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Notable Portland: 4/27–5/3

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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.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/26–5/2

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Wednesday 4/26: Notable Spanish writer Andrés Barba is promoting the publication of Lisa Dillman’s translation of his novel Such Small Hands. This translation is the inaugural publication of Transit Books, a nonprofit publisher of international and American literature based in Oakland.

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This Week in Essays

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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.

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Notable Philadelphia: 4/25–5/1

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Tuesday 4/25: April Sours Bring May Flowers. Sour beer tasting. 7 p.m. at Jose Pistola’s.

Yoga in the Park. 12 p.m. at Dilworth Park.

Wednesday 4/26: Maggie Nelson reads for the Bryn Mawr Reading Series. 7:30 p.m.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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.

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Notable Los Angeles: 4/24–4/30

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Monday 4/24: Jeff Guinn discusses and signs The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 4/25: Ed Rucker discusses and signs his thriller The Inevitable Witness. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

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Notable Twin Cities: 4/23–4/29

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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.

Monday 4/24: Poet Chris Santiago will be reading from his collection Tula to celebrate National Poetry Month. 

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Notable NYC: 4/22–4/28

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Saturday 4/22: Mara Helal and Jeremy Sigler join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/23: Donald Nicholson-Smith and Emma Ramadan present Abdellatif Laâbi’s In Praise of Defeat, translated from the French. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 5 p.m., free.

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Notable Chicago: 4/21–4/27

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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.

Sunday 4/23: Women & Children First hosts young adult authors Brittany Cavallaro, Jilly Gagnon, and Stephanie Strohm for a panel discussion on complicated relationships in young adult literature.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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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.

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Notable Portland: 4/20–4/26

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Thursday 4/20: One of Portland’s most beloved writing groups, The Guttery, reads together for the public. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

The Comma Reading Series presents authors Melissa Madenski and Christine Colasurdo to read from their latest works. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 4/19–4/25

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Wednesday 4/19: Lyrics & Dirges presents “Spring in Translation: Poets on Translation,” featuring Norma Cole, Javier O. Huerta, Alex Cigale, Arceli, Terry Taplin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley.

Marcy Dermansky discusses her new book, The Red Car, with Daniel Handler.

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This Week in Essays

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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.

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Notable Philadelphia: 4/18–4/24

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Tuesday 4/18: Rasheedah Phillips reads from her new novella, The Telescoping Effect, Pt. 1. 7 p.m. at The Wooden Shoe.

Dark Night: Philadelphia Premiere with Tim Sutton in attendance. 7:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Wednesday 4/19: Secret Cinema: Famous Films 2017.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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.

Bucharest, Romania is getting two new bookstores.

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Notable Los Angeles: 4/17–4/23

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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.

Tuesday 4/18: Daniel Suarez discusses and signs Change Agent. 6:30 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

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Notable Twin Cities: 4/16-4/22

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Monday 4/17: Prince it up: Jim Walsh will discuss his book Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ‘90s, and share memories of Prince and Paisley Park. Chanhassen Library, 6:30 p.m., free.

“Deep Heart’s Core: Poetry & Mystery.” Come witness a conversation between poets Katie Donovan and James Lenfestey. 

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Notable NYC: 4/15–4/31

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Saturday 4/15: Protest in support of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns. Bryant Park, 1 p.m., free.

Thom Donovan and Marissa Perel join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/16: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mahogany Browne, and Jive Poetic read poetry.

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