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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, C Pam Zhang has a flash fiction story at The Offing that is maybe about vampires but probably about girls, Chinese girls in particular. “Are They Vampires, or Are They Just Chinese?” is written in five brief paragraphs of atmospheric prose that is beautiful and barbed at the same time, like cotton candy wrapped around a railroad spike, or like girls.

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Notable Chicago: 2/10–2/16

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Friday 2/10: The Odes for You tour, featuring Shira Erlichman and Angel Nafis, comes to Women & Children First! 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/11: Sho Sugita reads from his translation of Spiral Staircase, the first definitive volume of Hirato Renkichi’s poems to appear in English.

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Notable Portland: 2/9–2/15

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Thursday 2/9: Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams and The Gin Closet, reads from her latest work for the Reed College Visiting Writers Series. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

In fraught times, AK Press comes forward with a launch reading for its latest release, Against the Fascist Creep.

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The Real Lives of Working Writers

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Bestselling and award-winning writers Danielle Trussoni and Walter Kirn host the Writerly podcast, a weekly discussion of all things pertaining to the real lives of working writers. From getting and firing an agent, to book publicity, to contracts, to working with an editor, to writing your first draft—Writerly will cover it all.

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Notable San Francisco: 2/8–2/14

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Wednesday 2/8: Poet Brandon Brown reads. Free, 7:30 p.m., Moe’s Books.

Thursday 2/9: Adam Hochschild, National Book Award Finalist. Free, 5 p.m., Morrison Libray at UC Berkeley.

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This Week in Essays

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Austin Gilkeson writes at Catapult about holding on to and savoring that which is easily taken for granted as he loses hearing in one ear and waits for the other to go.

For West Magazine, Laine Bruzek describes how living under constant threat potential takes it toll on many women, even when what happens seems small.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Emma Straub has been named Independent Bookstore Day ambassador. Author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, Straub worked at the recently closed BookCourt in Brooklyn, and plans to open her own store nearby.

Omnivore Books, a San Francisco cookbook store, is resisting Trump’s ban on Muslims by celebrating cookbooks from the banned regions.

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Introducing the Rumpus Advisory Board

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When we shared our exciting news about The Rumpus’s future last month, I mentioned that we’d create an advisory board to help us guide the site forward. The function of the advisory board is to help when we have questions or need a sounding board for new ideas, to serve as role models for us, and to support us as we try to achieve our goals: a commitment to ongoing resistance of the Trump administration, a commitment to continuing paying writers and to increase those payments to a standard industry rate, a commitment to increase our coverage of small presses and indie authors and to continue giving a platform to new voices who might not otherwise find one.

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Notable Los Angeles: 2/6–2/12

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Monday 2/6: Len Vlahos presents Life in a Fishbowl and Leah Thomas presents Nowhere Near You. 6:30 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Greg Palast discusses and signs The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, shaky cultural bridges are strengthened through mourning in Lito Velázquez’s Saturday Essay, “A Taste of Something, Slowly Over Time.”

Then, Brandon Hicks offers an illustrated early Valentine’s Day treat: true love and eternal happiness is churned out in the automated romantic experience of a lifetime.

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Notable Twin Cities: 2/5–2/11

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Monday 2/5: Button Poetry Live convenes at Camp Bar again for a night of electric spoken word. Hosted by Neil Hilborn featuring poet Omar Holmon, this event includes a free, pre-show workshop next door at Keys Cafe & Bakery at 6 p.m.

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Notable NYC: 2/4–2/10

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Saturday 2/4: John Domini and Carole Firstman celebrate releases from Dzanc Books. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Cecilia Corrigan and Wendy Trevino join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 2/5: Chelsea Hodson, Gregory Zorko, Sarah Jean Grimm, Liz Bowen, Georgia Faust, and Amanda Dissinger read poetry.

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Notable Chicago: 2/3–2/9

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Friday 2/3: Visit The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of How to Break a Boy, a debut young adult novel by local author Laurie Devore. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/4: Carolyn Marie Wilkins discusses Mojo for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery Vol.

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Notable Portland: 2/2–2/8

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Thursday 2/2: Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host a reading and lecture on the music that shines through the eras, “The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues.’” Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Local author Deni Starr reads from her new book, Below the Belt.

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Call for Submissions: New Rumpus Series on Immigration

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Torch: Stories of America is a series devoted to showcasing personal essays, interviews, and art about immigrant and refugee experiences. Edited by Arielle Bernstein, and featuring the work of diverse writers from around the globe, Torch aims to shatter stereotypes and encourage greater understanding and empathy in a world where immigrant and refugee communities are often misunderstood and marginalized.

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Notable San Francisco: 2/1–2/7

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Wednesday 2/1: Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and sculptor Murray Dewart (co-authors of Poems About Scultpure). Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books.

Otessa Moshfegh reads from her first collection Homesick for Another World. Free, 7:30–9 p.m., The Booksmith.

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This Week in Essays

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Last week was horrible and you need a laugh. Read Kate Washington’s imagined revolutionary National Parks meeting at McSweeney’s.

For Longreads, Anjali Enjeti tackles her perceived outsider status, even as a first-generation American-born citizen.

Read Davey Davis’s compelling dissection of the body horror genre here at The Rumpus.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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An eight-time Jeopardy! winner is turning the cash into his dream: a bookstore.

City Lights in San Francisco is offering up a special section featuring resistance literature.

Bookstores in Washington, DC supported the Women’s March and hosted events through inauguration weekend.

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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It’s hard to find the balance between not letting this column get over taken by anger with the world and our new administration and not wanting to look like I have my blinders on. Thank you for your patience while I try and figure it out.

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AWP 2017 Offsite: Write Together, Fight Together

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Don’t miss our 2017 AWP offsite event, co-hosted with Barrelhouse, Catapult, and Lit Hub!

Write Together, Fight Together will include readings from: Jericho Brown, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, and Sarah Sweeney, to be followed by music and dancing. Free admission, February 9, 2017, doors at 6:30 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m.

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