Aug
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

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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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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Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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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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Mar
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Jun
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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

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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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
2:00pm 2:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Feb
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

Mike Scalise to read at Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C., in conversation with Timothy Denevi

Mike Scalise will read from his new book, The Brand New Catastrophe at Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C. on Monday, February 6th. Scalise will be in conversation with author Timothy Denevi (A Personal History of ADHD).

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.

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Feb
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mike Scalise in conversation with Laura Van den Berg at Brookline Booksmith

Mike Scalise will appear in conversation with novelist Laura van den Berg (Find Me) at Brookline Booksmith on Thursday, February 2nd. 

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.

 

 

 

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Feb
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mike Scalise in Conversation with Alexandra Kleeman at the Center for Fiction on Wednesday, Feb. 1

Mike Scalise will talk about his creative process and the challenges of writing the body with Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine).

About The Brand New CatastropheRaucous 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.

For more information, and to check out Mike Scalise's new essay, "An Unfunny Essay About Humor," visit the Center for Fiction's website here.

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Jan
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mike Scalise in conversation with Kaitlyn Greenridge at Housing Works

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Mike Scalise launches his award-winning memoir The Brand New Catastrophe in conversation with celebrated novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman). 

About The Brand New CatastropheRaucous 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.

 

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.

Complimentary beverages provided by Sarabande Books!

 

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Dec
10
4:00pm 4:00pm

Patty Crane to read at the Poet's House

Patty Crane will be reading from her translation of Tomas Tranströmer's collection of poetry, Bright Scythe (2016), at Poets House on December 10th. She will be accompanied by Clare Cavanagh and Ellen Doré Watson as part of the Beyond Bhakti conversation. Tickets are $10 for general audience, $7 for students and free for poets 

Known for sharp imagery, startling metaphors, and deceptively simple diction, Tranströmer's luminous poems offer mysterious glimpses of insight into the deepest facets of humanity. These new translations, in a bilingual edition, are tautly rendered and elegantly cadenced. They are also deeply informed by Crane's personal relationship with the poet and his wife during the years she lived in Sweden.

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Tomas Gösta Tranströmer is a Swedish writer, poet and translator, whose poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. He's acclaimed as one of the most important European writers since World War II and was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. He died March 26, 2015 at the age of 83.

Patty Crane’s translations of Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, BlackbirdNew Ohio ReviewPoetry DailyPoetry East, and Smartish Pace. She spent three years living in the Stockholm area of Sweden, where she worked closely with Tranströmer and his wife, Monica.

 

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Nov
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rick Barot to read at Texas Tech University

Rick Barot will be reading from his new poetry collection, Chord (2015), at Texas Tech University on November 3rd. He will be reading as part of the Texas Tech Creative Writing Program Reading Series. The reading will take place at the English Auditorium at 7:30 P.M. 

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The poems of Chord are without flash or gimmick, and though they accurately reflect our moment, they would have been recognized as superb poetry in any time or place. In this his third book, Rick Barot solidifies and extends his reputation as a meticulous, elegant, musical contemporary American poet.

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received his MFA from the The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Darker Fall and Want and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

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Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Randa Jarrar to read at Chevalier's Books

On October 28th, Randa Jarrar, author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (2016), will be reading from the forthcoming collection of short stories at Chevalier's Books. Jarrar will be joined by Wendy Ortiz, author of Excavation and the forthcoming Bruja, and Myriam Gurba, author of the forthcoming memoir, Mean

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali is Randa Jarrar’s first and absolutely stellar short story collection.  In the title story, a misunderstood family anecdote becomes central to a young woman’s journey to come to terms with her father’s death. Bouncing between Cairo, New York, Palestine, Sydney, Jackson, Istanbul, and more, Randa’s stories brilliantly capture our world, sometimes refracted through the mythic, but always grounded in vivid prose and sly humor.  Vibrant writing is tempered by the reality of what is projected on these (often Arab) characters. And yet these projections do not limit the characters, as they reveal resonant and otherworldly narratives, only to find truth no less magical than their creations. We are brought into the worlds of these “accidental transients”—a term for migratory birds who have gone astray, here tenderly capturing displaced characters.

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Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the U.S. after the first Gulf War. Her novel A Map of Home, was published in six languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes & Noble Review. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and other venues. She’s received fellowships and residencies from the Lannan Foundation at Marfa, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier. In 2010, the Hay Festival and Beirut UNESCO’s world capital of the book named Jarrar one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.

 

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Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rick Barot to read at Diablo Valley College

Rick Barot will be reading from his new poetry collection, Chord (2015), at Diablo Valley College on October 27th. The reading will take place at the Pleasant Hill campus at 7:00 P.M. 

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The poems of Chord are without flash or gimmick, and though they accurately reflect our moment, they would have been recognized as superb poetry in any time or place. In this his third book, Rick Barot solidifies and extends his reputation as a meticulous, elegant, musical contemporary American poet.

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received his MFA from the The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Darker Fall and Want and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

 

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Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jordan Zandi to Read at Literati Bookstore

Jordan Zandi will be reading from his new collection, Solarium (2016), at the Literati Bookstore on October 14th. He will be accompanied by poets Amanda Rybin Koob and Hannah Webster. The reading will take place in Ann Arbor, MI. 

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening. Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior.

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star.

 

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Oct
12
to Dec 7

Randa Jarrar Book Tour

This fall, author Randa Jarrar will be touring to promote Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, her newest collection of short stories, which Publishers Weekly calls, “[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.” 

Jarrar will kick off her tour at the Asian American Writer's Workshop in New York City on October 12th. 

You can find the complete list of tour dates and locations below. If Randa Jarrar is coming to a city near you, make sure to come by and say hello, see her read from Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, and grab a signed copy! 

NEW YORK, NY
Asian American Writer's Workshop
7:00 P.M, October 12, 2016

NEW YORK, NY
KGB Bar
7:00 P.M, October 13, 2016

ATLANTA, GA
Charis Books
7:30 P.M, October 18, 2016

AUSTIN, TX
Bookwoman
7:00 P.M, October 21, 2016

OAKLAND, CA
SoleSpace
7:30 P.M, October 26, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA
Chevalier's Books
7:00 P.M, October 28, 2016

FRESNO, CA
Tokyo Garden
7:00 P.M, November 4, 2016

ANN ARBOR, MI
Literati
7:00 P.M, November 7, 2016

CHICAGO, IL
Women & Children First Bookstore
7:00 P.M, November 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Green Apple Books
7:00 P.M, December 2, 2016

PORTLAND, OR
Powell's
7:00 P.M, December 5, 2016

SEATTLE, WA
Hugo House
7:00 P.M, December 7, 2016

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Oct
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Jordan Zandi to Read at The Big Big Mess Reading Series

On October 1st, Jordan Zandi, author of Solarium (2016), will be reading at The Big Big Mess Reading Series. Zandi will be reading alongside writers Matt Hart, Holly Amos, and Ryan Collins The reading is set to take place at Annabell's Bar and Lounge in Akron, Ohio.

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening. Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior.

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star.

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Sep
25
3:00pm 3:00pm

Jordan Zandi to read at The Bloomington Writers Guild

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On September 25th, Jordan Zandi, author of Solarium, will be reading at the Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic as part of The Writers Guild at Bloomington. Zandi will be reading with Jason Ammerman, author of Dreaming is Nothing but Dreaming and All Grown Up. The reading is set to take place at the Bloomington and Monroe Country Convention Center in Bloomington, Indiana. 

"Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication,” Da Vinci said, and Jordan Zandi was listening. Rather than overpower the reader with flashy intelligence or dazzle via the latest fashion, this poet offers startling discoveries of expression. With straightforward syntax and diction Zandi’s poems find their way to fresh sound and unexplored regions of the interior.

 

Jordan Zandi grew up in the rural Midwest, and in 2011 graduated with an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he was the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship to Bolivia. His poetry has appeared in The New Republic and Little Star.

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Sep
21
4:30pm 4:30pm

Jenny Johnson to Read in Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series

On Wednesday, September 21, Jenny Johnson will be reading her work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series in Princeton, New Jersey. Johnson will read alongside author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Joy Williams. The event will take place at 4:30 PM at the Berlind Theater at McCarter Theater Center. This event is free and open to the public. 

Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body’s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination. Characterized by formal poise, vulnerability, and compassion, Johnson's debut collection is one of resounding generosity and grace.

Jenny Johnson is a 2015 recipient of a Whiting Award and a 2016-2017 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2012, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics.

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