Join us to listen to Dartmouth graduateBill Cartyread from his newest work of poetry,Huge Cloudy(Octopus Books). Bill has received numerous poetry fellowships and was awarded the 2017 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is senior editor at Poetry Northwest in Seattle. He will be joined byLaura Eve Engel, who will read from her latest book,Things That Go(Octopus Books). Laura has also received numerous writing fellowships, and her work has appeared in AWL, Boston Review, Crazy Horse, Tin House, PEN America, and elsewhere.
Bloodroot Literary Magazine—4th Digital Edition Launch Party and Open Mic
Tuesday, April 9, 7 pm
Let's celebrate the launch ofBloodroot Literary Magazine's fourth digital edition. Lots of the contributors will be there to share their work. We encourage others to bring poetry and short fiction to share in an open mic format.
Kim Kruge, Ordinary Chaos
Kim will be reading from her bookOrdinary Chaosat Left Bank Books onTuesday, March 12, at 7 pm.Ordinary Chaos looks at the real, almost-real, unreal, and once-real phenomena that hide behind the veneer of ordinariness. In Kim’s poems daily life unfurls into strangeness—time and space become malleable materials as her observations of seemingly normal objects and situations expand, take on meaning beyond their appearance, and begin a life of their own. As a recent resident of Mexico, she also explores the immigration process and navigating an adopted country. Check out her website atwww.kimberlykruge.com.
Laura Foley and Clara Gimenez, Hiking El Camino, Five Hundred Miles Across Spain Slideshow and Camino-Inspired Poems
October 29, 7 pm
This spring, Clara Gimenez (law professor, photographer) and Laura Foley (poet) hiked from France across Spain on a route called El Camino de Santiago, following yellow arrows over mountain paths, through Meseta plains and medieval cities. Overcoming physical, mental, and spiritual challenges, they succeeded in their goal of reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. And at the end, all they wanted was—to do it once again. They will share their enthusiasm and insights, as well as practical advice in case you, too, are called to Santiago. They will also offer a sample of Spanish tapas and wine.
Annelise Orleck, “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now”
Tuesday, May 1, 7 pm
It’s May Day, a perfect moment to dig into the new book by Dartmouth labor historianAnnelise Orleck, "We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now." Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, the book is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers-activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage. Annelise will share stories of resistance and rebellion from around the world, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.
Dwiggins at Left Bank Books
Tuesday, April 24, 7 pm
Join us for a presentation by Bruce Kennett,author and designer of the recently published biographyW. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design.Dwiggins (1880-1956) was the quintessential maker: best known as a designer of books and printing type, he was also an accomplished calligrapher, illustrator, painter, printmaker, sculptor, furniture designer, and puppeteer. Bruce will present a highly illustrated evening sharing the life of this remarkable man. Anyone who loves the craft of books should come to this event!
Dreaming of a White (house) Christmas—Puppet Show (for adults)
As little Baron decided to stay at boarding school for the holidays the President and his lovely wife Melania are planning a quiet Christmas together in Trump Tower. But unexpected events bring them to the White House, Mar A Lago and beyond.
Join us for this puppet show by Ria Blaas, Susanna Lewis, and Geoffrey Gardner.
Mark Bray, The Antifa Movement
Monday, Nov. 6, 7 pm
We are very pleased to hostMark Bray, Associated Visiting Scholar at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID).Mark is an historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalismin modern Europe. His current work explores the cultures of violence and street resistance that emerge in the social movements of postwar western Europe. He is the author of several books, most recentlyAntifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Mark has appeared extensively in the media recently as a scholar who can help us understand the current dynamics of resistance to white supremacy and racism that are unfolding nationwide.
Ina Anderson and a Poetry Jam
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 pm
Upper Valley poetIna Andersonwill read from her 2017 collection, Journey Into Space. These poems are "engagingly melodic, hitting the high and low notes of our language through conversation, memory, and image” (Anne Bergeron). Ina will also read some of her newer poems. For many years an advisor and instructor with Vermont State Colleges, she now leads poetry groups at the Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon and at Kimball Library in Randolph VT, and helps run Randolph’s Poem Town each spring.
For the second half of this event, Ina will facilitate an open poetry jam. Bring a few of your poems to read!
Pamela Harrison and Anne Shivas, New Work
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 pm
Left Bank Books welcomes back Pamela and Anne, who will share recent work.Pamela will read fromGlory Bush & Green Banana, a memoir or journal narrative of a year spent living and working on the Edenic (and not so Edenic) Caribbean island of Carriacou. The book evokes the often exhilarating and romantic, sometimes oppressive and even terrifying, always engaging and compelling vagaries of island life. How approriate in this season of momentous hurricanes.
Anne Shivas will read from her first collection of poetry, Whit Grace. These poems explore culture, landscape, and identity from her native Scottish coast to the hills and villages around Jerusalem to the dramatic seasonal shifts in rural Vermont, affirming our commonality on different shores.
Laura Foley and Sarah Snyder, New Work
Tuesday, 7 pm
This evening we’ll be welcoming two poets.Laura Foleywill read from her most recent collections, WTF and Night Ringing, as well as newer poems. The author of six poetry collections, Laura’s poem “Gratitude List” won the Common Good Books poetry contest and was read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.” Her poem “Nine Ways of Looking at Light” won the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, judged by Marge Piercy.Sarah Dickenson Snyderwill read from her full-length book, The Human Contract (2017), from her chapbook, Notes From a Nomad, and from new work. Sarah has been an English teacher for many years, has participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and in May of 2016 was a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press.
Selma James, The Black Jacobins Reader
Tuesday, 7 pm
In her first ever appearance in Hanover,Selma James—internationally renowned speaker, author, organizer and widow of C. L. R. James—will speak on her contribution toThe Black Jacobins Reader(2017). Containing a wealth of new scholarship and rare primary documents, The Black Jacobins Reader provides a comprehensive analysis of C. L. R. James's classic history of the Haitian Revolution. In addition to considering the book's literary qualities and its role in James's emergence as a writer and thinker, the contributors discuss its production, context, and enduring importance in relation to debates about decolonization, globalization, post-colonialism, and the emergence of neocolonial modernity. The Reader also includes the reflections of activists and novelists on the book's influence and a transcript of James's 1970 interview with Studs Terkel. Selma James is co-coordinator of the Global Women's Strike and founder of the Wages for Housework Campaign. She is the author of Sex, Race, and Class: The Perspective of Winning (2012).
Geraldine North, Butcher Bird: Tales from Down Under, and a Writing Prompt Activity with Joni B. Cole
Tuesday, 7 pm
Join Hanover authorGeraldine North as she reads from her debut book, Butcher Bird: Tales from Down Under, a collection of compelling, keenly written, sharply detailed short stories that transport readers to the powerful and peculiar ethos of rural Australia. The second half of the evening's event will be a prompt workshop facilitated by Joni B. Cole from the Writer's Center of White River Junction, Vermont. Please bring something to write on, and a willingness to both listen and share.nt Details here
Cynthia Huntington, Terra Nova
Tuesday, 7 pm
One of our most popular readers, Cynthia will read from her newest book, just published this month. Terra Nova is a book-length poem in many voices, set (mostly) in Provincetown, MA, and circling around themes of exile and migration. Huntington’s book, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry. Presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, she teaches at Dartmouth College where she holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe Chair in Writing, and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program.
Shadow Puppet Play and Fiddle Music by West of Roan
Multimedia performance artists Channing Showalter and Annie Schermer hail from northwest Washington State and are currently touring the Northeast by bicycle and presenting their latest show (www.westofroan.com). They will perform at Left Bank Books on Friday, September 30, at 7:00 pm.
The Sealskinis the story of the son of a fisherman and a seal-woman; a boy born of two worlds and at home in neither. This original story is inspired by old myths and legends of the Seal People, told with puppetry, song, and shadows. What wounds are felt when mothers and grandmothers give up some of their wildness in order to have an idea of home? Can their children’s souls find wholeness? Can we love with freedom? The seal-woman’s children are asking.
Book Launch with Christina Cook
Christina Cookwill be reading from her newly released poetry collection,A Strange Insomnia(Kelsay Books) on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:00 pm. Christina’s previous publications include two chapbooks,Ricochet(Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, 2016)andLake Effect(Finishing Line Press, 2012, winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize), as well as wide publication in literary journals. A longtime resident of Hanover, NH, she now lives in Philadelphia, PA, and works as a writer at the University of Pennsylvania. www.christinacook.us.