Hosted by McSweeney’s and Housing Works Bookstore & Café, this event will feature contributors to the series reading extracts from their essays. With Samuel Freedman, Tanya Selvaratnam, Tracy O’Neill, Shane McCrae, Chen Chen, Rob Spillman & Hillary Jordan.
Since the 2016 election, reading the news each day can send even the most placid among us into a paralyzing apoplexia. We are enraged, we are bewildered, and then we get nothing done all day. We go to bed with teeth clenched, wake up, and it begins again. But McSweeney's has a solution. All year they have been featuring essays by powerful voices—from poets and novelists to actors and activists—giving voice to their state of mind—and possibly yours, too.
These writers also offer one simple thing you can do that day to take action, to address those concerns, to feel a little less powerless. Maybe it’ll be an organization or charity they find worthy of your donation, a volunteer opportunity worth your time, or an issue that deserves greater awareness. Whatever it is, we hope it will help remind all of us of the big and small things we can do to work toward justice and change.
Join me and a talented group of artists, all published in the online resistance journal Scoundrel Time, for an evening of words, art, & music at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, New York's only all-poetry bookstore.
Readers will include Karen Bender, Carolyn Ferrell, Dionne Ford, Daisy Fried, Mary Gaitskill, Paul Lisicky, Matthew Olzmann, Alissa Quart, Dana Sachs, Jennifer Sears, Robert Anthony Siegel, Joan Silber, Peter Trachtenberg & yours truly. Plus there'll be music by Bill McGarvey and visual art by Carolyn Alessio, Erica Baum, Kathryn Freeman, Wendy Richmond, Dee Shapiro, & Preston Trombly. Event details here.
I will give a short introduction to the film, then after the screening, will have a conversation with Prof. Dr. Heike Paul (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg), followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.
For more information go to: http://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/mudbound/
A conversation among artists, students, and faculty about the role of art in social responsibility. Specifically, what does it mean to be a “revolutionary,” an artist who addresses and provokes conversations about political and social issues? Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. Food and libations will be served.
Please join me and Laura Brown at WORD Brooklyn for an evening of lit chat about her funny, poignant, and wise new novel, MADE BY MARY. Antonya Nelson calls it "a jaunty read about the way we live now. The way we get born, and reborn, and surrogately born. The way we make fun of our foibles and fads without losing sight of what is eternal and earnest: the desire to sustain the species, to love our family no matter how it came to be, no matter how it spirals into the infuriatingly silly or the inimitably sublime."
Wednesday, January 31
4:45 pm - Reception, seated dinner, and screening of the film adaptation of Mudbound, followed by a Q&A with the author
Thursday, February 1
4:00 pm - Craft talk with students & faculty
7:30 pm - Author talk, Q&A, and book signing
Please join me and Lisa Ko, author of the newest PEN/Bellwether prize novel, THE LEAVERS, for some lit chat at Greenlight Bookstore in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. I savored every sentence of Lisa's gorgeously written and all-too-relevant novel, and you will too.
“A sweeping examination of family…. Ko’s stunning tale of love and loyalty—to family, to country—is a fresh and moving look at the immigrant experience in America, and is as timely as ever.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)