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May 2021

Jessica Lind Peterson, Sound Like Trapped Thunder

May 19 @ 4:00 pm
Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
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Jessica Lind Peterson is the 2020 recipient of the Deborah Tall Memorial Lyric Essay Book Prize, the second in this series from Seneca Review Books. Her debut collection, Sound Like Trapped Thunder, is both wild and meticulous, a lyrical, modern bestiary that troubles distinctions of form, as well as boundaries between human and animal. Jessica joins us virtually on Wednesday, May 19 at 4pm on our YouTube page. More about Jessica Jessica Lind Peterson is a Minnesota-based essayist and playwright. Her essays…

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Aminatta Forna

May 19 @ 6:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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reading from The Window Seat: Notes From a Life In Motion published by Grove Press ---------- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom. ---------- Event is free, but registration is required. (CLICK HERE) to register. Link coming soon! (CLICK…

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How to Stay Motivated When Life is Tugging at Your Heels with William Kenower

May 20 @ 6:00 pm
PNWA, Writers' Cottage 317 NW, Gilman Blvd., Ste. 8,
Issaquah, WA 98027 United States
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Need help staying motived? Let us help. The last 90 minutes will be spent in small-group critique break out sessions. William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, and the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine. In addition to his books, he’s been published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. He also hosts the popular podcast Author2Author. His new book, Everyone Has What It…

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Sarah Schulman

May 24 @ 6:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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Sarah Schulman discusses Let The Record Show: A Political History of Act Up New York, 1987-1993 published by Farrar Straus Giroux Twenty years in the making, Sarah Schulman's Let the Record Show is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and American AIDS activism. ---------- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the…

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Cynthia Kaufman in conversation with Francesca Caparas

May 25 @ 6:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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discussing Cynthia Kaufman's new book The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook foreword by Bill McKibben published by PM Press This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom. ---------- Event is free, but registration is…

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TWW Workshop

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 22, 2021

The TWW workshops are free and open to the public. Writers of all genres and anyone who appreciates the written word are welcome. Work is submitted a week prior to workshop (Tuesday), and a workshop notice is emailed (Thursday/Friday). The pieces to be critiqued can then be dowloaded and read. We critique a maximum of fifty total pages per workshop. At the beginning of each workshop, the group spends some time discussing "Trials and Tribs." This provides the opportunity for…

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Indie Press Poetry Showcase

May 26 @ 4:00 pm
Sundance Bookstore, 121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
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We're keeping poetry alive beyond National Poetry Month with a May showcase of indie press poets, Wednesday, May 26, at 4pm on our YouTube page. Four poets join to read from and ask/answer questions about their recent books. Nik De Dominic - Goodbye Wolf (The Operating System, 2020) Goodbye Wolf is a collection of poems alternating between the author’s subversion of the horoscope and its tropes and his epistles to chronic illness, dear wolf or lupus. The poems explore the everydayness of disease…

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Nathaniel Mackey

May 26 @ 6:00 pm

elebrating the launch of his new poetry collection DOUBLE TRIO published by New Directions Three new books in a spectacular limited edition box carry the tradition of the long poem far into the 21st century with a "low-lit, slow-drag ebullience" ---------- This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom…

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Joel Harrison with Henry Kaiser and Nels Cline

May 29 @ 3:00 pm
City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the book launch for Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players from Terra Nova Press Hear the secrets of master musicians, revealed in conversation. This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on a platform to announced shortly. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. We will proovide you with more details in the next few days. This event is not being held on Zoom. ----------…

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June 2021

New Directions @ 85: The Anniversary Celebration

June 3 @ 6:00 pm

City Lights celebrates the 85th anniversary of this trailblazing publishing house with Forrest Gander as MC and special guests Barbara Epler, Declan Spring, and other surprise guests New Directions was founded in 1936 by James Laughlin, then a Harvard University sophomore, via advice from Ezra Pound to "do something useful" after finishing his studies at Harvard. The first projects to come out of New Directions were anthologies of new writing, each titled New Directions in Poetry and Prose (until 1966's…

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