A big-deal poet comes to town. Offbeat musicians unite for an evening. Artists show their work, actors emote onstage: fall will be chockablock — that’s right, chockablock! — with culture. Our smartly curated guide will help you make the most of this autumn bounty.
Jennifer Egan's latest book, A Visit from the Goon Squad brings together characters who are connected through the rock music industry or their friends. We see them through generations and get a sense of how time shapes life in a series of episodes.
One of the best selling and most loved genres in the literary world is Romance. Whether it's the traditional knight in shining armor falling in love with a fair maiden, or a mix with science fiction or horror, Romance novels span a great number of settings.
Martín Espada is an activist and former tenant lawyer who spent years fighting for Latino rights. So when he sits down to write poems, it’s no surprise that he tackles the controversial issues. He writes about immigration reform, about dictators, men on Death Row, poverty, and 9/11 victims. Martín Espada talks about his Puerto-Rican background, his love of Neruda's poetry, and his fight against injustice.
In a near future Las Vegas where moral codes have vanished and complete economic and environmental collapse have taken place Sin City remains the beacon of excess. That's the universe set up in the book Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas.
"Tomorrow begins with shrapnel and blood...." That's the line Brian Turner wrote - about death he saw firsthand.
Brian Turner was a soldier in Iraq when he started writing poetry. He described the rush of bullets, the desert nights in Iraq, and what it's like to see a comrade fall in battle. His first book of poetry, Here, Bullet, skyrocketed him into the limelight - at the same time, he struggled to adjust with his return to America. Brian Turner reflects on the painful beauty of Iraq, and how one finds grace in a time of war. Join us for an in-depth look at the battleground through a soldier-poet's eyes.