encounters. There are some real dazzlers. Passarello manages to chronicle humanity's cavalier exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals without getting preachy in the process—no mean feat.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[An] extraordinary book. . . Although these animal case histories lodge under the label of 'essay', Passarello tests and stretches the form in thrilling ways.”
The Guardian

“A work of genius . . . Whether you are an animal lover or not, this is a terrific read, burning with relevance to our world, by an exciting new talent.”
The Guardian, "Best Books of 2017"

“A gorgeous and peculiar collection of essays about famous animals and the ways we interact with them.”
Tin House online

“Passarello is brilliant, and these essays exploring famous animals . . . will not disappoint in quirkiness, intelligence, and delight.”
—National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas, Martha Stewart Living, "10 Page-Turners for 2017"

"Strange and wonderful." 
Brevity, online

"This is a beautiful and layered book whose allusions, content, and design make it a natural-born alpha in the latest pack of animal-themed creative nonfiction. . . . Passarello has set a new standard for how we can write about animals real and imaginary--professors of nature writing and lovers of mythical beasts, take note." 
Kenyon Review

"Elena Passarello's new essay collection Animals Strike Curious Poses is a dazzling bestiary about animals famous in their time and humans' relationships with them."
Largehearted Boy, "Favorite Nonfiction of 2017"

"The essays in Elena Passarello's Animals Strike Curious Poses are technically about animals you'll find in history books, but really they are about the worlds the creatures inhabit and the ways people intersect with them. That, and they're fiercely fun." 
Marie Claire

"Animals Strike Curious Poses is a delight for all of the senses. . . . Passarello's prose evokes a visceral response all on its own. . . . The essays range in structure, style, and length but all carry an emotional heft and lovely, sometimes aching, prose." 
Signature Reads

"[P]layful, shrewd and illuminating." 
Financial Times, "Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello--call of the wild"

"Passarello is an expert at distilling a wealth of texts into the most essential, compelling statistics or most startling, hilarious quotes. . .  . She explores and interrogates the implications of the many desires and fears we have projected onto animals—the fears they reflect back to us, and the ways we understand the will to live through them."
Southern Humanities Review online

"Packed with an assortment of facts, myths, and unexpected connections, each of the book’s essays is a deeply researched ride that presents an almost staggering amount of information. But the essays are also highly playful. . . . Throughout, Passarello works as a sort of critical ringmaster, announcing both the sideshow act and our short-sighted desire for it. She entertains as she exhibits our missteps, and points to the ways we project onto—and define ourselves in relation to—animals."
Portland Mercury

"The thoroughly researched book teems with lyrical language, humor, ingenious stylistic choices and smartly drawn connections."
Pittsburgh City Paper

"Elena Passarello writes of human-animal relationships with all the weight of mighty literature that she can bring to bear. That she attempts so bold a feat shows that this border country can be explored in unapologetically literary terms and it is worthy of deep seriousness of purpose."
New Statesman

"Passrello's language is compressed, poetic, and, at times, profound. . . . [T]he book is also irreverently fun."
The Chattahoochee Review

Animals Strike Curious Poses turns the bestiary inside out, holds the mummified mammoth heart up against our own, and, from the braided ventricles, springboards into intoxicating and animated meditations on our penchant for ownership via naming, our drive to saddle the world and its creatures with our weary, ponderous patronymics, and the attendant and cockeyed faux-fame. This book is a gift to us from one of the best, most important, and most exciting essayists of the 21st century.”
Matthew Gavin Frank, author of The Mad Feast and Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

“This is an astonishingly good collection.”
Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books, Point Reyes, CA

“Let’s face it: animals are interesting, words are interesting. Put them together in arresting match-ups—Mozart and starling, Darwin and refugee tortoise, spider and astronaut, gorilla and lexicon, ‘endling’ and genetic futurist—as Passarello does in this delicious collection, and you get a gorgeous picture of a curious mind engaged beyond self-interest. As she digs around in the animal images buried inside us, she finds that ‘It is as if every animal a human brain has ever seen, it has swallowed.’ And we get to share here this fine and nourishing meal, artfully prepared, with her playful intelligence for company at the table. I am now forever in love with starlings and spiders. . . ” 
Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Zoologies

“Passarello is resplendent in her encyclopedic knowledge of natural history with a fierce and feral intelligence. Mammoth hunting, spiders in space, the last living tortoise from the Darwin expedition—the magnificent animal essays in this utterly absorbing collection shimmer with complexities about human nature with extraordinary depth and music. The end result is simply superb—a must for anyone who values wisdom served up with verve and a genuine adoration for the creatures with which we share this flawed and dazzling world.”            
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil

“Elena Passarello’s wildly inventive, meticulously-rendered meditations are their own kind of perfect animal. This is a hair-raisingly beautiful book.”                 
—Amy Fusselman

“In Animals Strike Curious Poses, Elena Passarello spins fantastic, wondrous, and true tall tales about species big and small. Her essays are dream-spaces of imagery and ideas. . . . This book will leave little doubt that Passarello is one our country’s most gifted young prose writers.”
—Héctor Tobar, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Down Dark and The Barbarian Nurseries

“What Rachel Carson called ‘the problem of sharing our earth with other creatures’ is still one of the most pressing problems of our time, but only a few individual creatures are known to all of us by name. Elena Passarello’s witty, insightful, exquisite essays reintroduce us to these famous animals, and find new meaning in their fascinating stories.”
—Michelle Nijhuis, writer for National Geographic and blogger for The New Yorker

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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
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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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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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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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."
f(r)iction journal

"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
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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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Sep
15
to Sep 17

Elena Passarello to Read and Present at Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Elena Passarello will be reading and leading a workshop at the Kentucky Women Writers in Lexington, Kentucky. See what else you can enjoy at the Conference here: https://womenwriters.as.uky.edu/

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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Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

Randa Jarrar to spead at Wet Hot Arab-American Summer

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The PEN Center USA, in partnership with The Radius of Arab American Writers, presents a reading by Arab-American writers. Randa Jarrar, author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, will be the MC for the event.

Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. Her novel A Map of Home was published in six languages, won an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by The Barnes & Noble Review.

Select Praise for Him, Me, Muhammad Ali

“Jarrar’s characters are memorable, with experiences and observations that oscillate between deeply moving and riotously funny—often on the same page—and she expertly incorporates occasional moments of magical realism in this truly excellent short-story collection.” —New York Magazine

“These stories showcase the strength and talent of a writer of immeasurable gift and grace, who confronts the poignant and often brutal realities her characters face with sass and verve.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“[A] brave, bright, tell-it-like-it-is collection. . . . Impressively varied in style and content, Jarrar’s collection is recommended for a wide range of readers.” —Library Journal

“Jarrar follows up her novel, A Map of Home, with a collection of stories depicting the lives of Arab women, ranging from hypnotic fables to gritty realism. . . . Often witty and cutting, these stories transport readers and introduce them to a memorable group of women.” —Publishers Weekly

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Jun
30
6:00 PM18:00

Jenny Johnson to Read with the Pittsburgh Parks Summer Reading Series: Highland Park

Jenny Johnson will read from her new poetry collection In Full Velvet with the Pittsburgh Parks Summer Reading Series: Highland Park on June 30. This reading is hosted by Autumn House Press. Tell your friends you're going on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/133925477179196/

Jenny Johnson is a recipient of the 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, and the 2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"In this stunningly lyrical debut, Johnson probes issues of queer culture and love from an array of existential perspectives, creating a melodic and thought-provoking symphony on queer identity…. [A] miniature opus, alternately joyful and heartrending, achingly bittersweet.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The queer and blazing ecosystem Johnson establishes situates dyke bars in forests and forests in dyke bars, under swells of gym-class parachutes, all rendered in the jazz of Johnson’s lyricism. Vociferous, deciduous, fresh, and knowing, Johnson’s poems create a space in which readers can reveal themselves and dig deep.”
Booklist

“Radical…. If In Full Velvet is a map of Johnson’s mind and memory, it is one worth saving. Johnson is precise with herself, patient with others. These poems celebrate the feeling of spinning in tight circles until all that is left the spiral, rushing from the inside out.”
Ploughshares

“The queer valentine of the century…. A valentine-as-testament to the mysteries and mandates of human love….to queer human love...to perfect unrequited love, trenchant in memory...to imperfect requited love, more trenchant in memory still…. Perhaps most necessary and astonishing of all, this is a valentine to self-love and the elusive search for it…. Because of these poems, I see and more than see—they cause a wild trilling in my veins—the many quiet wonders of the world.”
The Rumpus

 

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Scalise to Read at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on April 19th

Mike Scalise will read from his forthcoming memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Wednesday, April 19th at 7PM. For more information, please visit the event page here.

 

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, 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.

 

 

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello in Converstation with David Shields at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

Elena Passarello will be in conversation with David Shields at the University of Arizona Poetry in conjunction with her latest book Animals Strike Curious Poses

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.

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), and Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Other People: Takes and Mistakes is forthcoming from Knopf in February 2017. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times MagazineHarper’sEsquireYale ReviewSalonSlateMcSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Scalise to Serve as Visiting Writer at the New Leaves Literary Festival at George Mason University on April 4th

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Mike Scalise will serve as the visiting writer at the New Leaves Literary Festival at George Mason University. He will be reading from his new memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, at 7:30 PM on April 4th in Research Hall room 143. For more information, please visit the event page here.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, 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.

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Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Elena Passarello to Read at Spring Literary Festival at Western Carolina University

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Elena Passarello will read at Western Carolina University's Spring Literary Festival in conjunction with her new collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses.

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.

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Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello to Read at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on April 1st

Elena Passarello will read at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC in celebration of the release of her collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses.

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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.

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Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello to Read at Coastal Carolina University

Elena Passarello will be reading at Coastal Carolina University in conjunction with the launch of her new collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses.

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.

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Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Scalise to Serve as Visiting Writer at the University of San Francisco's Emerging Writer's Festival on March 29th

  • University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall 120 (map)
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Mike Scalise will serve as the visiting writer at the University of San Francisco's Emerging Writers Festival. He will read from his new memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, at 7:30 PM in Fromm Hall room 120, Xavier Auditorium, with a reception to follow. For more information, please visit the event page here.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, 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.

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Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Elena Passarello to read at 57th Street Books in Chicago on March 29th

Elena Passarello will read from and discuss her new collection of essays, Animals Strike Curious Poses, at 57th Street Books in Chicago on March 29th, 2017. The event is co-hosted by The Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Visit the event page on Facebook here, or the official event page here.

 

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 AmericanSlateCreative 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.

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Q&A With Elena Passarello at Women and Children First in Chicago on March 28th

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Elena Passarello will answer questions about her forthcoming collection of essays, Animals Strike Curious Poses, at Women and Children First in Chicago on March 28th, 2017 at 7PM. Be sure to bring your copy for her to sign! For more information, visit the event page here.

 

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 AmericanSlateCreative 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.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello to Read at Prairie Lights

Elena Passarello will be reading at Prairie Lights, The University of Iowa's bookstore, in conjunction with her latest collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses.

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.

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Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello and Mike Scalise to Read at Brillobox in Pittsburgh on March 26th

Elena Passarello and Mike Scalise will read at Brillobox in Pittsburgh on March 26th at 7PM.

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.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, 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.

 

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Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Elena Passarello to Read at Northern Michigan University

Elena Passarello will give a reading at Northern Michigan University in conjunction with the release of her new collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses.

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 AmericanSlateCreative 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.

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Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Mike Scalise to Read at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on March 18th

Mike Scalise will read from his new memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville Branch, on March 18th, 2017 at 2PM. 

 

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, 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.

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Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

Elena Passarello to Read at Bates College

Elena Passarello will be giving a reading at the Muskie Archives 201 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine at Muskie Archives 201. 

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.

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Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

Elena Passarello to Read at Oregon State University

Elena Passarello's new collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses will launch in her hometown of Corvallis, Oregon at Oregon State University.

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.

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Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Scalise to read at Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, in conversation with Nate Brown

Mike Scalise will read from his new book, The Brand New Catastrophe, at the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore on TuesdayFebruary 7, 2017. Scalise will be in conversation with Nate Brown, author and professor at George Washington University.

About The Brand New Catastrophe: Raucous family memoir meets medical adventure in this heartfelt, hilarious book exploring the public and private theaters of illness. After a tumor bursts in Mike Scalise’s brain, leaving him with a hole in the head and malfunctioning hormones, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, becomes a complicated model as she competes with him for the status of "best sick person." The Brand New Catastrophe is a moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review Daily, 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. 

Nate Brown is a Baltimore based fiction writer and editor whose stories have appeared in the Iowa Review,Mississippi ReviewFive Chapters and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Vermont Studio Center, the Ucross Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. He’s the managing editor of American Short Fiction magazine, and he teaches composition and creative writing at Stevenson University in Maryland and at the George Washington University in Washington, DC

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