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Shayla Lawson & Emma Dabiri

Shayla Lawson is major. You don’t know who she is. Yet. But that’s okay. She is on a mission to move black girls like herself from best supporting actress to a starring role in the major narrative. Whether she’s taking on workplace microaggressions or upending racist stereotypes about her home state of Kentucky, she looks for the side of the story that isn’t always told, the places where the voices of black girls haven’t been heard. The essays in Lawson’s This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope (Harper Perennial) ask questions like: Why are black women invisible to AI? What is “black girl magic”? Or: Am I one viral tweet away from becoming Twitter famous? And: How much magic does…

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Kids’ Storytime With Meena Harris

Today, author Meena Harris joins us for kids’ storytime to read from her new picture book, Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea (illustrated by Ana Ramírez González) (Balzer & Bray/Harperteen). Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea is a beautiful, empowering book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of Meena Harris’s aunt, US Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, and Meena’s mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. One day, Kamala and Maya had an idea. A big idea: They would turn their empty apartment courtyard into a playground! Harris’s book is the uplifting story of children’s ability to make a difference and of a community coming together to transform their neighborhood. Register for the…

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Renee Gladman

Born in Atlanta, poet, novelist, and publisher Renee Gladman composes prose and poetry that tests the potential of the sentence with mapmaking precision and curiosity. Author of the poetry collection A Picture-Feeling (2005), Gladman has also published several works of prose, including Event Factory (2010),The Activist (2003), Juice (2000), and Arlem (1994), and a monograph of drawings, Prose Architectures (2017). Her latest novel, Morelia, came out in 2019. Gladman has edited Leon Works, an experimental prose chapbook series, as well as the Leroy chapbook series. She lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Brown University. **Register here for the Renee Gladman reading. A link will be emailed shortly before the event.**

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Barry C. Lynn in Conversation With Rana Foroohar

Americans are obsessed with liberty, mad about liberty. On any day, we can tune into arguments about how much liberty we need to buy a gun or get an abortion, to marry who we want, or adopt the gender we feel. We argue endlessly about liberty from regulation and observation by the state, and proudly rebel against the tyranny of course syllabi and Pandora playlists. Yet Americans are only now awakening to what is perhaps the gravest domestic threat to our liberties in a century — in the form of an extreme and fast-growing concentration of economic power. Monopolists today control almost every corner of the American economy. The result is not only lower wages and higher prices, hence a concentration of wealth and power…

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Livestream Reading: Scott Nadelson: One of Us

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Oregon author Scott Nadelson for a livestream reading from his new story collection, One of Us. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcOGvqTIvEtWX4PuIh8_hMFqcDFZ5rNeP Signed copies will be available! The stories in Scott Nadelson’s One Of Us explore the tension between groups and individuals, the allure of tribalism, the claustrophobia of belonging, and the alienation that comes with separation. They range from autobiographical to historical and roam temporally and geographically, chronicling, among others, an encounter between the sculptor Louise Nevelson and the anti-Semitic French writer Louis-Ferdinand C line; a synagogue congregation facing ongoing public scandal; a comedy improv troupe trying to cross the threshold from amateur to professional; and a young man navigating the competing pulls of adventure and domestic bliss at the cusp of the new…

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Head for the Hills Virtual Reading and Open Mic

Featured reader Brittney Corrigan (reading at 7pm) followed by an open mic starting at 7:20pm. Open mic is 1-3 poems up to 5 minutes, ending at 8pm. Join the Zoom event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81905840053?pwd=ZTJsTk9XR3dZNExxOWkxbE5YRTNmdz09 Head for the Hills has been an ongoing poetry series held at the Hillsdale Library that meets on the last Tuesday of the month. Co-hosted by Marc Janssen. Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 819 0584 0053 Passcode: 971652

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Alice Hoffman in Conversation With Ann Leary

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic. Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back. When Maria is abandoned…

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Stephen Graham Jones & Jeremy Robert Johnson

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary , The Only Good Indians (Gallery/Saga Press) follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way. A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition, The Only Good Indians is the latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones. Turner Falls is a small tourist town nestled in the hills of western Oregon, the kind of town you escape to for a vacation. When…

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Sandor Ellix Katz in Conversation With Liz Crain

In his new book, Fermentation as Metaphor (Chelsea Green), bestselling author Sandor Ellix Katz — an “unlikely rock star of the American food scene” (New York Times) — delivers a mesmerizing treatise on the meaning of fermentation alongside his awe-inspiring photography of this transformative process, teaching us with words and images about ourselves, our culture, and being human. In 2012, Katz published The Art of Fermentation, which quickly became the bible for foodies around the world, a runaway bestseller, and a James Beard Book Award winner. Since then his work has gone on to inspire countless professionals and home cooks worldwide, bringing fermentation into the mainstream. In Fermentation as Metaphor, stemming from his personal obsession with all things fermented, Katz meditates on his art and…

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Livestream Reading: Charles Souby: A View from the Borderline

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Hawaii-based author Charles Souby for a livestream reading from his new collection of stories, A View from the Borderline. Personalized signed copies are available to order! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkd-yqrD0pH9LTrFXO4AdT_nXFcFS34gn_ A View from the Borderline is a collection of short fiction by Charles Souby that runs the gamut from dark and gritty satire to sweet and serious love. This volume includes a man plotting to poison a park full of pigeons to frame a bothersome old lady; a high school delinquent who falls for a dispossessed girl about to be shipped off to an asylum and a rave promoters’ diabolical plot to abduct mindless teenagers for unthinkable purposes. Stories in this collection have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post Online, E-Fiction Magazine and…

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