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Notable Twin Cities: 3/12–3/18

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Monday 3/13: At Magers & Quinn, novelist Nickolas Butler reads from his newest work, The Hearts of Men. 7 p.m., free.

Over at Subtext books, you can find another perspective on masculinity. Robert Jensen will present The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.

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Notable NYC: 3/11–3/17

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Saturday 3/11: Carolyn Hembree, Neil Shepard, and Terese Svoboda read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Chris Tysh and Cole Swensen join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 3/12: Joshua Mohr discusses his memoir Sirens with Charles Bock.

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Notable Chicago: 3/10–3/16

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Friday 3/10: The Poetry Foundation Hosts the National Youth Poet Laureate Convocation featuring Jacqueline Woodson, who was named Young People’s Poet Laureate in 2015. The finalists, Hajjar Baban, Nkosi Nkululeko, Andrew White, Amanda Gorman, and Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, will read from their work.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, a short story collection written by an author in North Korea and smuggled across its borders is reaching readers in North America. The Accusation is the first known story collection written by an author still living inside the totalitarian state to have escaped its iron curtain, and it is now being published across the globe.

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Notable Portland: 3/9–3/15

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Thursday 3/9: Portland State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies Department hosts Frida-Fest in celebration of Frida Kahlo. Activities will including showing a documentary on Frida’s life, a poetry slam open mic, a photo booth, and fun political postcards. Casa Latina Student Center, 4 p.m., free.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/8–3/14

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Wednesday 3/8: The Museum of the African Diaspora, as part of their current exhibition Where Is Here (curated by Jacquelyn Francis and Kathy Zarur), celebrate International Women’s Day with a discussion featuring mixed media and installation artist Asya Abdrahman and writers Faith Adiele and Tonya M.

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This Week in Essays

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Happy International Women’s Day! Why not read some essays if you have extra time today, starting with Dayna Tortorici laying out the reasons for striking today at n + 1.

Timothy Denevi ventured to CPAC and got a front row seat to the banality of evil for Lit Hub.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Loganberry Books in Cleveland, Ohio is drawing attention to female authors by turning books by men around on the shelves, leaving the books pages out to hide the spine.

A Pittsburgh bookstore is providing a home to books by writers in exile, drawing attention to the authors’ works.

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Notable Los Angeles: 3/6–3/12

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Lambda Literary Festival kicks off a week-long series of events celebrating contemporary, diverse voices in SoCal! All of them are free and open to the public. We’ve included some highlights here, but for the full list go to their website.

Monday 3/6: Erika Lewis discusses and signs Game of Shadows.

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Notable NYC: 3/4–3/10

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Saturday 3/4: Peter Blackstock, senior editor at Grove Atlantic, curates Queer as Volk as part of the Festival Neue Literatur. Powerhouse Arena, 6 p.m, free.

Timothy Liu and Christopher Salerno launch new books of poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, the bimonthly magazine of international literature World Literature Today released its March 2017 issue, with the timely theme “Dystopian Visions.” The issue features thirteen writers’ dark speculations on the future, crossing the globe from Cuba to Japan. In this time in the United States when dystopian fiction isn’t seeming quite so fictional anymore, the international voices contained in this issue are illuminating and chilling, highlighting themes of autocracy, bureaucracy, government rhetoric, and class stratification, to name a few.

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Notable Chicago: 3/3–3/9

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Friday 3/3: Visit Women & Children First for an evening of poetry with Ari Banias, Lara Mimosa Montes, Erika Sanchez, and T Clutch Fleischmann. 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/5:  As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill.

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Notable Portland: 3/2–3/8

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Thursday 3/2: Join Alex Chiu, Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Jacon Sturgill, Erin Nations, and others for the launch of the seventh issue of Vision Quest, Portland’s free comic newspaper. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.

Robin Coste Lewis reads from her latest book, Voyage of the Sable Venus.

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Notable San Francisco: 3/1–3/7

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Wednesday 3/1: Journalist L.A. Kauffman, (The Nation, Mother Jones, The Baffler, etc.) reads from Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.

Poet Kendra Tanacea launches her debut collection, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, from Lost Horse Press.

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Notable Los Angeles: 2/27–3/5

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Monday 2/27: Tim Dorsey discusses and signs Clownfish Blues. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

ALOUD presents An Evening with George Saunders. The author discusses his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, in conversation with author Anthony Marra.

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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Computer I love you, but you’re bringing me down (we’re experiencing technical issues at DWMC and will be back as soon as we can sort things out).

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Notable Twin Cities: 2/26–3/4

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Sunday 2/26: Writer, teacher, and artist Wendy Brown-Baez will read with special guests at the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts. 2 p.m., free.

Monday 2/27: Poet Kao Kaila Yang will feature for the Club Book reading series at Rum River Library in Anoka.

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Notable NYC: 2/25–3/3

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Saturday 2/25: Christian Hawkey and Himanshu Suri join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Emily Brandt and Ali Power join the SOLO reading series. Wendy’s Subway, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/26: Nicole Steinberg celebrates the release of Glass Actress with Niina Pollari, Sarah Jean Grimm, and Esther Lin.

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Notable Portland: 2/23–3/1

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Thursday 2/23: Celebrate the launch of Mercy Strongheart’s debut novel, A Boy Named Trout, with a live reading complete with snacks and beverages. 20% of book sales will go to the p:ear gallery. p:ear, 6:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a free writing sampler on women writing for (a) change.

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