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Notable Los Angeles: 1/23–1/29

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Tuesday 1/24: Brad Schreiber reads from and signs Revolution’s End. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

The Atlantic‘s James Hamblin presents his new book If Our Bodies Could Talk, joined in conversation with illustrator Hallie Bateman. 7:30 p.m.

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Weekend Roundup Rumpus

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First, in the Saturday Essay, the search for love winds through cities and settles in unexpected spaces in Meghan O’Dea’s “Everything We Ever Needed.”

Meanwhile, our very own Comics Editor Brandon Hicks shares “three things” from his drawing table in “Triple Bill.”

Finally, Sunday Rumpus Poetry celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks’s centennial with four poems from Revise the Psalm, a newly published collection of Brooks’s work, life, and activism edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku.

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Notable Twin Cities: 1/22–1/28

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Tuesday 1/24: Check out this month’s installment of the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts. Featured readers include Anya Johanna DeNiro, Roy G. Guzmán, Dua Saleh, and Nghiem Tran. 7:30 p.m., free.

At Amsterdam Bar and Hall, author Jim Walsh will read from his new book Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s.

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Notable NYC: 1/21–1/27

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Saturday 1/21: Women’s March on New York City. Resist. On Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St and 2nd Ave, 11 am, free.

Eléna River, Ryan Collerd, and Carol Snow discuss works of poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Mahogany L Browne, Purvi Shah, and Lauren Whitehead join the Segue Series.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, a new Maggie Shipstead story at Virginia Quarterly Review explores love, infidelity, and the ways life can slip from under your feet like an avalanche. Bonus: there is also a literal avalanche. The story, “Backcountry,” follows a twenty-five-year-old ski instructor named Ingrid (#1 baby name for future ski instructors) who meets a fifty-plus-year-old married (he tells Ingrid he’s divorced) man with big dreams of building a ski resort on a nearby mountain.

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Notable Chicago: 1/20–1/26

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Friday 1/20: Protest your ass off here, here, or really anywhere. Be safe and take care of each other.

Then visit Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Fail Better by Beyza Ozer and I Am Heavy w/ Feeling by Alexis Pope and Joshua Young.

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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Look I don’t want to exaggerate, or seem like a whiner, but today is a bleak day in American history. We’re taking a day off over here. We encourage you to donate to causes that are near and dear to you, to read something radical, to hold each other close, and to gather your strength for the long dark times ahead.

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Notable Portland: 1/19–1/25

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Thursday 1/19: Celebrate at the press party for the January edition of PQ Monthly. Scandals, 5 p.m., free.

Experience the long-awaited showdown between Portland’s two most active slam-poetry scenes: Slamlandia vs. Portland Poetry Slam! Hosted by Robyn Bateman, this face-off will feature Nikki Burian, Kojo, Jill Greenseth, and Clementine Von Radics representing the Portland Poetry Slam and Jane Belinda, Jamie Mortara, Josselyn Haldeman, and TK Layman representing Slamlandia.

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Notable San Francisco: 1/18–1/24

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Wednesday 1/18: Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library present “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump” with readings by Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Alejandro Murguia, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, and T.

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This Week in Essays

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At Real LifeEmma Healey makes a well-stated case for why Periscope’s Couch Mode may be the escape we all need.

Ijeoma Oluo has written an important essay on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for The Establishment.

In our troubling present reality, we should all fight out of love like Joy Ellison, who shares their experience in Palestine at Story Club Magazine.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Seattle readers apparently like to drink while browsing for books.

13 million Italians live in municipalities without a bookstore.

The LA Times attempts to figure out what Amazon’s first store in New York City will mean for the Strand.

Seoul, South Korea, now has an employee-free bookstore.

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Notable Los Angeles: 1/16–1/22

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Monday 1/16: It’s MLK Day. Take some time today to read one of those fancy new books you bought.

Tuesday 1/17: Gregg Hurwitz discusses and signs his new thriller The Nowhere Man. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

David Lida discusses and signs One Life, in conversation with Alex Espinoza.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Byron F. Aspaas bares his slowly healing scars of communities lost before they were found and countries-turned-battlefields to remind us that our transformations into our true selves are never complete.

And the Rumpus Inaugural Poems project continues on this last weekend of freedom with “& who , this time” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and two poems, “horror movie pitch” and “horror movie pitch 2,” by Eve L.

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Notable Twin Cities: 1/15–1/22

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Sunday 1/15: Catch journalist Wesley Lowery at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Lowry reported from Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, where he was arrested. He’ll be discussing his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.

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Notable NYC: 1/14–1/20

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Saturday 1/14: Carol Becker, Luisa Greenfield, Akil Kirlew, Caroline Koebel, Mark Roth, Morgan O’Hara, and Rachel Stevens celebrate the release of the latest issue of ELSE Journal. Powerhouse, 6 p.m., free.

Carrie Bennett, Aimee Harrison, Marco Maisto, Kevin Mclellan, and Travis A.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, rising voice Emma Horwitz writes about teenage girls looking for some under-the-pants action (if you know what I mean (I’m talking about fingering)) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Horwitz’s story, appropriately titled “Fingering,” is a welcome and refreshing addition to the small range of narratives that show teenage girls as the single-minded, sex-mad creatures they sometimes are, because high sex drives aren’t just for boys, you know.

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Notable Chicago: 1/13–1/19

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Saturday 1/14: David Mitchell discusses his debut novel We Hold These Truths with Dave Baron, author of Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community in the Indiana Dunes. The authors will address the intertwining issues explored by their books. 57th Street Books, free.

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Notable Portland: 1/12–1/18

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Friday 1/13: Franz Nicolay reads from his anarcho-leftist memoir debut, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control and is joined afterwards in conversation by Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 1/11–1/17

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Wednesday 1/11: Passages on the Lake (hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts) presents Daphne Gottlieb, Sonya Renee Taylor, Tracey Knapp, Derrick Carr, and Haldane King. Free, 7 p.m., The Terrace Room.

Shanthi Sekaran (The Prayer Room) reads from her new novel, Lucky Boy.

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