Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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“[P]art of writing is cementing some sort of memory.”
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The missionaries seemed concerned. I figured it was too late for that. ...more
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Joseph Rios discusses his debut collection, SHADOWBOXING: POEMS AND IMPERSONATIONS.
Tags: Andres Montoya, audience, B.A. Williams, Berkeley, Brittany Ambree Williams, debut collection, first book, Fresno, Gary Soto, gertrude stein, hip-hop, immigrant, immigration, Javier Huerta, Jose Montoya, Joseph Rios, Latinx, Music, Occupy, Omnidawn, Phil Levine, poetry, Shadowboxing, Tradition, Trump
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
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Deputy Managing Editor Christine Hyung-Oak Lee discusses what she hopes to do in her new role, what she looks for in an essay, and beekeeping.
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Poets Denise Newman and Hazel White discuss their most recent collaborative project, Biotic Portal, how they initially met, and loving their garden’s “outlaws.”
Tags: Andrew Joron, Anthony Garza, beauty, Berkeley, Biotic Portal, Bruno Latour, California, collaboration, Creative Work Fund, Denise Newman, Doreen Massey, Elaine Scarry, Erika Howsare, experimental language, experimental poetry, garden, gardening, Hazel White, Mark Winges, myung mi kim, On Beauty and Being Just, poetry, Ruth Sacks, Simone Weil, Tacita Dean, UC Berkeley
The way the book is organized reflects Allen’s experience: the ability to meet a book with skepticism and find much to be admired. ...more
Tags: 1960s, 60s, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, Berkeley, California, Caro Macon, drugs, family, hippies, LSD, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, paranoia, Racism, Sandra Allen, schizophrenia, sexism, sexuality
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Jeff Chang discusses his latest book,
We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, his work in hip-hip journalism, and the beauty and humanity of political protest. ...more
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My day job is driving on the ride sharing platform, Lyft. Several years ago, I retired from teaching school to devote myself to writing and painting and lived off savings until I couldn’t. Four years ago, I started driving Lyft so I wouldn’t have to take a straight job and could focus on my creative […]
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Shanthi Sekaran discusses her new novel,
Lucky Boy, where fraught issues like immigration and infertility—and the lives they impact—intersect. ...more
Tags: adoption, Berkeley, custody, illegal immigration, immigration, inequality, infertility, kavita das, Lucky Boy, Mexico, Race Forward, Shanthi Sekaran, Shattered Families, social justice, Solimar Castro-Valdez, The Other Side of Immigration, underground america, Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, undocumented immigrant, Voices of Witness, Which Way Home
1972: War was waging in Vietnam and kids were coming home in boxes. Hippes and yippies went clean for Gene McCarthy, but George McGovern won the democratic nomination. Tricky Dick Nixon was the one for the Republicans and the so-called Silent Majority. I was a sixteen-year-old runaway revolutionary of peace and love, living in a commune, […]
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Yesterday, walking home along the wet pavement twinkling under the sunshine, I spied a flock of no fewer than twenty-four wild turkeys parading down the street, mostly chicks. I don’t see them today, as the rain has returned, and all is gray. I live on a hill where I can look out the window to […]
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I felt urgently that it was the moment to tell the story of what I’ve learned about American music—or maybe about being an American. ...more
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Everywhere there is sterling musicianship, of the original, unexpected sort. ...more
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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Tess Taylor about her new collection
Work & Days, manual labor, and the lyric possibilities in small fields. ...more
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Acclaimed poet and writer Laura Mullen talks about her new book,
Complicated Grief, obsession, germ theory, and exposing the arbitrary and superficial protections that have failed us. ...more
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The driving force of the album is the character Dory Tourette, part invented alter ego, part self-mythologized caricature of frontman Dory Ben-Shalom… ...more
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Bay Area readers, you’re in for a treat. Our Letters for Kids editor Cecil Castellucci has a new picture book out, and you can go see her read it in both Alameda and Berkeley this weekend! The book is called Odd Duck, and it’s about Theodora, a “perfectly normal duck”…or so she thinks. Event details for […]
Bay Area readers, listen up: Rumpus columnist Peter Orner is doing a reading Thursday evening at 5:00 in UC Berkeley’s Morrison Library as part of the Story Hour series. Will he read from his latest novel Love and Shame and Love? Something new? Juan Rulfo fanfiction? (Kidding.) Go find out! And if you can’t make […]
“Somethin’s happenin’ here but you don’t know what it is,” Bob Dylan said. I didn’t know a thing about him really when I was a kid—just another name in the mad wind, but truer words were never spoken.