APRIL doesn’t start until next Monday, but our friends are hosting a lot of great events this week!
Tomorrow, get some brews and books at Naked City Brewery in Greenwood. The event will feature readings from Adam Novy, Dylan Nice, Richard Chiem, and Cameron Pierce.
Thursday, join YesYes Books & Matthew Dickman as they raise funds for YouthCare, a non-profit benefitting homeless youth. The event will feature readings from Richard Chiem, Matthew Dickman, Elaina Ellis, Rachel Kessler, Sierra Nelson, and Corey Zeller.
Sunday, Paul Nelson hosts a discussion on the problem of the “Seattle nice” and the state of literary criticism in the Northwest. Panelists include Daemond Arrindell, Christine Deavel, Graham Isaac, and Kate Lebo. Plus, it’s online so you don’t even need to leave your couch!
Remember your elementary school’s annual book fair where you’d spend your lunch money on Goosebumps? We certainly do!
We’re excited to announce the almost complete line-up for our grown-up book fair (complete with a fully-stocked bar!), the third annual Small Press Expo, co-presented by Richard Hugo House, at Richard Hugo House on March 30, from 11 am – 4 pm. There you’ll have the chance to buy books from great presses like Hobart (SF/LD Books), Future Tense, Featherproof, Jaded Ibis, Caktrain, Magic Helicopter, and more. Are you with a press that would like to be involved? We still have table space, so apply here.
But it will also be so much more than a book fair! All throughout the day we’ll have readings and musical performances from:
12:30-1:30: SPLAB Poetry Bout: New Mexicans (Amalio Madueño and Nadine Maestas) vs. Cascadians (Stephen Roxborough and Anastacia Tolbert), hosted by Paul Nelson.
1:30-2:30: The Bushwick Book Club presents original music inspired by The Furnace, featuring Brad Loomis and Nancy K Dillon and others from the BBC.
2:30-3:30: Breadline March on an APRIL Afternoon, featuring Portland poet Michael Heald, and all-girl string trio “the Ink & the Echo.” Hosts Greg Bem and Jeremy Springsteed will perform pieces with string accompaniment.
3:30-4: Other People’s Poetry & Prose: We’re bringing back a favorite event from Pilot Books. Bring your favorite small or independent press title and read to us.
Mark your calendars! It’s going to be a great way to end the festival. And because we like you and want you to come, there’s no entry fee and the first ten attendees will get an APRIL tote.
“The Legend of Troy Cartwright” by Patrick Somerville at Hobart
“A life ago, I was a lake” by Danez Smith at The Collagist
And in case you missed it, Kate Zambreno’s live tweeting of the 50 Shades of Grey series. (You might have to scroll down a little, but it is worth it. Trust us.)