Posts Tagged: Dani Shapiro

Notable NYC: 9/29–10/5

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Literary events in and around NYC this week!

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Notable NYC: 4/21–4/27

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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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. B&N 82nd Street, 7 p.m., free.

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Notable NYC: 6/24–6/30

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Saturday 6/24: Juan Martinez, Jimin Han, and Paul Cohen celebrate debut fiction. Spoonbill & Sugartown, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 6/25: Rob Hill, Omotara James, Meghan E.B. Lin, and Phil Demise Smith celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Newtown Literary. Socrates Sculpture Park, 4 p.m., free.

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Notable Twin Cities: 6/11-6/17

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Monday 6/12: Dani Shapiro will present her new memoir, Hourglass. Magers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free. Tuesday 6/13: Check out the June Books & Bars! It’s a live performance and discussion centering around a monthly book, plus beer, and this month’s book is Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Indeed Brewing Company, 5:30 p.m., free. Wednesday 6/14: Kerri Miller of MPR News will interview Jacqueline Woodson about her latest novel, Another Brooklyn, an […]

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The “Reality” of Memoir: Delphine de Vigan’s Based on a True Story

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Memoirists are not transcriptionists of their pasts, recalling conversations verbatim. They are artists, whose job is to interpret the lived history through an artistic lens.

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Notable Portland: 5/11–5/17

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Thursday 5/11: The Writers in the Schools program at Grant High School hosts a student reading to share their semester of work. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free. Jeff VanderMeer, author of Southern Reach Trilogy, reads from his new book, Borne, a story about two humans and two creatures. VanderMeer will be joined in conversation by […]

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Notable Los Angeles: 5/1–5/7

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Monday 5/1: Reyna Biddy presents and signs I Love My Love. 7 p.m. at Book Soup. Tuesday 5/2: Gina Sorrell launches her new novel, Mothers & Other Strangers. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books. Scott Westerfeld discusses and signs Spill Zone. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

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Notable NYC: 4/15–4/31

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Saturday 4/15: Protest in support of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns. Bryant Park, 1 p.m., free. Thom Donovan and Marissa Perel join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 4/16: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mahogany Browne, and Jive Poetic read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 3 p.m., free.

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The Way We Were

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Things in my own life that make me want to write about them are often things that are unresolved. And I use writing to figure them out. Memoirists Meredith Maran, Dani Shapiro, Ayelet Waldman, Kate Christensen, and Nick Flynn speak in a YouTube video about why they write about their own lives, and the best/worst things that […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Helen Ellis

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Helen Ellis talks about making a literary comeback with her new story collection American Housewife, subverting expectations, and the joys of gossip.

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #12: The Art and Craft of Writing

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The writing advice I give is this: 1) Sit down 2) Write These wise and talented writers have more to say.

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Notable NYC: 10/17–10/23

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Saturday 10/17: Happy 6th Birthday, Greenlight Bookstore. John Reid Currie, Roberto Montes, Claire Van Winkle, and Emily Wallis Hughes join the Oh, Bernice! reading series. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free. Benn Tripp and Boni Joi join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 10/18: Ben Nadler discusses The Sea Beach Line with Duncan […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Sarah Tomlinson

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Author Sarah Tomlinson talks about ghostwriting, her father and childhood, the tradition of confessional writing, and her new memoir, Good Girl.

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Notable NYC: 5/9–5/15

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Saturday 5/9: Lewis Freedman and Alli Warren join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 5/10: Anne Enright launches The Green Road. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free. Morgan Parker, Ryan Britt, Britt Gambino, Emily Yoon, Karolina Manko, and Nicole Testa join the Dead Rabbits. DTUT, 8 p.m., free. Monday 5/11: Jabari Asim discusses […]

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Memoir vs. Status Updates

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In an era when people live tweet every aspect of their lives, the memoir might seem an antiquated notion. Dani Shapiro disagrees. Status updates are immediate, instant acts of narcissism. Writing a memoir requires introspection and distance. Shapiro explains over at The New Yorker: It is only with distance that we are able to turn […]

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Notable NYC: 3/8–3/14

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Saturday 3/8: Ben Marcus talks about his new story collection, Leaving the Sea (January 2014), Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House. Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free. Craig Morgan Teicher, Wendy Lotterman, Nicole Steinberg, Sarah V. Schweig, Ted Dodson, Krystal Languell, Joanna C. Valente, Jesse Kohn, Jonathan Aprea, Joe DeLuca, and M. Callen celebrate issue […]

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Notable NYC: 2/15–2/21

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Saturday 2/15: Luna Miguel, Jacob Steinberg, and Gabby Bess read poetry. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 2/16: Stephen Elliott and Julia Fierro join Gina Frangello as she reads from her novel A Life in Men (February 2014). Fierro’s forthcoming Cutting Teeth (May 2014) examines thirty-somethings attempting to enjoy a beach house with their children. […]

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A Memoirist’s Pact with the Reader

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At Salon, Dani Shapiro writes an open response to a reader who felt that Shapiro’s memoir Slow Motion wasn’t fully honest because it didn’t include all the details of her life. In it, she explains what memoir is and isn’t, and what honesty means for the form: When I write fiction, I make things up. I enter the […]

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Notable NYC: 10/21–10/27

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Monday 10/21: Novelist Jonathan Grimwood hosts Charlotte Druckman, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, and Matt Gross for an evening of storytelling focused on obsessions. Grimwood’s novel, The Last Banquet (October 2013), set in Enlightenment era Versailles, will inspire refreshments served by chef Emily Casey. Housing Works, 7pm, free. Irish author Michèle Forbes reads from her debut novel, Ghost Moth (April […]

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