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CANCELLED: Odd Mondays March 2020 Reading: Larkin, Sindell & Subramanian
March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Odd Mondays offers you three very different novels for March: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF HEAVEN by Mathangi Subramanian, THE PUGILIST POETS OF VENICE by Jon Sindell, and SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT by Allie Larkin. Hear excerpts from these very original works Monday, March 9, 6:30pm at Folio Books, 3957 24th St. in Noe Valley. Free admission and free refreshments.
Here’s more about the books:
A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF HEAVEN by Mathangi Subramanian
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. Whatever they have, they share. When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together, they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
THE PUGILIST POETS OF VENICE by Jon Sindell
Meet Hammerhead Hirsch, a charismatic middle-aged boho known in the 60s as “The Pugilist Poet” for his Golden Gloves boxing crown and Beat poetry chops. Thirty years later, Head has become a first-time father and his joy is immense—until the mom bolts. Can Head last fifteen rounds as a single dad with a paltry income, scanty prospects, biting personal demons, and a “ball-and-chain” kid? The tale is told by a worshipful youth who accompanies Head and his son every step of the way on a ten-year-long, three-way journey of struggles, missteps, love, and growth.
SWIMMING FOR SUNLIGHT by Allie Larkin
When recently divorced Katie Ellis and her rescue dog Bark move back in with Katie’s grandmother in Florida, she becomes swept up in a reunion of her grandmother’s troupe of underwater performers. Although most of the mermaids have since lost touch, Katie helps Nan search for her old friends on Facebook, sparking hopes for a reunion show. Katie is up for making some fabulous costumes, but first, she has to contend with her crippling fear of water. Then, Katie’s college love Luca, a documentary filmmaker, enters the scene. She struggles to balance her hopes with her anxiety and begins to realize just how much Bark’s fears are connected to her own, in this thoughtful, charming novel about hope after loss and friendships that span generations.