Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses how the political climate affected the writing of her latest novel, A Book of American Martyrs, how she uses Twitter, and why predictions are a waste of time. ...more
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It might seem especially appropriate that I’m writing about this book while we’re in the midst of another sexual abuse maelstrom involving very powerful men and whoever their eyes chance to light on in a given moment, but really, the fact is that sexual harassment and violence is so common that any moment would have been the right one to talk about Barbara Jane Reyes’s newest book, Invocation to Daughters.
“Every record I make has an archetype. Strange Mercy was Housewives on Pills. St. Vincent was Near-Future Cult Leader. MASSEDUCTION is different, it’s pretty first person. You can’t fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record.” With these words from the new album’s official press release, Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, introduces her newest album, MASSEDUCTION, out now via Loma Vista Recordings.
With help from collaborators including Jenny Lewis and Kamasi Washington, and co-producer Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent crafted the thirteen tracks on her third album from notes, sketches, text messages, and voice memos she’d collected over the last few years. The result is an emotional, autobiographical art-rock trip into the life of one of today’s most talented musicians. (more…)
Tuesday 10/17: Come for the poetry, stay for the gay (a house reading). Featuring Lilith Kulp, Zach Blackwood, Prairie M. Faul, Andrea Kay, Daphne Calhoun, and June Gehringer. 6 p.m. at The Homo Hotel.
We are thrilled to announce our November Book Club selection, Mouths Don’t Speak by Katia D. Ulysse (Akashic Books, January 2018)!
No one was prepared for the massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, taking over a quarter-million lives, and leaving millions more homeless. Three thousand miles away, Jacqueline Florestant mourns the presumed death of her parents, while her husband, a former US Marine and combat veteran, cares for their daughter as he fights his own battles with acute PTSD. Horrified and guilt-ridden, Jacqueline returns to Haiti in search of the proverbial “closure.” Her quest turns into a tornado of deception, desperation, and more death. So, Jacqueline holds tightly to her daughter—the only one who must not die. (more…)
Sunday 10/15: It’s a celebration of Pablo Neruda! Come enjoy a reading and open mic event in honor of the republishing of Pablo Neruda’s debut poetry collection Book of Twilight. Readers will include local poet Greg Watson and others. Common Good Books, 1:30 p.m., free.