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Notable Chicago: 7/21–7/27

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Friday 7/21: Tim Taranto and Suzanne Scanlon will discuss Tim’s new book Ars Botanica at Women & Children First. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 7/22: Visit The Book Cellar to hear Pulitzer winner Jeffrey Gettleman discuss his memoir, Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival

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Notable Portland: 7/20–7/26

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Thursday 7/20: Stephen Holgate reads from his third novel, Tangier, out now from Third Place Books. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Lee Matthew Goldberg reads from his new book, The Mentor. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/19–7/25

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Wednesday 7/19: John Burroughs (aka Jesus Crisis) is a voice to be reckoned with from Cleveland, Ohio, where he founded Crisis Chronicles Press and promotes many poetry events. He is visiting the West Coast for the first time on his 2017 poetry tour.

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This Week in Essays

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In a stunning bit of reportage at Guernica, Lacy M. Johnson looks at the costs of laying nuclear waste to rest, and at the impact doing so has had on one particular St. Louis suburb.

For Nowhere, Hillary Kaylor finds there’s little she can do to help the kids who spend their days scavenging a dump in Cambodia.

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Notable Phildalephia: 7/18–7/24

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Tuesday 7/18: Chasing Windmills Reading Series, featuring: Kate Barss, Faye Chevalier, Derrick Johnson, and Becca Khalil. 7 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub.

PUFF Presents: The Evil Within movie screening. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom, $5.

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This Week In Indie Bookstores

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If you’ve ever wanted to own a bookstore, here’s your chance! Win this Wellsboro, Pennsylvania bookstore.

India’s Oxford Bookstore announced it will be holding its third Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize in 2017, a competition meant to honor book cover designers.

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Stories about Sex Workers, Written by Sex Workers

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Rumpus contributor and BFF Antonia Crane has written an episode for Driven—a web series created by Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott—called “Poppy,” that is centered on authentic representation of sex work. Antonia writes,

This episode is our dream episode because it accurately reflects a sex worker’s story of intimacy and the possibility of contentment with a diverse, trans and queer cast and crew.

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Notable Los Angeles: 7/17–7/23

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Monday 7/17: Jesus Ramirez-Valles discusses and signs Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

90×90 presents: Wirecutter. Celebrate the release of PAPERS with poets Bridgette Bianca, Amanda Wang, and Rebecca Lee, and artist Ana Chaidez.

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Notable Twin Cities: 7/16-7/22

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Sunday 7/16: Marilyn Jess will be signing copies of her book The Divine Comedy 2.0: Revisiting the AfterlifeBarnes & Noble Roseville, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 7/17: Ashley Shelby presents her novel South Pole Station, in conversation with Don Shelby. 

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Notable NYC: 7/15–7/21

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Monday 7/17: Tamara Shopsin presents Arbitrary Stupid Goal and talks with Jason Fulford. Greenlight Fort Greene, 7:30 p.m., free.

Victoria Redel discusses Before Everything with Paul Lisicky. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

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Notable Chicago: 7/14–7/20

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Friday 7/14: Since it was rained-out last time, head to Hollywood Beach for the seventh installment of the CHIMERA reading series! Readers include Robert Carey, Jessica DeArcangelis, and Bréia Kokeb. 7 p.m., donations to Animalia encouraged.    

Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Erika L.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, in a story by Akhil Sharma that will leave you devastated, an Indian woman in an arranged marriage wakes one day to discover that she loves her husband. “If You Sing Like That for Me,” originally published in the Atlantic in 1995, is available this week at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading in conjunction with the release of Sharma’s short story collection, A Life of Adventure and Delight, which collects this story and seven others that focus on the lives of Indian protagonists as they negotiate relationships and the difficulties of the human heart.

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Notable Portland: 7/13–7/19

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Thursday 7/13: Tavern Books is proud to present a bilingual reading by Caroline Wilcox Reul and guests to celebrate the launch of Who Lives, Elisabeth Borchers’s book translated from its original German. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic presents Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner for their monthly reading.

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This Week in Trumplandia

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Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your community, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/12–7/18

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Wednesday 7/12: National Book Award winner Julia Glass (Three Junes) reads from her newest novel, A House Among the Trees. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park.

Thursday 7/13: RADAR Productions collaborates with Nomadic Press to present July’s edition of the Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library.

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This Week in Essays

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“There may be freedom in America but it is not for me.” At Catapult, Kenechi Uzor reminds us that not every immigrant story is an uncomplicated, happy one.

Mallika Rao writes for the Atlantic on the the beloved web series Brown Girls, its coming leap to HBO, and the promise of more complex narratives for people of color.

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Notable Philadelphia: 7/11–7/17

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Tuesday 7/11: Sundrunk: Here & There. Featuring: Alexa Smith, Tamara Oakman, and Jared Levy. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. at Crime & Punishment Brewing.

Wednesday 7/12: Tomgirl: 6.9 with DJ Haram. 10 p.m.–2 a.m. at The Dolphin.

Open Mic hosted by Kelvin Cochrane.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A massive bookstore, The Book Garden, has opened in Iran’s capital city, Tehran.

The Huffington Post takes a look back at the Strand’s ninety years of successful bookselling in New York City.

A Russian bookstore is helping customers learn Chinese.

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Notable Los Angeles: 7/10–7/16

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Monday 7/10: Write Club L.A. presents Chapter 65: The Kids Are Alright. Featuring readings by Sofia Carianna, Spencer Towne, Rebeka Barrera, Annette Barrera, Christian Perfas, and Jacorey Palmer. Hosted by Paula Killen and Justin Wellborn, with Jeff Dorchen. $10–$20/pay what you can.

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