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Notable NYC: 6/24–6/30

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Saturday 6/24: Juan Martinez, Jimin Han, and Paul Cohen celebrate debut fiction. Spoonbill & Sugartown, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 6/25: Rob Hill, Omotara James, Meghan E.B. Lin, and Phil Demise Smith celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Newtown Literary.

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Notable Chicago: 6/23–6/29

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Friday 6/23: Jeremy McCarter reads from Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals. Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/24: Head to Volumes Bookcafé for Poetas: Celebrating Latinx Poets. Readers include Vincent Toro, Dr. Grisel Y.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/21–6/27

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Wednesday 6/21: Cuban writer Achy Obejas (The Tower of the Antilles—our June book club pick!), currently Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College, reads from her forthcoming story collection. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Charif Shanahan, Nancy Patrice Davenport, André Le Mont Wilson, Andrew J.

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This Week in Essays

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At Nowhere, Alia Volz takes a long-shot journey to Cuba to tie up loose ends.

For Guernica, Katherina Grace Thomas writes about that time Nina Simone loved and left paradise.

Here at The Rumpus, Alaina Leary considers the painful work of accounting for family possessions under dire circumstances.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Kaitlyn Tiffany tried to buy a Father’s Day gift at Amazon’s new real world store.

A rare bookstore in London, known as a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, has found a new home in a stunning townhouse.

Despite a huge number of new books and voracious readers, Japan’s bookstores keep closing.

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Notable Los Angeles: 6/19–6/25

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Monday 6/19: Tom Stern discusses and signs My Vanishing Twin. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Venice-based musicians and artists k-blamo and Sacramento author Maureen O’Leary in their performance The Ghost Daughter: The Shaker of Truth, and a reading of The Ghost Daughter.

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Notable Twin Cities: 6/18–6/24

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Sunday 6/18: Dr. Joanne Cacciatore will present her new book Bearing the UnbearableMagers & Quinn Booksellers, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 6/19: Elin Hilderbrand will be discussing her novel The Identicals and signing copies. Barnes & Noble Edina, 7 p.m., free.

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Notable NYC: 6/17–6/23

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Sunday 6/18: Sherman Alexie presents his memoir You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. WORD Jersey City, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 6/19: Arundhati Roy presents The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. BAM, 7:30 p.m., $25.

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Notable Chicago: 6/16–6/22

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Friday 6/16: Visit Women & Children First to Celebrate the launch of Sharon Solwitz’s Once, In Lourdes with a conversation between Sharon and local author S. L. Wisenberg. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/18: Don’t miss Chicago Pride Fest (not to be confused with the parade next week) in Boystown!

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This Week in Short Fiction

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We’re halfway through June, and though the first day of summer isn’t technically until June 21, I think we can all agree that we’re well into the sweltering season. This week’s story captures those quintessential staples of summer—swimming pools, soft serve, bike rides, frozen Capri Suns—but it’s no typical poolside read.

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Notable Portland: 6/15–6/21

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Thursday 6/15: Kick off Pride month with a queer poetry takeover! This open mic generally happens on the third Thursday of every month. Devil’s Den, 6:30 p.m., free.

Geraldine DeRuiter reads from her new memoir, All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/14–6/20

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Wednesday 6/14: Alex Dimitrov (Together and By Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press) and Randall Mann (Proprietary: Poems, Persea Press). Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.

Christopher Bernard presents his new book Chien Lunatique, along with poets Keith Ekiss and Clara Hsu.

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Notable Los Angeles: 6/12–6/18

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Monday 6/12: Lou Cove, with Joel Stein, discusses and signs Man of the Year: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text live podcast recording. This episode will be a deep dive into Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11: The Firebolt.

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Notable Twin Cities: 6/11-6/17

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Monday 6/12: Dani Shapiro will present her new memoir, HourglassMagers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/13: Check out the June Books & Bars! It’s a live performance and discussion centering around a monthly book, plus beer, and this month’s book is Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

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Notable NYC: 6/10–6/16

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Saturday 6/10: Katie Kitamura and others join AmpLit Fest. Pier i, West 70th Street, Noon, Free.

Sunday 6/11: Hafizah Geter, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, Lara Mimosa Montes, Cathy Linh Che, Lucas De Lima, and Carly Joy Miller join the Dead Rabbits Reading Series.

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