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Jul 11 2017

Red Hen Press Reading at the Annenberg Beach House

Join Red Hen Press authors Diane Gilliam, t'ai freedom ford, Genevieve Kaplan, Jessica Piazza, and Lynnell Edwards for a FREE reading in Santa Monica at the Annenberg Community Beach House! Also featuring a singing performance by Caitlyn Conlin. 
Learn more about the event and performers on our website:
Annenberg Community Beach House
1335 N Lake Ave, Ste #200
91104 Pasadena, California
Jul 15 2017

Harlem Book Fair

The Harlem Book Fair was to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

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10:00am to 6:00pm
W 135th St
10030 New York, New York
Jul 16 2017

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is a FREE, outdoor, celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora. It is Chicago’s only living “author-centric” festival, filled with OUR stories told through books, spoken word, storytelling, songwriting, play writing and art!

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61st Street
from Cottage Grove to King Drive
60637 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 18 2017

Poet Laureate's Showcase Reading with Kathryn Nuerenberger, Noah Blaustein & Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley, Laguna Beach’s inaugural poet laureate, is launching a Poet Laureate’s Showcase series of readings, aimed at bringing nationally known poets to Laguna Beach. She’s kicking off the series with two events featuring such literary luminaries as Christopher Merrill, Kathryn Nuernberger, and Noah Blaustein. The first event, featuring readings by Blaustein, Buckley, and Merrill, followed by a Q&A, will be held this Wednesday evening, June 21th, at the Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

The reading and Q&A with the poets will be held from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. The second event currently scheduled will feature readings by Blaustein, Buckley, and Nuernberger, and will be held on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30pm at The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. The reading will last one hour and be followed by an audience Q&A with the poets, as well as a book signing. The event is open to the public, and free with admission to the Sawdust Festival.


The Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
92651 Laguna Beach, California
Jul 23 2017

Read & Feed!

Join Girls on the Run, a performance by Whiting Award-winning poets Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, as they cook collard greens and salmon cakes. There will also be a discussion with renowned literary chefs led by celebrated author and restauranteur Rozanne Gold, and many more. The event will feature a marketplace of small press books and literary magazines, local food products, and craft beverages. READ & FEED will take place from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, July 23rd at Basilica Hudson (110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534). Tickets $15 ($10 students/seniors with valid ID). 

Admission fee: $15.00
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Basilica Hudson
110 South Front St
12534 Hudson, New York
Jul 29 2017

When the Political Becomes Personal: A one day workshop for writers

Join us for a day of writing that responds to the tumultuous nature of our current social and political ecosystem. A selection of readings will offer examples of well-written personal essays. Peter’s writing prompts will inspire you to explore the different ways you can present your point of view.
In the afternoon, you can spend more time writing and revising or share one of your new drafts in a supportive feedback session. Peter will help you sharpen your focus and turn your opinion into a publishable piece that will evoke understanding and empathy within your readers. The day will end with suggestions on how and where to submit your essay.
More details:
  •  Bring a work in progress or start something brand new.
  •  Open to prose writers and poets, even if personal essay isn’t your usual genre.
  •  Participants will receive a selection of readings approximately one week prior to the program. You will get more out of the day if you read them before you arrive.
  •  Everyone will have time to "workshop" their piece!
Limited to just 12 participants. Register today so you’re not disappointed.
Admission fee: $150.00
Kramer Hall
30 Front Street
08037 Hammonton, New Jersey
Aug 15 2017

Red Hen Press at Bryant Park

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of poetry in Bryant Park. Featuring Red Hen authors Cynthia Hogue, Diane Gilliam, t'ai freedom ford, and Camille Dungy, as well as esteemed poet Afaa Weaver.

To find out more about the performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:

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Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
10018 New York, California
Aug 19 2017

Mississippi Book Festival

The Mississippi Book Festival, a nonprofit founded by literacy advocates, launched in August 2015 on the State Capitol grounds and continues to draw thousands to its annual “literary lawn party” and book lovers’ celebration.

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Mississippi State Capitol grounds
400 High St
39201 Jackson, Mississippi
Sep 01 2017 to Sep 03 2017

AJC Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Since its launch, more than 1,000 world-class authors and hundreds of thousands of festival-goers have crowded the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.

This year's festival features poets Chen Chen, Paisley Rekdal, Erika L. Sánchez, and many more.

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10:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Decatur
101 E Court Square
30030 Decatur, Georgia
Sep 02 2017

2017 National Book Festival

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Kwame Alexander, poet, educator and recipient of the 2015 Newbery Medal for “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” speaking with co-author Mary Rand Hess about their new book “Solo,” a young-adult novel written in verse.
Fiction and Poetry: Megan Abbott, Elliot Ackerman, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Ernest Gaines, Julia Glass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Peter Ho Davies, Katie Kitamura, Lisa Ko, Hari Kunzru, Ha Jin, Alice McDermott, Karin Slaughter, Elizabeth Strout, Colm Toíbín, Scott Turow, Jesmyn Ward, Don Winslow, Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
20001 Washington, District Of Columbia