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Notable Los Angeles: 3/27–4/2

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Monday 3/27: Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs In This Grave Hour. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 3/28: William Daniels discusses and signs There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others.

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Notable Twin Cities: 3/26–4/1

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Sunday 3/26: Check out some rad writers on the topic of food: More Than a Single Story: Reclaiming Our Food. Carolyn Holbrook moderates panel of writers and community leaders as they discuss the colonization and commodification of food. Panelists include Pakou Hang, LaDonna Redmond, Princess Titus, and Diane Wilson.

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Notable NYC: 3/25–3/31

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Saturday 3/25: Lucy Ives and Lila Zemborain join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 3/26: Ariena Reines, Lauren Hilger, T Kira Madden, Rachel Aydt, and Meghan Trask Smith join the Pigeon Pages, hosted by Allison Wood. Powerhouse Arena, 4:30 p.m., free.

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Notable Chicago: 3/24–3/30

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Friday 3/24: The Conversation series at Women & Children First continues with this week’s theme, On Being American: Identity & Belonging Under a Hostile Regime. This edition will feature Boris Fishman, Cristina Henriquez, Erika L. Sanchez, the artist Riva Lehrer, and Zoe Zolbrod.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, a woman mysteriously becomes pregnant with a lizard egg in a short story at Guernica that is weird, funny, and surprisingly sweet. By Benjamin Schaefer, Prose Editor of Fairy Tale Review, “Lizard-Baby” explores themes of motherhood, difference, and community, and all through the fresh new lens of immaculate lizard-birth.

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This Week in Essays: Whiting Awards Edition

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The 2017 Whiting Award winners were announced today. The award gives ten emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry a significant cash infusion ($50,000). Previous award winners include Jeffrey Eugenides, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Mary Karr, and Elif Batuman. 

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Notable San Francisco: 3/22–3/28

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Wednesday 3/22: Kick off spring 2017 with an unusually large array of choices for a Wednesday night:

Graham Foust is featured at the Holloway Reading Series at the University of California, Berkeley. Free, 6:30 p.m., Hearst Field Annex, Room D37, UCB.

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Notable Philadelphia: 3/21–3/27

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Tuesday 3/21: Movie Screening, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom, Doors at 7:15 p.m., $4.

Science After-Hours: Cosmos. 7 p.m.–10 p.m., The Franklin Institute, $20 for non-members, $15 for members.

Jason Paul & the Know It Alls, the Whips, Ruby Buff, and Little Kicks.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Notable Los Angeles: 3/20–3/26

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Monday 3/20: Marc Eliot in conversation with Fraser Heston discusses and signs Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 3/21: Melissa Scrivner Love discusses and signs Lola. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lisa See discusses and signs The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

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Notable Twin Cities: 3/19–3/25

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Sunday 3/19: Start your week right at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (right around the corner from Birchbark Books) with debut Anishinaabe novelists Marcie Rendon and Carter Meland. They’ll read from their work, with a reception and signing to follow.

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Notable NYC: 3/18–3/24

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Saturday 3/18: Lisa Robertson and Uljana Wolf join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 3/19: Michelle Hogmire, Edward Barkin, Claudia Summers, and Matt Basillere celebrate contributions to KGB Bar Lit. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Ariel Francisco, Sally Wen Mao, Jayson P.

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Notable Chicago: 3/17–3/23

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Friday 3/17: Visit Women & Children First for an evening of poetry with Nickole Brown! Nickole will be joined by local poets Simone Muench, and Mark Turcotte. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/18: The Bruise #2 will have stop motion, essays, projection, poems, and more.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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At Catapult, Arielle Robbins writes a powerful story of coping with the legacy of sexual abuse. “From the Abuse Survivor’s Workbook” delivers the story, as the title suggests, in segments from the guided-journaling workbook sometimes prescribed as part of therapy, offering glimpses into the memories, anxieties, and daily life of the story’s survivor, Brie.

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Notable Portland: 3/16–3/22

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Thursday 3/16: Looking to discuss fascinating articles you’ve reading in a magazine or online site? Join Portland’s new Article’s Club—like a book club but with articles found in places like Vogue or the Atlantic. The Perlene, 6:30 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/15–3/21

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Wednesday 3/15: Paul LaFarge (The Night Ocean) is interviewed by Daniel Handler. Fans of H. P. Lovecraft will be intrigued. Free, 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park .

Joan Frank (All the News I Need, winner of the Juniper Prize for Fiction) is interviewed by Peg Alford Purcell.

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This Week in Essays

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Jordan Ritter Conn tells a devastating story about a group of people connected around the Pulse nightclub shooting for The Ringer. [Note: gun violence, descriptions of the attack.]

Could gondolas be the next frontier for public transportation? Duncan Geere’s informative piece explores the possibilities at How We Get To Next.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Bookstores are getting more political because of Trump.

And as it turns out, getting political is pretty good for business.

Facebook deleted and then restored an Oak Park, Michigan bookstore’s page over a stray copyright claim.

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Notable Los Angeles: 3/13–3/19

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Monday 3/13: Ryan Ruby, with Natasha Vargas-Cooper, discusses and signs The Zero and the One. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Chen Chen reading and signing When I Grow up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities.

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