The 19th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, presented by Poetry Flash, Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market and U.S. Poet Laureate emeritus Robert Hass, features legends like Kay Ryan and Al Young (performing with jazz accompaniment), as well as student poets, eco-authors, and a table with local books and magazines.
Novella Carpenter, author of "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer," which describes her 4,500-square-foot garden about a mile from downtown Oakland and was named this year's One Marin One Book selection, reads from her new book, "Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild."
Author of four books and three novels, including her most recent, "Americanah," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of "The New York Times" Ten Best Books of the Year, Adichie will be in conversation with Dave Eggers as part of the City Arts & Lectures "On Arts" series.
Seattle-based poetry powerhouse Wave Books celebrates new titles with readings by Garrett Caples, Anthony McCann, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Cigo, and Rachel Zucker, whose poems "read like skin-of-your-teeth escapes from impending disaster" (Dan Chiasson, "The New Yorker"). Hosted and introduced by Wave Books Editor at Large Matthew Zapruder.
A collection of essays from one of this generation's most fierce and tireless writers, "The Bad Feminist" is Roxane Gay's examination of modern culture--through lenses popular, political and personal. Essays editor for "The Rumpus" and co-editor of "PANK," Gay's debut novel, "An Untamed State," was also recently released.
The author of "Cloud Atlas," "Black Swan Green" and "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" reads from his new novel, "The Bone Clocks," which follows a psychic teenager as she runs away from home and sweeps through time, space, and a tapestry of characters. A copy of the book is included with admission.
The debut novel of Nayomi Munaweera, "Island of a Thousand Mirrors," is set amid the turmoil of the Sri Lankan Civil War. "By turns tender, beautiful, and devastating" (NoViolet Bulawayo), the book won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and was long-listed for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize.
Scholastique Mukasonga was born in Rwanda and lived through the Rwandan genocide. Her writing has been called "the very essence of Africa" (Joel Prieur), and her first novel, "Notre-Dame du Nil" (2012) won the Ahamadou Kourouma and Renaudot Prizes. After Mukasonga reads, she'll speak with Scott Esposito about the book and the new English translation.
The latest in the City Lights/Sister Spit imprint is the much-anticipated debut collection by Haitian poet Lenelle Moise, "Haiti Glass." Edited by Michelle Tea, the book is "a magnificent collection of poetry and prose. Part mantra, part lamentation, part prayer...". Edwidge Danticat