Thursday 4/27: Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during the sixth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. This city-wide event features students from local high schools competing for poetic glory. National and International Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani will host this year’s competition....more
At Granta, Deepti Kapoor’s observations on traveling the world draw her closer to home.
At The Rumpus, Kaylie Jones writes on the ripple effect mental illness has on a family grappling with a loved one’s struggles.
Danielle Jackson traces her literary heritage and the guideposts who helped her along the way for Lit Hub....more
Thirty One years later the lights come back on in Chernobyl (because someone wanted to take pictures).
Let’s all explore Bangkok’s very first and unchanged department store.
Sometimes life is just a Moscow rage room.
Have you ever seen Dali’s Playboy photo shoot?...more
A bookstore on wheels is headed to Baghdad, Iraq, once the literary capital of the Middle East until it was invaded by American forces.
Not content with celebrating Independent Bookstore Day along with the rest of the country, two stores plant to launch Texas Bookstore Day in August....more
Monday 4/24: Jeff Guinn discusses and signs The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore....more
Happy Monday. Life is a nonstop battle against technology sometimes; we’ll back up and running tomorrow morning bright and early....more
Sunday 4/23: Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrator Claudia McGehee, and stream-hunter Mike Osterholm will present their beautiful new picture book Creekfinding. There will also be a signing and reception with refreshments. Red Balloon Bookshop, 3 p.m., free....more
Friday 4/21: Women & Children First welcomes Kay Ulanday Barrett for the Chicago launch party for their poetry collection, When the Chant Comes. Kay will be joined by H. Melt, Francesca Royster, and Darien R. Wendell. 7:30 p.m., free....more
This week, Canadian-British author Alison MacLeod mixes fiction with fact and memoir with metaphysics in a short story about a visit to Sylvia Plath’s grave. At Lit Hub, “Sylvia Wears Pink in the Underworld” takes what could otherwise be an item on a tourist’s agenda or an assignment in a ninth grade English class and transmutes it into a piece of writing that walks the edge of beauty and darkness as it pays homage to one of literature’s most mysterious and tragic celebrities....more
Hope everyone out there is having a chill 4/20, here’s an article about how Hawaii is extra afraid of nuclear attack again.
Let’s all go back to the glory days of the Ontario Quintuplets....more
For Lidia Yuknavitch, the personal is unavoidably political in this piece for Electric Literature.
At Catapult, David Frey writes with moving realness on what it is like to watch a parent age and transition into assisted living.
Jenessa Abrams looks at the nuances of mental illness and the damage of a word like “crazy” here at The Rumpus....more
Sometimes you just need to watch a beaver herd some cows.
Don’t love linking to the Sun, DO love talking about Russia’s secret Arctic base.
As long as we’re staying up North, here are some photos from NASA’s recent aerial survey of the Arctic....more
A Jordanian bookseller opened a 24-hour “Emergency Room for the Mind” that offers life-affirming literature.
One Seattle-area bookstore thinks to the key to success is more competition and is seeking out a neighboring bookstore to open nearby....more
Monday 4/17: SEEfest presents Marjorie Perloff discussing and signing Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire. 7 p.m. at Book Soup....more
Today in this horrifying dystopia we call life: of course someone broadcast a murder on Facebook Live.
“An Ice Scientist’s Worst Nightmare” is my favorite headline of the day.
Sometimes the solution is to build a maze....more
“Deep Heart’s Core: Poetry & Mystery.” Come witness a conversation between poets Katie Donovan and James Lenfestey....more