Pride & Prejudice: A Spirited Update on a Classic Romance
Mar
20
to Apr 7

Pride & Prejudice: A Spirited Update on a Classic Romance

In the age of The Crown and Victoria, we go back to the Anglophile source with Kate Hamill’s playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance, Pride and Prejudice. The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved… tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation. Hey, Jane Austen could show these upstart hipsters a thing or two. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 7:30 pm (Additional performance on 3/27/19 at 2 pm) Fridays: 8 pm Saturdays: 3 pm and 8 pm Sundays: 2 pm (Additional performance on 3/24/19 at 7 pm)

Contact this venue for further information at

315-443-3275

or

info@syracusestage.org


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Andy Griffiths
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Andy Griffiths

On Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. join New York Times bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he invites readers to come hang out with him in the 104-Story Treehouse—the eighth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with amazing slapstick humor! 

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 It Won't Happen Again
Mar
23
5:00 PM17:00

It Won't Happen Again

Author Susan Hoffman, a California resident, will present a multi-layered discussion about domestic violence which is the topic of her new novel, It Won’t Happen Again and how it not only effects the child, but extended family. Hoffman, who is the director of a non-profit organization, Advocates For Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, has written two previous non-fiction books on the subject, grandparent visitation rights. Among the consequences to a child when a non-biological parent is brought into the house is that grandparents, in particular can become alienated and even completely cutoff from their grandchildren.

Contact Information:

Phone: 845-679-4693 
Email: info@woodstock.org 

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THE BLUE TURN COMES TO BUFFALO
Mar
24
4:30 PM16:30

THE BLUE TURN COMES TO BUFFALO

Mike Young is the author of two poetry collections: 2014’s Sprezzatura and 2010’s We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough, which was selected by readers of The Believer as one of the Top 20 Poetry Books of 2010. He is also the author of a collection of stories, 2010’s Look! Look! Feathers, that Publishers Weekly called “relevant, wise, and immensely enjoyable.” In 2015, Black Cake Records released his first album Imagine a Fire You Can Wear As a Coat. He lives in Santa Fe, NM, where he makes music with the band Clementine Was Right. Young is currently on a cross county tour called The Blue Turn.

Heave is a bedroom folk band from Buffalo, New York.

Robin Lee Jordan is the coordinator of the Just Buffalo Writing Center, a free creative writing center for teens, and started the coin-operated, micro-art exchange (B)uffalo (A)rt (D)ispensary. She received her MFA in Poetry from Oregon State University and her poetry/lyric prose has been published in Dreginald, Dream Pop, Reality Beach, alice blue review, Puerto del Sol, Paper Darts, The Buffalo News, My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (Blazevox), and Us Too: An Anthology of Withdrawn Poetry (Peach Mag).


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SaratogaREADS! Marquee Event with Kao Kalia Yang
Mar
26
7:00 AM07:00

SaratogaREADS! Marquee Event with Kao Kalia Yang

Join Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and natural storyteller, as she navigates her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—from imprisonment, their harrowing escape, a refugee camp, and their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old. Driven to tell her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—Yang wrote "The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir" as a “love letter” to her grandmother whose spirit held her family together through their imprisonment in Laos, their harrowing escape across the Mekong River and into a refugee camp in Thailand, their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old, and their transition to a hard life in America. That book went on to be the winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, "The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father" won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. Tickets are required, free and available at the library’s Information Desk beginning February 27. Ticket limit is 4 per person.

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BWOI Literary Salon featuring Author Dorinda Walker
Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

BWOI Literary Salon featuring Author Dorinda Walker

BWOI members and friends are invited to attend the BWOI Literary Salon featuring Featuring: Dorinda Walker, V.P. at Prudential & Author of "Protected By Purpose".  

This month's converation between Michelle Taylor-Jones  & Dorinda Walker will paint a picture of her life. Dorinda will share her journey of how the power of unconditional love, the process of forgiveness, and embracing faith helped her to survive, overcome and lead a fulfilling life of purpose.

Event includes a book signing.  Please stay after the talk to purchase a book and have it autographed. 

This event is FREE to BWOI Members.  Books not included.


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Literary Lunch at the Cayuga Museum
Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

Literary Lunch at the Cayuga Museum

 Join us for a book talk and learn about Malvina Guimaraes, the original #MeToo woman. Local author Ann Callaghan Allen will discuss her book, “The Madame’s Business: The remarkable life and tragic death of Malvina Guimaraes.”

Malvina Dean Guimaraes, raised in Weedsport, NY, was an ordinary woman who decided not to be so ordinary. She introduced the sewing machine, then a new and transformative device for women, to the South American market in the 1850s. This was a time when women rarely ventured beyond their own homes. Malvina amassed a fortune from this business, only to see it threatened by an unscrupulous husband who had 19th century law and conventional thinking on his side. 
Their battle crossed international borders, finally playing out in an Oswego, NY courtroom. The true story of what really happened to her vast fortune is stranger than fiction.

Author Bio:
After a professional career as a news reporter, editor and college professor, Ann Allen recently retired from teaching in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She returned to her hometown of Oswego, NY where she discovered the fascinating, true and, until now, untold story of one of Central New York’s most colorful and fascinating historic figures. 

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Book Launch: "Out of Salem" by Hal Schrieve in conversation with Jeanne Thornton and Cat Fitzpatrick
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch: "Out of Salem" by Hal Schrieve in conversation with Jeanne Thornton and Cat Fitzpatrick

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Celebrate the publication of Hal Schrieve's debut novel OUT OF SALEM, a biting, hilariously macabre story of misfit monsters fighting repression and bigotry (and trying to pass 9th grade) in mid-90's Salem, Oregon. Hal will be joined by authors Jeanne Thornton and Cat Fitzpatrick for a conversation following the reading. "Set in 1997, this darkly humored fantasy explores censorship, government surveillance, homelessness, and real-world (not just magical) forms of oppression. . . Tension burns hot until the explosive conclusion, which begs for a sequel. On fire with magic and revolution." –Kirkus Reviews (starred review) HAL SCHRIEVE grew up in Olympia, Washington, and is competent at making risotto and setting up a tent. Xie has worked as an after-school group leader, a summer camp counselor, a flower seller, a tutor, a grocer, and a babysitter. Hir current ambition is to become a librarian. Xie has a BA in history with a minor in English from University of Washington and studies library science at Queens College, New York. Xie lives in Brooklyn, New York, and hir poetry has appeared in Vetch magazine. This is hir first novel. JEANNE THORNTON is the author of "The Dream of Doctor Bantam" and "The Black Emerald," both Lambda Literary Award finalists. She is the co-publisher of Instar Books and creator of the web comics "The Man Who Hates Fun" and "Bad Mother." She lives in Brooklyn. CAT FITZPATRICK teaches at Rutgers University–Newark. She wrote the book of poems "Glamourpuss" and co-edited the Stonewall-Award-winning anthology "Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers." She is currently working on a verse novel in Onegin stanzas about trans women making terrible choices. This is a topic she knows a fair bit about.


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Queens Voices: A Poetry. Prose & Spoken Word Experience @ COFFEED (LIC)
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Queens Voices: A Poetry. Prose & Spoken Word Experience @ COFFEED (LIC)

InspiredWordNYC (http://inspiredwordnyc.com) presents the DEBUT of Queens Voices: A Poetry, Prose, Spoken Word Experience - The World's Borough Unites - an amazing and amazingly diverse event celebrating Queens based literary artists.

This is something pretty special. Featuring dynamic poets, writers, spoken word and performance artists based in Queens, New York:

Hosted by Vanessa Bontea

Featured Artists

Roxy Azari

Megan DiBello

Audrey Dimola

Amanda Hudson

Roy Angelo Ruiz aka The Laundromat Poet

Luciann Berrios

Jasmine Rosario aka J. Rose

Kelly Lynn Noll

Kevin Anglade

Maya Tartaro

Keys Will

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No age restrictions. But under 18, must have adult supervision.

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When: Saturday, March 30, 2019


Where: COFFEED, flagship location (https://www.coffeednyc.com/lic-flagship/), 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101


Why: Because culture, the arts, great literary events are vital to Queens and NYC

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Doors open at 6:30pm, event starts at 7pm


Cover: $10 at the door. Group options available. LIMITED 5 slot Open Mic and must be secured online. NO DOOR signups. Open mic slots are 6 minutes and must be poetry, spoken word, prose, or performance art. No music or comedy.


***$7 Early Bird General Admission up to a week prior to the event.***


***1 ITEM (FOOD/DRINK) MINIMUM INSIDE VENUE PER PERSON***


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Make sure to bring a printed out version of your ticket/tickets or be prepared to show your ticket/tickets (with confirmation number) on your phone.


Please Note: No TRANSFERS or REFUNDS will be granted, though you are welcome to find REPLACEMENTS for your tickets.

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Produced by the long-running Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word indie performance series, which has featured Grammy, Golden Globe, Tony, Obie, and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as Emmy nominees, American Idol finalists, America's Got Talent finalists, and HBO Def Poetry stars.

COFFEED is a New York City-based, locally-sourced, charity-minded café and specialty coffee company.




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Colm Tóibín In conversation with Vona Groarke
Apr
2
8:00 PM20:00

Colm Tóibín In conversation with Vona Groarke

The three-time Man Booker finalist and celebrated author of Brooklyndiscusses his new non-fiction work with Cullman Center Fellow Vona Groarke. Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know is an illuminating study of Irish culture, history, and literature told through the lives and work of three men—William Wilde, John Butler Yeats, and John Stanislaus Joyce—and the complicated, influential relationships they had with their equally complicated sons.


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Free Fiction Writing Class: Creating Believable Characters
Apr
6
2:30 PM14:30

Free Fiction Writing Class: Creating Believable Characters

Attention Queens writers—both experienced and new-to-writing: free creative writing classes taught by the best in Queens!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes.

The next class will be led by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond on Saturday, April 6th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Queens Library in Flushing at 41-17 Main St:

“Creating Believable Characters”

What makes some literary characters more real and more memorable than others? In this class, we will review some of literature's most compelling characters, and begin to write our own. We'll examine characters from Janet Fitch's White Oleanderand Zadie Smith's White Teeth for inspiration, and craft characters, breathing life into them with a series of written exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing for on-the-spot feedback.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of Powder Necklace, which Publishers Weekly called "a winning debut." Named among 39 of the most promising African writers under 39, her short fiction was included in the anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara. Her work has also appeared in Everyday People: The Color of Life—a Short Story Anthology, African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sunday Salon, and the short story collection Woman's Work. Every month, Brew-Hammond co-leads a writing fellowship at Manhattan's Center for Faith and Work.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses.

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WORD AND IMAGE GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENING – LEAH FRANKEL WITH IRIS CUSHING
Apr
6
3:00 PM15:00

WORD AND IMAGE GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENING – LEAH FRANKEL WITH IRIS CUSHING

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OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 6 from 3 – 5 PM

Leah Frankel (Oneonta, NY) is a visual artist whose work deals with the relationship of human existence to its remarkable environment. Using site as impetus, Frankel’s installations employ ordinary objects to draw attention to our earth’s gravity, the passing of time, or the flatness of the horizon. Frankel’s site specific projects include Colony of Earthcubes at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., a relief rendering of the Wissahickon Watershed made from reclaimed building materials at Germantown Academy, in Fort Washington, PA, and a series of installations in, around, and in response to a backyard shed in Columbus, Ohio. She also enjoys collaborating with choreographers and writers on new projects. Frankel was a fellow at the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. and received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2015. She completed her MFA at The Ohio State University in 2014 and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

Iris Cushing (Western Catskills, NY) is the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2014). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and has been a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, her former home. Her poems have appeared in Fence, the Boston Review and the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series, and her critical writings on art and literature can be found on Hyperallergic, Jacket2 and Bomblog. With Elizabeth Clark Wessel, she edits Argos Books, an independent poetry press. A doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, Iris is currently at work on a biographical dissertation, Pierce and Pine: Diane di Prima, Mary Norbert Korte and the Question of Matter and Spirit. She teaches art and writing at Eugene Lang/The New School, and lives in the Western Catskill mountains.

SHOW RUNS UNTIL APRIL 26, 2019

Phone:

6078295055

Website:

brighthillpress.org

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 Windlowers with Roger Roloff
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Windlowers with Roger Roloff

Inquiring Minds New Paltz is teaming up with Elting Library to host New Paltz poet Roger Roloff, author of six previous collections of poems. He’ll be reading from his new poetry collection Windflowers, which continues his long and fruitful exploration of Mother Earth firsthand.

Please direct all questions to (845) 255 - 5030

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Muldoon's Picnic (April 2019)
Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Muldoon's Picnic (April 2019)

Hosted by Paul Muldoon
With house band Rogue Oliphant

The critically-acclaimed variety show, now in its ninth season, features a mixum-gatherum of music, prose fiction, poetry, high commentary, and low comedy. Based on the late 19th century New York show of the same name, Muldoon’s Picnic includes songs written by Paul Muldoon and performed by the house band, Rogue Oliphant.


FEATURING

Simon Armitage, poet, playwright, and novelist 

Mary Cregan, author 

James Shapiro, author 

Duke Special, musician and songwriter

Rogue Oliphant, Chris Harford (guitar), Ray Kubian (drums), David Mansfield (guitar), Cáit O'Riordan (bass), Warren Zanes (guitar)


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Reading by Jamaica Kincaid
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

Reading by Jamaica Kincaid

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Jamaica Kincaid will deliver “Landscapes and Memories.” She skillfully and elegantly tempers the boundary between poetry and prose. Through her books and novels including Annie John, Lucy, At the Bottom of the River and A Small Place, she has carved out a unique and cherished place in the American literary landscape.

For more information please call 845-437-5370

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 Last Dog with Cynthia Flowers
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Last Dog with Cynthia Flowers

Cynthia Flowers will read from her memoir Last Dog, a chronicle of her and her husband’s journey from naive, first-time dog owners through owning five very unique, lovable dogs, ending with the triumph of successfully training their last dog, Abigail. Each dog's tale offers insight into the trials and tribulations of training them to become valued members of the Flowers' pack.

For more information please call (845) 255-8300

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The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading by Claudia Rankine in Ithaca
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading by Claudia Rankine in Ithaca

The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading by Claudia Rankine
Thursday, April 18, 5:00 p.m.
Alice Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall

The Spring 2019 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series comes to a close with a reading by poet & writer Claudia Rankine. 

Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry. Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Rankine’s bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric, was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (it was also a finalist in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Timesbestseller in the nonfiction category. She teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading is a biennial event, featuring a public reading by a distinguished poet. It was established in 1980 by Margaret Rosenzweig, 32, in memory of Robert Chasen. 

Free admission - Ticket required (Tickets to this event will be available at the Willard Straight box office while supplies last). Doors will open at 4:30p.m.

Books signed by Claudia Rankine will be available for purchase at the reading.

Cost: Free - Ticket Required

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George Saunders
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

George Saunders

GEORGE SAUNDERS is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

“George Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else, thank god . . . There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”
—Dave Eggers


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In A Word featuring Ishion Hutchinson & Carole Boyce Davies, In Conversation
May
1
4:30 PM16:30

In A Word featuring Ishion Hutchinson & Carole Boyce Davies, In Conversation

Carole Boyce Davies is a professor of English and Africana Studies at Cornell University. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject and Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones. Her most recent monograph is Caribbean Spaces: Escape Routes from Twilight Zones and a children’s book, Walking.

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections: Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among others. He is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. 

In A Word is a series that showcases the Creative Writing Program’s influences and contributions to the literary world by its dedicated faculty of poets and fiction writers.

Free and open to the public

Reception to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

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The Not Spring Writes Literary Festival Comedy Show
May
4
9:00 PM21:00

The Not Spring Writes Literary Festival Comedy Show

Comedy on the Commons is back! Bringing you the best Upstate, and Central New York Comedians!

But, Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……………….. This show is a secret!

AND, We need to make sure that YOU know The NOT Spring Writes Literary Arts Festival Comedy Show is not supported, endorsed, or sanctioned by the Spring Writes Literary Arts Festival, The Park Foundation, CAP, The Clinton Foundation, or Svante Myrick’s Tinder Account….. Ok, maybe the Mayor's Tinder account would be down for this.

We know….. The NOT Spring Writes Literary Arts Festival Comedy Show is right dab smack in the middle of the Spring Writes Literary Arts Festival, and…. it has some of our favorite, Springy Artsy Literary people who write, as well as a touring comic or two, but is in no way associated with the Spring Writes Arts Festival.

Seriously this show is NOT associated in any way with Spring Writes…. So you don’t have to tell Robin….. Please...

But we do have some people on The NOT Spring Writes Literary Arts Festival Comedy Show who have been in, and are currently involved in this year's Spring Writes Literary Arts Festival…… and

Hosted by Kenneth McLaurin, Ithaca’s favorite comedian!

Featuring Chris Holmes the only person who can streak standing still. Don’t worry, this is a clothes on show. However, we have agreed that body paint is technically clothing.

Michelle Courtney Berry Berry is an author, speaker, trainer, coach, actor, performing artist, poet, nature lover, and now comedian who helps improve the quality of people’s lives by helping them manage stress, time, conflict, and competing priorities.

Michael Roberts is a storyteller and a "Trampoline" favorite. His stories are always hilarious. Sometimes, I wonder if he puts himself in those situations just his stories will always be better than yours.

Brandon Fortunberry, only comes out once a year to do comedy, but when he comes it is waaaaaaaaay better than a Cranberry Almond Endive Cup

Closing out the show is comedian Angalia Petrillo, from Scranton PA. Angalia, has been making a name for herself performing throughout PA, Upstate and Central NY. She is bold, she is funny, she is pulls no punches, and she is just what the Not Spring Writes Festival Comedy Show needs. Ithaca, get ready!


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CLMP Press Fest
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

CLMP Press Fest

Join us at the third annual Press Fest, an indie book fair hosted by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Discover remarkable books from small publishing houses, find your new favorite literary magazines, and meet with emerging and established literary talents. This event will feature award-winning publishers, author signings, and opportunities to take home exceptional works of literature. Don’t miss this communal celebration of independent publishing and international literature.

Saturday, May 11
1:00pm-6:00pm
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Free


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11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival

The 11th Annual Millbrook Literary Festival will feature dozens of timely, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining authors participating in panel discussions, readings, and signings throughout the day. Talks on the publishing industry, illustration workshops, and much more! Free event for all ages. For more information follow us on Facebook or Twitter or visit our website at http://www.millbrookliteraryfestival.org


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Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest

Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest is a celebration of the art of writing and will showcase multiple areas of interest that connect deeply with this historic region–specifically horror, children’s books, historical, and contemporary literature. 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of the writing of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, a seminal work which touches on all four areas of interest. In addition, the festival strives to showcase the diversity of our community by featuring a wide array of voices and writers.

This one-day festival will extend across various venues from the historic Tarrytown Music Hall to the Burying Grounds of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.


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Dispossessed for the Dispossessed
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Dispossessed for the Dispossessed

St. Rocco's Readings for the Dispossessed presents a marathon reading of The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin.

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. (1974)

Publishers Synopsis:

A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

Wikipedia synopsis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dispossessed
Full-Text: https://libcom.org/library/dispossessed-ursula-le-guin

Ursula Le Guin died on Jan 22, 2018.


Admission to this event is free of charge

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BookCon 2019
Jun
1
to Jun 2

BookCon 2019

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BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. It is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more.


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4th Annual Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

4th Annual Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature

“A cultural twist on story time” —Time Out New York

Stay all day or pop in to play at our fourth annual literature festival celebrating work from the best contemporary Irish and New York-based children’s authors and illustrators, including Rowboat Watkins and one winner chosen in collaboration with Children's Books Ireland. Readers tall and small discover new books, meet the creators, and participate in storytelling workshops and activities.

Presented in association with Children's Books Ireland.

Sessions 1-3 are recommended for readers 4-8 years old, and the last event of the day, Children’s Book Publishing 101 is recommended for adults, however all events are open to (and fun for!) all.

*IAC members, for group discount email amanda@irishartscenter.org


Box Office

866-811-4111


What does "Rí Rá" mean?

The term "Rí Rá" comes from a longer colloquialism "rí rá agus ruaille buaille," which loosely translates to "fun and madness." Additionally, Rá is a word with a double meaning, also meaning "to say."

SCHEDULE

Session 1: Dragtivity Time with Drag Queen Story Hour and Sez Me
12–1pm | Recommended for ages 4-8, but open to and fun for all!

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and community spaces. Through a fun and fabulous literary experience, DQSH teaches children about gender diversity and difference, builds empathy, and teaches tolerance. In this workshop a drag queen will read books, sing songs, and lead an activity from The Dragtivity Book, our one-of-a-kind activity book that helps kids and parents understand drag and gender identity. 


Session 2: Meet the Author/Illustrator from New York: Rowboat Watkins
1-2pm | Recommended for ages 4-8, but open to and fun for all!

Meet Brooklyn based author/illustrator Rowboat Watkins. Learn about how he made his new his new book Most Marshmallows and design a marshmallow friend to take home.


Session 3: Meet the Author/Illustrator from Ireland: To Be Announced 
2-3pm | Recommended for ages 4-8, but open to and fun for all!

This year’s author/illustrator will be chosen in collaboration with Children's Books Ireland. 


Children’s Book Publishing 101 for Adults with Maya Marlette of Scholastic Inc. 
3-4pm | Recommended for an adult audience but open to all!

Are you interested in writing a children’s book of your own? Have you written a story but not sure how to get it out into the world? This informative presentation will focus on what makes a good children's book and address questions like: What’s the difference between board books, picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult? Do I need an agent? How do I find one? What about illustrations? How do I submit work? There will also be a Q&A component.


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The 2019 Ladder Literary Conference
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

The 2019 Ladder Literary Conference

Are you ready to take your writing to the next step? Are you in need of some fresh ideas? Are you hoping to learn more about the many facets of publishing? Are you looking for an agent? Then join Writers & Books on June 8th, 2019 for The Ladder, for the second annual The Ladder, a one-day literary conference in Rochester, New York.
The Ladder is a unique mix of panels focused on the four rungs of the publishing ladder:

WRITE
EDIT
CONNECT
PUBLISH

Whether you are on the earlier stages of your writing journey or ready to share your work with the world, the Ladder Literary Conference is sure to inspire and energize you.

You may also register the day of at the conference.
740 University Ave will be closed during The Ladder.
E-mail ladder@wab.org with any questions or concerns.
Full and partial scholarships are available.

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Literary Libations
Jun
15
4:30 PM16:30

Literary Libations

Meet up at the Albany Public Library Local History Room and set out for a Literary Pub Crawl led by Maeve McEneny and friends.

A team of guides with a tome of tales will lead you and your friends through Albanys historic Center Square.  Well admire the buildings, visit some pubs, but more importantly, your guides will tell you the stories behind Albanys surprising literary history. Albany was the home to many literary legends, such as our own William Kennedy and Gregory Maguire. But what other literary luminaries wandered these streets?  Did Herman Melville find inspiration for Moby Dick in his own backyard? Whats the connection between Vladimir Nabokov and the Albany Pine Bush? This and more will be revealed on the tour!

The group will gather in the Local History Room of the Albany Public Library for meet-and-greet and an Albany Author display by Jim Davies. Latecomers should meet outside the Washington Ave entrance of the Library (see schedule below.)

Part of Path Through History Weekend.
Proceeds benefit the Albany Public Library Foundation

Parking is available at the Albany Public Library.


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Silo City Reading Series featuring Danez Smith
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Silo City Reading Series featuring Danez Smith

  • Silo City Row Buffalo, NY, 14203 United States (map)
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The SILO CITY READING SERIES is a summer multidisciplinary poetry series which includes musical performances and visual art installations. The July 20, 2019 reading will feature Danez Smith, Eve Williams, music by Hop Hop, and installation art by Edreys Wajed. Free and open to the public. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Noah Falck

nfalck@justbuffalo.org

https://www.justbuffalo.org/event/silo-c...

7168619965


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Annabel Kim, "“Monique Wittig’s Labors”
Sep
19
4:30 PM16:30

Annabel Kim, "“Monique Wittig’s Labors”

  • Cornell University, Klarman Hall, KG42 (map)
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The French feminist writer and theorist Monique Wittig is underrated. Wittig’s legacy, both literary and conceptual, does not reflect her work’s boldness and significance. This is due in part to the way Wittig has been cleaved in two, her literary production cut off from her critical, theoretical production. Her reception in the American academy tends toward the latter: amplified by Judith Butler’s account of Wittig in Gender Trouble (1990), The Straight Mind (1992) has had considerable traction as a work of feminist theory.

 

In “Monique Wittig’s Labors,” I put Wittig the writer and Wittig the theorist back together. I demonstrate how for Wittig, these two strands of production are coextensive. Wittig always insisted on her identity as a writer, first and foremost, because of the way literature reveals language’s materiality in a way that purely critical writing cannot, bringing our body and language’s into a corps-à-corps. This revelation calls on us as readers to assume a writerly relation to language and engage in the difficult labor that a writerly writer does of working with this material that is as resistant as it is malleable.

Prof. Kim is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (French) at Harvard University.


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Trailer Trash: July Westhale Reading
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Trailer Trash: July Westhale Reading

Trailer Trash, selected for the 2016 Kore Press First Book Award by Robin Coste Lewis, is Oakland poet July Westhale’s first collection about the cotton-country of Riverside County, Southern California in the 1980s/90s. A book about poverty, ravaged landscape, and gender, Trailer Trash touches on a fuller, dustier California than Hollywood would have you believe.

Take July Westhale’s class on March 23!

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Writers Salon - Alice Lichtenstein
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Writers Salon - Alice Lichtenstein

  • Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) (map)
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Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her first novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books, 2000), received favorable reviews, most notably in The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. Her second novel, Lost (Scribner, 2010) was touted as a "Great Read" (People Magazine) and “a novel that delivers much reading pleasure" (Alan Cheuse reviewing for "All Things Considered"). In 2011, Lost was a long-list Finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Alice’s third novel, The Crime of Being, is forthcoming from Upper Hand Press, November 2019. In addition to the above, Lichtenstein’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals. Most recently, the Pushcart Prize-nominated “Revision,” (Narrative Magazine, Fall 2018); Dead Friends ( Post Road, Winter, 2010) and White Ladies (Short Story, Spring, 2010). Alice lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction-writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine. Writers Salon takes place the 3rd Thursday each month. Readings begin promptly at 7:30 pm (please arrive by 7:15). Beginning with open mic, guests are encouraged to read personal works in this casual & welcoming environment (open mic is limited to 5 minutes per reader). Afterwards, enjoy a reading and presentation by a featured published author. Free & Open to the public. Donations greatly appreciated. Refreshments Served.

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Literary Lecture: Transfiguration and Hope
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Literary Lecture: Transfiguration and Hope

  • First Presbyterian Church of Batavia (map)
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Dr. Greg Van Dussen of Batavia will be speaking at Batavia First Presbyterian Church, on March 21st at 7pm. His new book is called Transfiguration and Hope: A Conversation Across Time and Space, published by Wipf and Stock. Copies will be available and Greg would be happy to sign your book. If you would like your copy sooner they are available at the Holland Land Office Museum

This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. 

Contact Information:

Ezwieg11@hotmail.com

585-201-6593



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Stories ROC!
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Stories ROC!

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.

 

March 21: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Stories of the Joys, Challenges, and Weirdness of Living Near People

Admission – $10

 

Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com

 

Join the conversation on our Facbeook page.

Visit our website to view past shows.

Phone:

(585) 473-2590

Website:

https://wab.org/


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BABEL: MIN JIN LEE
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

BABEL: MIN JIN LEE

MIN JIN LEE’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for The Times (London), NPR’s “Fresh Air” and USA Today. Her second novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017 and was named one of the “Top Ten Books of the Year” by The New York Times. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her writings have appeared in The Times Literary SupplementCondé Nast TravelerThe Times (London), VogueTravel+LeisureWall Street JournalNew York Times Magazine and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family.

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Friends of APL Book Review - Blood in the Water
Mar
19
12:00 PM12:00

Friends of APL Book Review - Blood in the Water

Paul Rehm reviews Blood in the Water: How the US and Israel Conspired to Ambush the USS Liberty by Joan Mellen. This nonfiction work presents evidence suggesting the collusion between the United States and Israeli intelligence in the attack on a US naval surveillance vessel during the Six-Day War.

Paul Rehm is a member of the Upper Hudson Peace Action and the Atlantic Life Community.

The Friends of the Albany Public LIbrary host regular book reviews, author talks, and special presentations every Tuesday at 12:15 pm at the Washington Ave. Branch.

NOTE:

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With Pen in Hand
Mar
18
1:30 PM13:30

With Pen in Hand

[For Ages 18+] Paul Lamar, College of St Rose professor (retired) and South End writer, leads this popular series of writing workshops. Learn how to express yourself clearly and imaginatively, share your work, and respond to the stories of others. Attend any or all sessions.

 

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"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee book talk by Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee book talk by Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson

In light of TKAM being named as the "Best Loved" in the Great American Read in 2018, we figured we should read it again. I personally haven't read it since I was in the 9th grade. I am probably long overdue.

I am taking this from Great American Read:

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Here's the link:
https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/book/To%20Kill%20a%20Mockingbird


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