Hilary Moore & James Tracy in Conversation With Mark Bray

Sunday, August 9 @ 2:00 PM


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Hilary Moore and James Tracy’s No Fascist USA! (City Lights) is the story of how a national grassroots network fought a resurgence of the KKK and other fascist groups during the Reagan years, laying the groundwork for today's anti-fascist/anti-racist movements. In June 1977, a group of white anti-racist activists received an alarming letter from an inmate at a New York state prison calling for help to fight the Ku Klux Klan's efforts to recruit prison staff and influence the people incarcerated. Their response was to form the first chapter of what would eventually become a powerful, nationwide grassroots network, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, dedicated to countering the rise of the KKK and other far-right white nationalist groups. No Fascist USA! tells the story of that network, whose efforts throughout the 1980s — which included exposing white supremacists in public office, confronting neo-Nazis in street protests, supporting movements for self-determination, and engagement with the underground punk scene — laid the groundwork for many anti-racist efforts to emerge since. Moore and Tracy will be joined in conversation by Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.

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David Sheff in Conversation With Jarvis Jay Masters

Monday, August 10 @ 6:00 PM


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Jarvis Jay Masters’s early life was a horror story whose outline we know too well. Born in Long Beach, California, his house was filled with crack, alcohol, physical abuse, and men who paid his mother for sex. He and his siblings were split up and sent to foster care when he was five, and he progressed quickly to juvenile detention, car theft, armed robbery, and ultimately San Quentin. While in prison, he was set up for the murder of a guard — a conviction which landed him on death row, where he’s been since 1990. At the time of his murder trial, he was held in solitary confinement, torn by rage and anxiety, felled by headaches, seizures, and panic attacks. A criminal investigator repeatedly offered to teach him breathing exercises which he repeatedly refused. Until desperation moved him to ask her how to do “that meditation shit.” Along the way, Masters becomes drawn to the principles that Buddhism espouses — compassion, sacrifice, and living in the moment — and he gains the admiration of Buddhists worldwide, including many of the faith’s most renowned practitioners. In The Buddhist on Death Row (Simon & Schuster), David Sheff — author of Beautiful Boy – describes Masters’s gradual but profound transformation from a man dedicated to hurting others to one who has prevented violence on the prison yard, counseled high school kids by mail, and helped prisoners — and even guards — find meaning in their lives. Sheff will be joined in conversation by Jarvis Jay Masters, author of That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row.

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Casper ter Kuile in Conversation With Nadia Bolz-Weber

Tuesday, August 11 @ 5:00 PM


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Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices — yoga, reading, walking the dog — into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose. We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us — no matter our ages — feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual. In The Power of Ritual (HarperOne), ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and well-being. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities. Ter Kuile will be joined in conversation by Nadia Bolz-Weber, ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO, and author of three bestselling memoirs, including Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint.

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A House Is a Body
by Shruti Swamy

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Shruti Swamy in Conversation With Kiese Laymon

Wednesday, August 12 @ 6:00 PM


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Dreams collide with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth with identity in the 12 arresting stories in Shruti Swamy’s A House is a Body (Algonquin). In "Earthly Pleasures," a young painter living alone in San Francisco begins a secret romance with one of India's biggest celebrities, and desire and ego are laid bare. In "A Simple Composition," a husband's professional crisis leads to his wife's discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy. And in the title story, an exhausted mother watches, hypnotized by fear, as a California wildfire approaches her home. Immersive and assured, provocative and probing, these are stories written with the edge and precision of a knife blade. Set in the United States and India, they reveal small but intense moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world. A House is a Body introduces Swamy as a bold and original voice in fiction, from a writer at the start of a stellar career. Swamy will be joined in conversation by Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir.

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Hieroglyphics
by Jill McCorkle

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Jill McCorkle in Conversation With Jayne Anne Phillips

Thursday, August 13 @ 5:00 PM


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Lil and Frank married young, launched into courtship when they bonded over how they both — suddenly, tragically — lost a parent when they were children. Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for so much more understanding of the parents they'd lost prematurely. Now, after many years in Boston, they've retired to North Carolina. There, Lil, determined to leave a history for their children, sifts through letters and notes and diary entries — perhaps revealing more secrets than Frank wants their children to know. Meanwhile, Frank has become obsessed with what might have been left behind at the house he lived in as a boy on the outskirts of town, where a young single mother, Shelley, is just trying to raise her son with some sense of normalcy. Frank's repeated visits to Shelley's house begin to trigger memories of her own family, memories that she'd hoped to keep buried. Because, after all, not all parents are ones you wish to remember. Hieroglyphics (Algonquin) reveals the difficulty of ever really knowing the intentions and dreams and secrets of the people who raised you. In her deeply layered and masterful novel, Jill McCorkle deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother, and what it means to be a child piecing together the world around us, a child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory. McCorkle will be joined in conversation by Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Black Tickets and Lark and Termite.

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Unconquerable Sun (Sun Chronicles #1)
by Kate Elliott

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Kate Elliott & Kit Rocha

Friday, August 14 @ 5:00 PM


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New York Times bestselling author Kate Elliott brings us a thrilling new science fiction adventure set in a rich universe full of political intrigue with Unconquerable Sun (Tor). Princess Sun has finally come of age. Growing up in the shadow of her mother, Eirene, has been no easy task. The legendary queen-marshal did what everyone thought impossible: expel the invaders and build Chaonia into a magnificent republic, one to be respected — and feared. But the cutthroat ambassador corps and conniving noble houses have never ceased to scheme — and they have plans that need Sun to be removed as heir, or better yet, dead. To survive, the princess must rely on her wits and companions: her biggest rival, her secret lover, and a dangerous prisoner of war.

Orphan Black meets the postapocalyptic Avengers in bestselling author duo Kit Rocha’s new novel, Deal With the Devil (Tor). Nina is an information broker with a mission — she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America. Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he's fighting to survive. They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process… they could do the impossible: team up.

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Second Banana
by Blair Thornburgh

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Kids' Storytime With Blair Thornburgh & Kate Berube

Saturday, August 15 @ 11:00 AM


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Author Blair Thornburgh and illustrator Kate Berube join us to present their new picture book, Second Banana (Abrams). The kids in Mrs. Millet's class are putting on their annual nutrition pageant. Every kid plays a food. Every kid gets a line. It is a big deal. But this year, there aren't quite enough parts for everybody. So the class is cast: Fish, Cheese, Broccoli, Blueberry, Banana, and… Second Banana. Second Banana feels rotten. She wants to be the ONLY banana! In their deliciously original school story, Thornburgh and Berube recognize the dreadful disappointment that a casting list can cause — as well as the power of friendship, creative thinking, and a good attitude to turn a rotten situation into one that's quite ap-peel-ing. Showtime!

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Miracle Country
by Kendra Atleework

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Kendra Atleework in Conversation With Caitlin Myer

Sunday, August 16 @ 2:00 PM


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Kendra Atleework grew up in Swall Meadows, in the Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, where annual rainfall averages five inches and in drought years measures closer to zero. Atleework’s parents taught their children to thrive in this beautiful, if harsh, landscape, prone to wildfires, blizzards, and gale-force winds. Above all, they were raised on unconditional love and delight in the natural world. After Atleework’s mother died of a rare autoimmune disease when Atleework was just 16, however, her once beloved desert world came to feel empty and hostile, as climate change, drought, and wildfires intensified. The Atleework family fell apart, even as her father tried to keep them together. Atleework escaped to Los Angeles, and then Minneapolis, land of tall trees, full lakes, water everywhere you look. But after years of avoiding her troubled hometown, she realized that she needed to come to terms with its past and present and had to go back. Miracle Country (Algonquin) is a moving and unforgettable memoir of flight and return, emptiness and bounty, the realities of a harsh and changing climate, and the true meaning of home. For readers of Cheryl Strayed, Terry Tempest Williams, and Rebecca Solnit, this is a breathtaking debut by a remarkable writer. Atleework will be joined in conversation by Caitlin Myer, author of Wiving: A Memoir of Loving Then Leaving the Patriarchy.

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Dare to Speak Defending Free Speech for All
by Suzanne Nossel

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Suzanne Nossel in Conversation With Jacob Weisberg

Monday, August 17 @ 5:00 PM


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Online trolls and fascist chat groups. Controversies over campus lectures. Cancel culture versus censorship. The daily hazards and debates surrounding free speech dominate headlines and fuel social media storms. In an era where one tweet can launch — or end — your career, and where free speech is often invoked as a principle but rarely understood, learning to maneuver the fast-changing, treacherous landscape of public discourse has never been more urgent. In Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All (Dey Street), PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, freewheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel’s primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one’s mind in today’s diverse, digitized, and highly divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression. Nossel will be joined in conversation by Jacob Weisberg, author, former Slate editor, and CEO of Pushkin Industries, an audio publishing company he cofounded with Malcolm Gladwell in 2018. This event is cosponsored by PEN America.

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William Deresiewicz in Conversation With Kate Bingaman-Burt & Lisa Congdon

Tuesday, August 18 @ 5:00 PM


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Over the last 20 years, art has become more accessible than ever before. A painter can post their latest creation on Instagram and wait as the likes pile up; a budding filmmaker can shoot a clip on their iPhone, then upload it to YouTube for thousands to view. The digital landscape has fundamentally altered what it means to be creative, as well as how consumers interact with artistic production both economically and curatorially. William Deresiewicz, a leading critic of contemporary culture in America, argues that we are in the midst of an epochal transformation within art. The Internet, along with decreases in art funding and the growing prevalence of gig economies, has forced artists to become responsible for every aspect of their work, from conception to promotion, from sales to legacy. In The Death of the Artist (Henry Holt), Deresiewicz profiles those struggling to make a living through the arts, from the 20-something college novelist with a multi-hyphenated job title to the midlife painter who must utilize social media to stay relevant. Deresiewicz shows what the birth of the “creative entrepreneur” signifies about our evolving society at large and what might be done to keep artists thriving, because we need them. Deresiewicz will be joined in conversation by Kate Bingaman-Burt, illustrator and professor of graphic design, and Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author of Find Your Artistic Voice.

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Jim Tankersley in Conversation With Amy Wang

Wednesday, August 19 @ 6:00 PM


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For over a decade, Jim Tankersley, tax and economics reporter for The New York Times, has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world's greatest middle-class success story — the post-World War II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In The Riches of This Land (PublicAffairs), Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans — struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class — with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding of how to create a more widespread prosperity. His analysis begins with the revelation that women and minorities played a far more crucial role in building the post-war middle class than today's politicians typically acknowledge, and policies that have done nothing to address the structural shifts of the American economy that have enabled a privileged few to capture nearly all the benefits of America's growing prosperity. At the culmination of his journey, Tankersley lays out specific policy prescriptions and social undertakings that can begin moving the needle in the effort to make new and better jobs appear. Tankersley will be joined in conversation by Amy Wang, editor at The Oregonian/OregonLive.

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I Want You
by Lisa Hanawalt

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Lisa Hanawalt in Conversation With Emily Heller

Thursday, August 20 @ 5:00 PM


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Before the critically acclaimed animated shows (Tuca and Bertie and BoJack Horseman), the bestselling graphic novel, Coyote Doggirl, and the humor collections, Hot Dog Taste Test and My Dirty Dumb Eyes, cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt was a comic book industry sensation with her Ignatz Award-winning minicomic series, I Want You. Hanawalt’s outlandish humor and ingenious formalism are evident in the comics collected in I Want You (Drawn & Quarterly). Her love of anthropomorphism and scatology are on full display, all lovingly and grotesquely drawn by Hanawalt in obsessive, unnerving detail. Whether she’s discussing the daily commute or masturbation, she packs each comic in I Want You with punchy cultural observations and sharp-witted reflections on typically taboo subjects. A master humorist, Hanawalt strikes the perfect balance between drawing the gorgeous and the repugnant, the fantastical and the lifelike, the bizarre and the hilarious — creating a deeply human experience that everyone can relate to. Hanawalt will be joined in conversation by comedian and writer Emily Heller.

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Adrienne Raphel in Conversation With Bianca Bosker

Friday, August 21 @ 5:00 PM


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Almost as soon as it appeared, the crossword puzzle had already become indispensable to our lives. Invented practically by accident in 1913, when a newspaper editor was casting around for something to fill empty column space, it became a roaring commercial success practically overnight. Ever since then, the humble puzzle has been an essential ingredient of any newspaper worth its salt. Blending first-person reporting from the world of crosswords with a delightful telling of its rich literary history, Adrienne Raphel dives into the secrets of this classic pastime. At the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, she rubs shoulders with elite solvers of the world; aboard a crossword-themed cruise, she picks the brains of the enthusiasts whose idea of a good time is a week on the high seas with nothing but crosswords to do; and, visiting the home and office of Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor and NPR’s official “Puzzlemaster,” she goes behind the scenes to see for herself how America’s gold standard of puzzles is made. As ingenious as it is fun, Thinking Inside the Box (Penguin Press) is a love letter not just to the abiding power of the crossword, but to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language itself. Raphel will be joined in conversation by Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork.

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My Captain America A Memoir
by Megan Margulies

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Megan Margulies in Conversation With Jacque Nodell

Sunday, August 23 @ 2:00 PM


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Megan Margulies’s My Captain America (Pegasus) is a finely wrought coming-of-age memoir about the author’s relationship with her beloved grandfather, Joe Simon, cartoonist and cocreator of Captain America. Evoking New York City both in the 1980s and ’90s and during the Golden Age of comics in the 1930s and ’40s, My Captain America flashes back from Margulies’s story to chart the life and career of Rochester native Joe Simon, from his early days retouching publicity photos and doing spot art for magazines, to his partnership with Jack Kirby at Timely Comics (the forerunner of Marvel Comics), which resulted in the creation of beloved characters like Captain America, the Boy Commandos, and Fighting American. My Captain America offers a tender and sharply observed account of Margulies’s life with Daddy Joe — and an intimate portrait of the creative genius who gave us one of the most enduring superheroes of all time. Margulies will be joined in conversation by Jacque Nodell, author of How to Go Steady, curator of the blog Sequential Crush, and granddaughter of Martin Nodell, creator of the original Green Lantern.

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Ezekiel J. Emanuel in Conversation With Jonathan Cohn

Monday, August 24 @ 5:00 PM


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Preeminent doctor and bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel is repeatedly asked one question: Which country has the best healthcare? He set off to find an answer. The US spends more than any other nation, nearly $4 trillion, on healthcare. Yet, for all that expense, the US is not ranked #1 — not even close. In Which Country Has the World’s Best Healthcare? (PublicAffairs), Emanuel profiles 11 of the world's healthcare systems in pursuit of the best — or at least where excellence can be found. Using a unique comparative structure, the book allows healthcare professionals, patients, and policymakers alike to know which systems perform well, and why, and which face endemic problems. From Taiwan to Germany, Australia to Switzerland, the most inventive healthcare providers tackle a global set of challenges — in pursuit of the best healthcare in the world. Emanuel will be joined in conversation by Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent at HuffPost and author of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis — and the People Who Pay the Price.

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Thom Hartmann in Conversation With David Korten

Tuesday, August 25 @ 5:00 PM


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American monopolies dominate, control, and consume most of the energy of our entire economic system; they function the same as cancer does in a body, and, like cancer, they weaken our systems while threatening to crash the entire body economic. American monopolies have also seized massive political power and use it to maintain their obscene profits and CEO salaries while crushing small competitors. But Thom Hartmann, America’s #1 progressive radio host, shows we’ve broken the control of behemoths like these before, and we can do it again. In The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream (Berrett-Koehler), Hartmann shows the damage monopolies have done to so many industries: agriculture, healthcare, the media, and more. Hartmann also describes commonsense, historically rooted measures we can take — such as revitalizing antitrust regulation, taxing great wealth, and getting money out of politics — to pry control of our country from the tentacles of the monopolists. Hartmann will be joined in conversation by David Korten, co-founder of YES! Magazine and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

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The Great Offshore Grounds
by Vanessa Veselka

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Vanessa Veselka in Conversation With Kristen Arnett

Wednesday, August 26 @ 5:00 PM


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On the day of their estranged father’s wedding, half-sisters Cheyenne and Livy set off to claim their inheritance. It’s been years since the two have seen each other. Cheyenne is newly back in Seattle, crashing with Livy after a failed marriage and a series of dead ends. Livy works refinishing boats, her resentment against her freeloading sister growing as she tamps down dreams of fishing off the coast of Alaska. But the promise of a shot at financial security brings the two together to claim what’s theirs. Except, instead of money, what their father gives them is information — a name — which both reveals a stunning family secret and compels them to come to grips with it. In the face of their new reality, the sisters and their adopted brother each set out on journeys that will test their faith in one another, as well as their definitions of freedom. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.powells.com/book/great-offshore-grounds-a-novel-9780525658078 ">The Great Offshore Grounds (Knopf) is a wildly original, cross-country novel that subverts a long tradition of family narratives and casts new light on the mythologies — national, individual, and collective — that drive and define us. In her new novel, Vanessa Veselka, author of Zazen, spins a tale with boundless verve, linguistic vitality, and undeniable tenderness. Veselka will be joined in conversation by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things.

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The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story
by Darin Strauss

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Darin Strauss in Conversation With Raven Leilani

Thursday, August 27 @ 5:00 PM


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From Darin Strauss, the award-winning, bestselling author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life, comes a new novel about Lucille Ball, a thrilling love story starring Hollywood’s first true media mogul, and an epic multilayered look at America’s most fascinating era. This indelible romance begins with a daring conceit — that the author’s grandfather may have had an affair with Lucille Ball. Strauss offers a fresh view of a celebrity America loved more than any other. Ball — the most powerful woman in the history of Hollywood — starred in America’s first big-time interracial marriage. She owned more movie sets than did any movie studio. And she more or less single-handedly created the modern TV business. And yet Ball’s off-camera life was in disarray. While acting out a happy marriage for millions, in private she suffered. Her partner couldn’t stay faithful. She struggled to manage her fame with the demands of being a mother, a creative genius, an entrepreneur, and, most of all, a symbol. The Queen of Tuesday (Random House) mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew. Strauss will be joined in conversation by Raven Leilani, author of Luster.

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Katherine Sharp Landdeck With Nell Bright, Moderated by Tracy V. Wilson

Friday, August 28 @ 5:00 PM


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Historian Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s The Women With Silver Wings (Crown) is the thrilling true story of the daring female aviators who helped the United States win World War II — only to be forgotten by the country they served. Landdeck introduces us to these young women as they meet even-tempered, methodical Nancy Love and demanding visionary Jacqueline Cochran, the trailblazing pilots who first envisioned sending American women into the air, and whose rivalry would define the Women Airforce Service Pilots. While not authorized to serve in combat, the WASP helped train male pilots for service abroad and ferried bombers and pursuits across the country. Thirty-eight of them would not survive the war. But even taking into account these tragic losses, Love and Cochran’s social experiment seemed to be a resounding success — until, with the tides of war turning and fewer male pilots needed in Europe, Congress clipped the women’s wings. The program was disbanded, the women sent home. But the bonds they’d forged never failed, and over the next few decades, they came together to fight for recognition as the military veterans they were — and for their place in history. Landdeck will be joined in conversation by WASP Nell Bright, with moderation by Tracy V. Wilson, cohost of the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast.

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The Little Witch's Book of Spells
by Ariel Kusby

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Ariel Kusby in Conversation With Pam Grossman

Sunday, August 30 @ 2:00 PM


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Ariel Kusby’s The Little Witch’s Book of Spells (Chronicle) is an enchanting compendium of spells, potions, and activities for kids 8 to 12 years old. Young witches-in-training will discover spells to resolve problems, foster friendship, and engage with the natural world. Kusby’s spellbinding book guides readers on how to craft a magic wand, befriend a fairy, and read tea leaves, as well as glossaries of magical terms and symbols. The Little Witch’s Book of Spells harnesses magic and the imagination to help little witches feel powerful, tap into creative energy, and practice self-love. Spells and activities include Best Friends Forever Spell, Jump Rope Protection Spell, Get Well Soon Elixir, Blanket Fort Magical Fortress Spell, How to Make a Magical Fairy Garden, and Mermaid Bath Spell. Kusby will be joined in conversation by Pam Grossman, author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power.

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The Girl in the White Van
by April Henry

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April Henry, June Hur, L.E. Flynn in Conversation With Miranda Doyle

Monday, August 31 @ 5:00 PM


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When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom’s boyfriend, everyone assumes she's run away. The truth is much worse. She’s been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes. Master mystery writer April Henry weaves another heart-stopping YA thriller with The Girl in the White Van (Henry Holt).

Set in Joseon Dynasty-era Korea, June Hur’s evocative YA debut, The Silence of Bones (Feiwel & Friends), follows a 16-year-old indentured servant within the police bureau who becomes entangled in the politically charged investigation into the murder of a noblewoman.

Seventeen-year-old Tabby went into the woods with her boyfriend, but she came out alone. Originally praised as a survivor, Tabby is now widely suspected to be her boyfriend’s killer. L. E. Flynn’s All Eyes on Her (Imprint) is a vivid, evocative thriller told from the point of view of six people in Tabby’s life — everyone except Tabby herself.

Henry, Hur, and Flynn will be joined in conversation by teacher and librarian Miranda Doyle.

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Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas

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Aiden Thomas in Conversation With Adam Silvera

Tuesday, September 1 @ 5:00 PM


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In Aiden Thomas’s #OwnVoices LGBT paranormal YA novel, Cemetery Boys (Swoon Reads), a trans boy determined to prove his gender to his family summons a ghost who refuses to leave. Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend, Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. Thomas will be joined in conversation by Adam Silvera, author of They Both Die at the End and coauthor of What If It’s Us.

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Ron Rash in Conversation With Colum McCann

Wednesday, September 2 @ 5:00 PM


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Ron Rash has long been a revered presence in the landscape of American letters. A virtuosic novelist, poet, and story writer, he evokes the beauty and brutality of the land, the relentless tension between past and present, and the unquenchable human desire to be a little bit better than circumstances would seem to allow (to paraphrase Faulkner). In the 10 stories of his new collection, In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena (Doubleday), Rash spins a haunting allegory of the times we live in — rampant capitalism, the severing of ties to the natural world in the relentless hunt for profit, the destruction of body and soul with pills meant to mute our pain — and yet within this world he illuminates acts of extraordinary decency and heroism. In revisiting Serena Pemberton, Rash updates his bestselling parable of greed run amok as his deliciously vindictive heroine returns to the North Carolina wilderness she left scarred and desecrated to make one final effort to kill the child that threatens all she has accomplished. “A gorgeous, brutal writer” (Richard Price) working at the height of his powers, Rash has created another mesmerizing look at the imperfect world around us. Rash will be joined in conversation by Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Apeirogon and Let the Great World Spin.

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Timothy Zahn in Conversation With Tom Hoeler

Friday, September 4 @ 5:00 PM


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Beyond the edge of the galaxy lies the Unknown Regions: chaotic, uncharted, and near impassable, with hidden secrets and dangers in equal measure. And nestled within its swirling chaos is the Ascendancy, home to the enigmatic Chiss and the Nine Ruling Families that lead them. The peace of the Ascendancy, a beacon of calm and stability, is shattered after a daring attack on the Chiss capital that leaves no trace of the enemy. Baffled, the Ascendancy dispatches one of its brightest young military officers to root out the unseen assailants. A recruit born of no title, but adopted into the powerful family of the Mitth and given the name Thrawn. With the might of the Expansionary Fleet at his back, and the aid of his comrade Admiral Ar'alani, answers begin to fall into place. But as Thrawn's first command probes deeper into the vast stretch of space his people call the Chaos, he realizes that the mission he has been given is not what it seems. And the threat to the Ascendancy is only just beginning. Discover Thrawn's origins within the Chiss Ascendancy in Chaos Rising (Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy #1) (Del Rey), the first book in an epic new Star Wars trilogy from bestselling author Timothy Zahn. Zahn will be joined in conversation by Tom Hoeler, editor at Del Rey Books.

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Kids' Storytime With Josh Funk

Saturday, September 5 @ 11:00 AM


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Today, author Josh Funk joins us to read from his new picture book, Short and Sweet (Sterling), illustrated by Brendan Kearney. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are back with a twist: they’ve been transformed into small children. Now it’s a race against the clock to turn our favorite duo into grown-ups again! Lady Pancake is aching; Sir French Toast’s looking pale. Could they be going… STALE? Maybe a visit to Professor Biscotti’s lab for her despoiling procedure will help. But instead of beautifying them, Biscotti accidentally transforms the two treats into toddlers! Frightened of the now gargantuan (to them) Baron von Waffle, the mini breakfast foods scamper off on an adventure in the fridge, visiting everywhere from the Bran Canyon to Limes Square. Will Baron von Waffle and Professor Biscotti figure out a way to turn them back into a grown Lady and Sir? Or will they stay short and sweet forever?


Sarah Mirk With Omar El Akkad, Kane Lynch, & Hazel Newlevant

Tuesday, September 8 @ 6:00 PM


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In January 2002, the United States sent a group of Muslim men they suspected of terrorism to a prison in Guantánamo Bay. They were the first of roughly 780 prisoners who would be held there — and 40 inmates still remain. Eighteen years later, very few of them have been ever charged with a crime. In Guantánamo Voices (Abrams ComicArts), journalist Sarah Mirk and her team of diverse, talented graphic novel artists tell the stories of 10 people whose lives have been shaped and affected by the prison, including former prisoners, lawyers, social workers, and service members. Mirk’s collection of illustrated interviews explores the history of Guantánamo and the world post-9/11, presenting this complicated partisan issue through a new lens. Mirk will be joined in conversation by cartoonists Kane Lynch and Hazel Newlevant, Guantánamo Voices contributors, as well as by Omar El Akkad, author of American War, who wrote the introduction to Guantánamo Voices.

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Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager in Conversation With Laurie Frankel

Thursday, September 10 @ 5:00 PM


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Before Jennifer Egan, Louise Erdrich, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jonathan Lethem became revered authors, they were readers. In their ebullient new book, The Writer’s Library (HarperOne), America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark. The Writer’s Library is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors (including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon) — the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is. A love letter to books and a celebration of wordsmiths, The Writer’s Library is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word. Pearl and Schwager will be joined in conversation by contributor Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is.

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Jessica Garrison & Sarah Weinman

Monday, September 14 @ 5:00 PM


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On the surface, 58-year-old Jose Martinez didn't seem evil or even that remarkable — just a regular neighbor, good with cars and devoted to his family. But in between taking his children to Disneyland and visiting his mom, Martinez was also one of the most skilled professional killers police had ever seen. A page-turning, suspenseful story of a drug cartel hit man who got away with murder after murder in California's Central Valley for three decades, award-winning reporter Jessica Garrison’s The Devil’s Harvest (Hachette) reveals how the criminal justice system fails our most vulnerable immigrant communities.

The appeal of true-crime stories has never been higher. With podcasts like My Favorite Murder and In the Dark, bestsellers like I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Furious Hours, and TV hits like American Crime Story and Wild Wild Country, the cultural appetite for stories of real people doing terrible things is insatiable. In Unspeakable Acts (Ecco), Sarah Weinman, the acclaimed author of The Real Lolita, brings together an exemplary collection of recent true-crime tales. She culls some of the most refreshing and exciting contemporary journalists and chroniclers of crime working today — showcasing writing about true crime across the broadest possible spectrum, while also reflecting what makes crime stories so transfixing and irresistible to the modern reader.

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Raybearer
by Jordan Ifueko

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Jordan Ifueko in Conversation With Bethany C. Morrow

Tuesday, September 15 @ 5:00 PM


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Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy? Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn — but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Jordan Ifueko’s epic YA fantasy debut, Raybearer (Amulet), is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love. Ifueko will be joined in conversation by Bethany C. Morrow, author of A Song Below Water.

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This Is My America
by Kim Johnson

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Kim Johnson & Ibi Zoboi

Sunday, September 20 @ 2:00 PM


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Every week, 17-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time — her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present? Kim Johnson’s This is My America (Random House) is an unflinching, yet uplifting YA debut that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

From award-winning author Ibi Zoboi comes Punching the Air (cowritten by prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five) (Balzer + Bray), a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. Suddenly, at just 16 years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. With spellbinding lyricism, Punching the Air tells a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.

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Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains
by Kerri Arsenault

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Kerri Arsenault in Conversation With Megan Labrise

Monday, September 21 @ 5:00 PM


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Kerri Arsenault grew up in the rural working-class town of Mexico, Maine. For over 100 years, the community orbited around a paper mill that employed most townspeople, including three generations of Arsenault’s own family. The mill, while providing livelihoods for nearly everyone, also contributed to the destruction of the environment and the decline of the town’s economic, moral, and emotional health in a slow-moving catastrophe, earning the area the nickname “Cancer Valley.” In Mill Town (St. Martin’s), Arsenault undertakes an excavation of a collective past to present a portrait of a community that illuminates not only the ruin of her hometown and the collapse of the working-class of America, but also the hazards of both living in and leaving home, and the silences we are all afraid to violate. A galvanizing and powerful debut, Mill Town is an American story, a human predicament, and a moral wake-up call that asks: What are we willing to tolerate and whose lives are we willing to sacrifice for our own survival? Arsenault will be joined in conversation in by Megan Labrise, editor-at-large of Kirkus Reviews and host of the Fully Booked podcast.

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Zephyr Teachout & E. J. Dionne, Jr.

Tuesday, September 22 @ 5:00 PM


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Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platform monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged with the former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting in a greater concentration of wealth and power than we've seen since the Gilded Age. Anti-corruption scholar and activist Zephyr Teachout’s Break ‘em Up (All Points Books) is a clarion call for liberals and leftists looking to find a common cause. Teachout makes a compelling case that monopolies are the root cause of many of the issues that today's progressives care about; they drive economic inequality, harm the planet, limit the political power of average citizens, and historically disenfranchised groups bear the brunt of their shameful and irresponsible business practices.

Will progressives and moderates feud while America burns? Or will these natural allies take advantage of the greatest opportunity since the New Deal Era to strengthen American democracy and defeat radical conservatism? In Code Red (St. Martin’s), award-winning journalist E. J. Dionne, Jr., calls for a shared commitment to decency and a politics focused on freedom, fairness, and the future, encouraging progressives and moderates to sustain the unity that brought about Democrat victories in the 2018 elections. He offers a unifying model centered on solving problems, restoring dignity to those left behind, and tackling issues like gun violence, low wages, and health care.

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Lawrence Roberts in Conversation With Barry Johnson

Thursday, September 24 @ 5:00 PM


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They surged into Washington by the tens of thousands in the spring of 1971. Fiery radicals, flower children, and militant vets gathered for the most audacious act in a years-long movement to end America’s war in Vietnam: a blockade of the nation’s capital. And the White House, headed by an increasingly paranoid Richard Nixon, was determined to stop it. Washington journalist Lawrence Roberts, drawing on dozens of interviews, unexplored archives, and newfound White House transcripts, recreates these largely forgotten events through the eyes of dueling characters. Woven into the story too are now-familiar names including John Kerry, Jane Fonda, and Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of the Pentagon Papers. It began with a bombing inside the U.S. Capitol — a still-unsolved case to which Roberts brings new information. To prevent the Mayday Tribe’s guerrilla-style traffic blockade, the government mustered the military. Riot squads swept through the city, arresting more than 12,000 people. As a young female public defender led a thrilling legal battle to free the detainees, Nixon and his men took their first steps down the road to the Watergate scandal and the implosion of the presidency. Robert’s Mayday 1971 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a vivid account of the largest act of civil disobedience in U.S. history. Roberts will be joined in conversation by Barry Johnson, editor and founder of Oregon ArtsWatch.

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Black Brother, Black Brother
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Jewell Parker Rhodes & Kelly McWilliams

Sunday, September 27 @ 2:00 PM


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From award-winning, bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes (Ghost Boys) comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Powerful and emotionally gripping, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.powells.com/book/black-brother-black-brother-9780316493802 ">Black Brother, Black Brother (Little, Brown) is a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and follows one boy's fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice.

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in Kelly McWilliams’s genre-defying new novel, Agnes at the End of the World (Little, Brown).

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The Shadow King
by Maaza Mengiste

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Maaza Mengiste in Conversation With Hannah Giorgis

Wednesday, October 7 @ 6:00 PM


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Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King (W. W. Norton) takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. At its heart is orphaned maid Hirut, who finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. In incandescent, lyrical prose, Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war. Mengiste will be joined in conversation by Hannah Giorgis, culture writer at The Atlantic.

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Liz Crain in Conversation With Marisa McClellan

Tuesday, October 13 @ 6:00 PM


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At once a celebration of culinary diversity and a message of love via dumplings, food writer Liz Crain’s Dumplings Equal Love (Sasquatch) is a bright and innovative cookbook stuffed with traditional and not-so-traditional dumpling recipes — plus recipes for dough and sauces. Internationally, dumplings have always played the dual role of an inexpensive comfort food passed down through generations, and a ceremonial, celebratory festival treat. Whichever way you enjoy them, you can now make your own dumpling memories with Dumplings Equal Love. Rooted in deep cultural respect, steeped in curiosity, and fed by the traditions of families who hold these recipes dear, Crain adapts dumpling recipes from all over the world. Crain will be joined in conversation by Marisa McClellan, author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round.

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Fermentation as Metaphor
by Sandor Ellix Katz

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Sandor Ellix Katz in Conversation With Liz Crain

Friday, October 16 @ 5:00 PM


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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 work, drawing connections between microbial communities and aspects of human culture: politics, religion, social and cultural movements, art, music, sexuality, identity, and even our individual thoughts and feelings. He informs his arguments with his vast knowledge of the fermentation process, which he describes as a slow, gentle, steady, yet unstoppable force for change. Katz will be joined in conversation by Liz Crain, author of Dumplings Equal Love and Food Lover's Guide to Portland.

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Shayla Lawson & Emma Dabiri

Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00 PM


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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 it take to land a Tinder date? Timely, enlightening, and wickedly sharp, This Is Major places black women at the center — no longer silenced, no longer the minority.

From Guardian contributor and prominent BBC race correspondent Emma Dabiri comes Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture (Harper Perennial), a timely and resonant essay collection exploring the ways in which black hair has been appropriated and stigmatized throughout history, with ruminations on body politics, race, pop culture, and Dabiri's own journey to loving her hair. Through the lens of hair texture, Dabiri leads us on a historical and cultural investigation of the global history of racism — and her own personal journey of self-love and finally, acceptance. Deeply researched and powerfully resonant, Twisted proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.

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