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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A massive bookstore, The Book Garden, has opened in Iran’s capital city, Tehran.

The Huffington Post takes a look back at the Strand’s ninety years of successful bookselling in New York City.

A Russian bookstore is helping customers learn Chinese.

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Notable Los Angeles: 7/10–7/16

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Monday 7/10: Write Club L.A. presents Chapter 65: The Kids Are Alright. Featuring readings by Sofia Carianna, Spencer Towne, Rebeka Barrera, Annette Barrera, Christian Perfas, and Jacorey Palmer. Hosted by Paula Killen and Justin Wellborn, with Jeff Dorchen. $10–$20/pay what you can.

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Notable Twin Cities: 7/9-7/15

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Sunday 7/9: Carolyn Porter will be signing copies of her book Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s FateBarnes and Noble Roseville, 2 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/11: It’s Books & Bars! Join the monthly book discussion and live show; July’s featured book is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. 

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Notable NYC: 7/8–7/14

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Sunday 7/9: Rachel Lyon, Gordon Harber, Chanice Hughes-Greenberg, and host Madeline Stevens join Sundays at Erv’s. Erv’s, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 7/10: Jami Attenberg, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Courtney Maum, Elizabeth Crane, Paul Lynch, and Chiwan Choi join the Franklin Park reading series.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, the latest issue of Gulf Coast has a new Carmen Maria Machado short story about body acceptance—or, rather, the opposite. In “Eight Bites,” a woman decides to undergo gastric bypass surgery after her three formerly fat sisters have it done, drop the pounds, and claim ultimate happiness and freedom as a result.

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Notable San Francisco: 7/5–7/11

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Wednesday 7/5: It’s summer, the days are long and warm, and it’s a nice time of year to drive a bit further afield for literary adventure. Tonight, you can travel down the Peninsula to the legendary Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park to hear novelist Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore.

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Notable Philadelphia: 7/4–7/10

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Tuesday 7/4: “What to the Slave Is the 4th of July” Serve the People BBQ & Potluck. 2 p.m. at Malcolm X Park.

Wednesday 7/5: Trainspotting & Trainspotting 2. 7 p.m. at The Trocadero.

Parks on Tap: Shofuso Japanese House & Garden.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The Guardian looks at how an Australian feminist bookstore took on MRA trolls.

Two Dollar Radio, a Columbus-based independent publisher, plans to open a bookstore.

A community bookstore in Amman, Jordan that charged a pay-what-you-can fee for books nearly went bankrupt, but was saved by crowdfunding from around the world.

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Readers Report: The New Patriot

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A collection of short pieces written by Rumpus readers pertaining to the subject of “The New Patriot.” ...more

Notable Los Angeles: 7/3–7/9

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Wednesday 7/5: Literary Pachanga presents Jesus Tevino, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, and Christine Granados. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 7/6: William Daniels discusses and signs There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr.

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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We here at MC are taking a long weekend in honor of the holiday. Remember that no matter what people say there are few things more patriotic than dissent. 

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Notable Twin Cities: 7/2–7/8

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Sunday 7/2: It’s Button Poetry at Icehouse! Come enjoy a night of poetry performances featuring Natasha T. Miller, Jared Singer, Bernard Ferguson, and Avalon Moon. Icehouse, 7 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Monday 7/3: Button Poetry Live is a monthly poetry showcase.

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Notable NYC: 7/1–7/7

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Sunday 7/2: Jennifer Soong, Rawaan Alkhatib, and Sara Deniz Akant present books from Futurepoem. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 3 p.m., free.

Tuesday 7/4: Macy’s launches fireworks. East River – Midtown, Sunset, Free.

Thursday 7/6: Scaachi Koul presents One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.

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Notable Chicago: 6/30–7/6

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Friday 6/30: Head to Hollywood Beach for the seventh installment of the CHIMERA reading series! Readers include Robert Carey, Jessica DeArcangelis, and Bréia Kokeb. 7 p.m., donations to Animalia encouraged.

Wednesday 7/5: Women & Children First celebrates the paperback tour of Terry Tempest Williams’s The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, the online interdisciplinary project 7×7 has new work by Janice Lee, author of The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016).  7×7’s unique format pairs a writer and a visual artist to engage in a two-week long collaboration in the mode of the exquisite corpse games of the Surrealists.

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The Belladonna Variety Hour (and a Half)

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What are you doing this Saturday at 8 p.m.? The Belladonna—a new comedy and satire site by women, for everyone—is going analog at the PIT Loft in NYC with standup, sketches, and readings.

Hosted by Funny Women Editor Elissa Bassist, the show’s lineup includes The Belladona’s co-founders: Caitlin KunkelBrooke PrestonFiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer.

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Notable San Francisco: 6/28–7/4

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Wednesday 6/28: Popular historical fiction team Laura Kamoie and Stephanie Dray read from their new novel, America’s First Daughter, about Martha Jefferson Randolph. Free, 6 p.m., Book Passage San Francisco.

Perfectly Queer East Bay presents it’s annual Pride reading (Pride Poetry Palooza) featuring MK Chavez, Thea Matthews, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, David Welper, Arisa White, and Shelley Wong.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Are great bookstores just good capitalism?

People are more concerned with being fat than with eating disorders, if we go by the number of books in each respective section at one blogger’s local bookstore.

A Tennessee bookstore will include a restaurant inside of it.

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Notable Los Angeles: 6/26–7/2

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Monday 6/26: Mel Goodman discusses and signs Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

ALOUD presents An Evening with Roxane Gay. She will be discussing her new book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, in conversation with journalist Ann Friedman.

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