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Notable NYC: 5/27–6/2

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Saturday 5/27: Hossannah Asuncion and Che Gossett join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Tuesday 5/30: Samantha Irby presents her new essay collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (our May Book Club selection). Housing Works, 7 p.m., $20.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, a story at Smokelong Quarterly instructs us on how to become a new person. The title of Rebecca Bernard’s story, “How to Be Another Person in Five Days,” plays humorously with the trope of familiar self-help programs and fad diets that promise a “new you” in x amount of time, but the story itself is anything but light and fluffy.

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Notable Portland: 5/25–5/31

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Thursday 5/25: Claire Dederer reads from her latest memoir, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Walt Gragg reads from his new book, The Red Line. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/24–5/30

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Wednesday 5/24: David Brazil celebrates the release of Holy Ghost, his  third full-length collection. He will be in conversation with Julien Poirier, co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Claire Dederer (Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses) celebrates the release of Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning, in conversation with Peggy Orenstein.

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This Week in Essays

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When Sandra A. Miller’s sister gets cancer, the family looks to their similar sense of humor as a way to power through in an essay on Literal Latte.

Here at The Rumpus, Leslie Jill Patterson looks at the unprecedented action on death row in Arkansas and the ways we try to reassure ourselves in matters of state-sanctioned murder.

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Notable Philadelphia: 5/23–5/29

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Tuesday 5/23: Shitty Energies Be Gone: A Chapbook Release Party for What Urge Will Save Us by Alina Pleskova. Featuring: Emma Sanders, Juliana Reyes, Amy Saul-Zerby, Nicole Steinberg, Faye Chevalier, and more. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage.

CommonSpace Live: Battlescars Story Slam.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore display for Ivanka Trump’s new book was rearranged to more accurately reflect the first daughter.

California legislators might amend a fraudulent memorabilia law championed by Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill in order to allow authors to sign their books.

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Call for Rumpus Readers Report: “The New Patriot”

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We’re hungry for more writing from Rumpus readers, so we’re now accepting submissions for our next Readers Report!

Through the month of July, we’ll be looking at what it does and doesn’t mean to be a patriot. So this time around, we’re asking you to tackle the theme “The New Patriot.”

Please send your submissions, maximum 400 words, to Susan Clements at silentjoy2001 AT yahoo.com.

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Notable Los Angeles: 5/22–5/28

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Monday 5/22: CB Lee and Sarah Kuhn join together for a reading, signing, and panel discussion. 3:30 p.m. at Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.

Laini Giles discusses and signs The It Girl and Me: A Novel of Clara Bow. 7 p.m.

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Notable Twin Cities: 5/21-5/27

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Sunday 5/21: Diane Keyes will be signing copies of her memoir To Wendy’s with Love: The 22-year LunchBarnes and Noble Roseville, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 5/22: Milkweed Editions is celebrating the launch of Dalia Rosenfeld’s debut collection of stories, The Worlds We Think We Know

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Notable NYC: 5/20–5/26

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Saturday 5/20: Mohammad Rabie and Mona Kareem discuss Otared: Arabic Dystopian Fiction. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.

Vivien Goldman and Sarada Rauch join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 5/21: Tobias Carroll, Julia Strayer, Bruna Dantas Lobato, M’Bilia Meekers, and Piper Weiss join the Pigeon Pages reading series.

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Notable Chicago: 5/19–5/25

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Friday 5/19: Emil Ferris reads from My Favorite Thing Is Monsters at Women & Children First. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/20: Join Chicago historical mystery writers Susanna Calkins, Cheryl Honigford, Michelle Cox, and D.M. Pirrone, as they gather for a lively panel discussion about their work and all things mystery!

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Notable Portland: 5/18–5/24

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Thursday 5/18: Sung Yim and Kate Jayroe read from their latest work. Daedalus Books, 7 p.m., free.

The Comma Reading Series presents Penelope Scambly Schott and Marjorie Sandor as they read from their latest work. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 5/17–5/23

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If you can make only one event this week, don’t miss the Oakland Book Festival on Sunday, 5/21. This all-day festival features more than 100 writers, 50 panels, and lots of tabling and networking. And, The Rumpus will be there!

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