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Notable Chicago: 11/18–11/24

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Friday 11/18: Fifth Wednesday Journal presents a reading by Tony Triglio, Christina Pugh, Richard Jones, and Sheila Donohue at The Book Cellar. 7 p.m., free.

Tara Betts will read from her new poetry collection Break the Habit at Women & Children First

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Song of the Day: “Secret Life”

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The passing of songwriter Leonard Cohen last Thursday added another mournful chapter to an already difficult week. The prolific and underrated artist—most famous, perhaps, for his aching ballad “Hallelujah,” popularized by John Cale, Rufus Wainwright, and Jeff Buckley—had a long career of ups and downs.

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Notable San Francisco: 11/16­–11/22

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Wednesday 11/16: Readers at Lyrics and Dirges will focus on the theme of gratitude. Featured: Harold Terezon, Marguerite Munoz, Norma Smith, Mickey Ellinger, Josiah Luis Alderete, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown.

Thursday 11/17: Michael McClure celebrates a new collection of poetry: Mephistos and Other Poems.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore in Wyoming has banned laptops and cell phones so customers can live like its 1993.

The former headquarters of Borders Bookstores has become a tech hub.

Can bookstores help America heal?

The Denver public library has found a new way to raise money: selling books.

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Notable Los Angeles: 11/14–11/20

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Monday 11/14: Donna Kaz discusses and signs Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jilly Gagnon engages with an interactive reading of Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

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Notable Twin Cities: 11/13–11/19

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Monday 11/14: Local author Dylan Hicks will read excerpts from his new novel Amateurs (Coffee House Press) and then talk with visual artist Carolyn Swiszcz about art and collaboration in the Twin Cities. Highpoint Center Printmaking, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 11/15: In memory of the poet and community-builder Tom McGrath, this month’s Carol Connolly reading series features Mark Vinz, Freya Manfred, Mike Hazard, Jim Lenfestey, Patricia Kirkpatrick, J.P.

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Native Poetry

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Over at the North American Review, Heid E. Erdrich writes about the forthcoming New Poets of Native Nations. The collection, which will be published by Graywolf Press in 2018, will feature works from “21 poets whose first books were published in the 21st century and who are members/citizen or descendants with status of indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native nations.”

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Notable Portland: 11/10–11/16

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Thursday 11/10: The Reed College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Nathaniel Mackey to read from his poetry, including his latest collection, Blue Fasa. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a night of the bawdy, the indecent, the delightful, and the total opposite of sexy at Hussy Tales and Whore’r Stories: A Night of Live Sex Worker Storytelling.

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Electric Literature to Offer Scholarships for Catapult Classes

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Electric Literature, in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, is offering full scholarships to workshops and classes that they’ll be co-presenting with Catapult. The scholarships are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, with the only requirement being that writers are New York City-based.

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Writers: To Your Treadmills!

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It’s actually a good thing for writers to step away from the keyboard every once in awhile. On the Kenyon Review blog, Aaron Gilbreath reminds us of the importance of tending to and strengthening the mortal vessels that our brilliant minds travel inside:

Build a literary life if you want it, but don’t forget that when it comes to the body, it’s use it or lose it.

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