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February 2020

Dennis Baron at City Lights Bookstore

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She Published by Liveright Addressing one of the most pressing cultural questions of our generation, Dennis Baron reveals the untold story of how we got from he and she to zie and hir and singular-they. Like trigger warnings and gender-neutral bathrooms, pronouns are sparking a national debate, prompting new policies in schools, workplaces, even prisons, about what pronouns to use. Colleges ask students to declare their pronouns along with their majors; corporate conferences print name tags with space to add pronouns; email…

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Conor Dougherty: Golden Gates

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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 Conor Dougherty discusses his new book Golden Gates: Fighting For Housing in America. Praise for Golden Gates “Golden Gates is a careful consideration of the Bay Area's slow-burning housing crisis and deepening socioeconomic cleft, and a finely reported exploration of some more recent accelerants: political infighting, arcane policy, the strictures and incentives of capitalism, and, of course, the rapid growth and ascendance of Silicon Valley tech corporations. With precision, insight, and flashes of humor, Conor Dougherty delivers intimate glimpses of a…

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Catana Chetwynd / Snug

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$16.5
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Booksmith presents Catana Chetwynd, in San Francisco for the first time to present her new book, Snug. Come meet Catana and her boyfriend John! Please note: This is a ticketed event, to be held at Booksmith (1644 Haight St.). The price of admission is equal to the cost of Snug and/or Little Moments of Love, which are included with each ticket -- it's also possible, in advance only, to get 2 tickets with just 1 book -- please be sure to read the ticketing information closely. Advance tickets…

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Vincent Meis Reads at Dog Eared Books Castro

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street
San Francisco , CA 94114 United States
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Novelist Vincent Meis reads from his just off the presses new novel, Four Calling Birds, 7pm, Wednesday, February 19 from at Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro St. in San Francisco. The event is free. The four Burd siblings head to Mexico to heal and regroup after the death of their mother. Midlife crises are revealed. At the age of forty-seven, M wonders if she is too old to transition to the man she has been hiding inside her. Augie…

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Radar: Show Us Your Spines Resident Reading

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
El Rio, 3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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SHOW US YOUR SPINES is a month-long writer residency + reading in collaboration with the SF Public Library’s Hormel Center. For a month QTIPOC writers work with Hormel Center LGBTQIA archives around a specific queer theme, writing/producing a piece that will then be read/presented the following month at a local venue.   FEATURING: al aguas Kiyaan Abadani madhvi trivedi-pathak Maneo Refiloe Mohale

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Catana Chetwynd / Snug

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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$16.50
front cover of Snug

Booksmith presents Catana Chetwynd, in San Francisco for the first time to present her new book, Snug. Come meet Catana and her boyfriend John! PLEASE NOTE: >>  Due to popular demand, we have added a second night with Catana and John! Wed, Feb 19 is completely sold out.  TICKETS ARE NOW FOR SALE HERE for Thurs, Feb 20. Advance tickets are highly encouraged -- tickets are not guaranteed to be available at the door. We have also moved both events up to a 6:30pm…

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William T. Vollmann

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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front cover of The Lucky Star by William T. Vollman

reading from his new novel The Lucky Star: A Novel published by Viking/Penguin The National Book Award winning author returns to his original fictional territory–the lives of the dispossessed in San Francisco–with a parable about the limitations of desire and life at the margins of society In such earlier works of fiction as The Rainbow Stories and The Royal Family, William T. Vollmann wrote of pimps, prostitutes, addicts and homeless dreamers in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. In this new novel, Vollmann returns there…

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In Common Writers Series: Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto, reading and in conversation

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series opens 2020 with a double program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event—the first of two evenings with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto—is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Jennifer Bartlett was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Vermont College. She is the author of Hindrances of…

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The Racket : Revenge

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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There are themes and then there are THEMES and no one is surprised that REVENGE is absolutely a THEME. We imagine tales of murder and lust and backstabbing and danger and excitement and sex (there is has to be sex right?) and for some reason we think everything is covered in thick, red velvet and dimly lit and maybe there's a vampire because vampires are probably pretty vengeful but maybe that's just because now we're thinking thick, red velvet and…

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Paul E. Joseph in conversation with with Dr. Waldo E. Martin Jr. at City Lights Books

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. published by Basic Books This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders. To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with…

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Jenny Offill: Weather

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Jenny Offill discusses her new novel Weather. Praise for Weather “This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy.”–Ocean Vuong “Jenny Offill conjures entire worlds with her steady, near-pointillist technique. One feels a whole heaving, breathing universe behind her every line. Dread, the sensation of sinking, lostness, and being cast away from any sense of safety infiltrates every interaction and private moment in this book, like ashes from the burning world she describes.”–Sheila Heti “Novelists don’t need to dream the end…

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Diane Keaton

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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$59
Diane Keaton

Academy-award winning actress Diane Keaton has starred in some of the most memorable films of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Then Again and the essay collection Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty. Her new memoir, Brother & Sister, explores Keaton’s relationship with her brother, and their divergent life paths. Intertwined with photographs, journal entries, letters, and poetry, this insightful memoir contemplates the inner workings of a family, the ties that…

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Cliterary Salon: the Heart is a Meat Pump

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Perdita, 323 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$12
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Cliterary Salon is a monthly literary show focusing on work not traditionally prioritized in the mainstream by writers who subvert convention. To learn more, please visit cliterarysalon.com Content Warning: the themes explored by the writers of Cliterary Salon may contain discussion of sexual assault, eating disorders, trauma, and other sensitive topics. Producers: Meg Elison is a Bay Area author and essayist. Her debut novel, THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award and was listed…

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In Common Writers Series: Denise Leto and Jennifer Bartlett

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series opens for 2020 with a double program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event—the second of two evenings with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto—is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and is free and open to the public. Denise Leto is a multidisciplinary poet, writer, editor, and dance dramaturge. She wrote the book of poetry for the collaborative dance performance Your Body is Not a Shark, exploring feminist embodiment, voice, and disability…

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Stephen Ratcliffe and Kyle Schlesinger at Alley Cat Books

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Stephen Ratcliffe (sound of wave in channel) and Kyle Schlesinger (A New Kind of Country) will be here reading from their newest books!       

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Two Remarkable Poets on Disability Poetics and Activism

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St
San Francisco , CA 94102 United States
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The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series opens 2020 with a program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event, with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto, is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. Jennifer Bartlett was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of her work, Nathaniel Tarn writes, “Jennifer Bartlett has created not a new form of surrealism, nor of magical realism, but a kind of supernal realism which leaves room for dreams, visions, and angels as…

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Ann Harleman Reading from TELL ME, SIGNORA

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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Ann Harleman will read from and discuss her new novel, TELL ME, SIGNORA.  Kate Hagesfeld, a recent widow, travels to Italy just after 9/11 to restart her career as an archaeologist.  Caught up in efforts to aid political refugees, she must make the choice of a lifetime.  Ann is the author of four previous books: Happiness; Bitter Lake; Thoreau's Laundry; The Year She Disappeared.   "A wonderful talent!" (The Washington Post); "Stellar" (O, The Oprah Magazine); "verbal razzle-dazzle...mystery...a dexterous writer" (The New York Times)

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Bawdy Storytelling’s ‘Lucky 13’th Anniversary

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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SEE BOTH SHOWS WITH A FULL EVENING WRISTBAND!   Saturday February 22nd, 2020 at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA) Remember: Bang-O at 6:00 PM, Stories at 7:00 PM (NOTE: This is our Early Show) Tickets $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door Or see BOTH SHOWS with a Full Evening Wristband! Want to sample Bawdy Storytelling? Listen to our podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Evening of Celebratory Stories, Songs & S*x Toys includes: ❤ Hosted by…

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Alan Kaufman, Maxine Chernoff, and Jake Marmer – Three Jewish Writers at The Beat Museum

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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ALAN KAUFMAN Alan Kaufman is a novelist and memoirist known for his storytelling power and who’s been not only praised by everyone from Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret and Sapphire to David Mamet, Hubert Selby Jr. and Thane Rosenbaum but has been compared by critics to such prose masters as Henry Miller, I.B. Singer and Jack Kerouac. His books include The Berlin Woman, Matches, Jew Boy, Drunken Angel and several anthologies, including The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and The Outlaw Bible of American Art. MAXINE CHERNOFF Maxine…

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Sean Negus and Caroline Goodwin at Alley Cat Books

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Join us to celebrate the publication of Hurricane Music (Sean Negus) and Custody of the Eyes (Caroline Goodwin).  

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Bawdy Storytelling’s Best of Bawdy 2020!

February 22 @ 10:00 pm - February 23 @ 10:00 pm
Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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Best of Bawdy 2020

SEE BOTH SHOWS WITH A FULL EVENING WRISTBAND!   Saturday February 22nd, 2020 at the Verdi Club (2424 Mariposa, San Francisco, CA) (NOTE: This is our Late Show) Tickets $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door Or see BOTH SHOWS with a Full Evening Wristband! Want to sample Bawdy Storytelling? Listen to our podcast at http://bit.ly/bawdypodcast •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This Evening of Celebratory Stories, Songs & S*x Toys includes: ❤ Hosted by Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour ❤ Custom Bawdy…

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Silent Book Club SF

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Silent Book Club at The Bindery in San Francisco by Cody Pickens

Bring a book, bring a friend, and join Silent Book Club for an afternoon of reading! At Silent Book Club, there's no assigned reading. All books and all ages are welcome. We'll kick off introvert happy hour at 4pm with some light chatter and informal book recommendations before settling in to read quietly, but if you'd rather just pull up a chair and read, by all means do so. No one will be shushed or shamed. The bar will be open for late afternoon libations. Happy reading…

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SF in SF with Juliette Wade, Tiffany Trent, and Mike Chen

February 23 @ 6:00 pm
American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St
San Francisco , CA 94103 United States
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Please join us for an evening of reading and conversation with authors Juliette Wade, Tiffany Trent, and Mike Chen, in conversation with Bay Area writer, editor, and raconteur Terry Bisson. Juliette Wade’s first novel, Mazes of Power, is just out from Daw; a work of sociological science fiction, it follows a deadly battle for succession in a world where brother is pitted against brother in a singular chance to win power and influence. Wade’s short fiction has been published in…

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John Sayles at City Lights Books

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Yellow Earth from Haymarket Books Rich layers of shale oil are discovered under Yellow Earth, North Dakota and the neighboring Three Nations Indian reservation. All hell breaks loose. In Yellow Earth, the site of Three Nations reservations on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota, Sayles introduces us to Harleigh Killdeer, chairman of the Tribal Business Council. "An activist in his way, a product of the Casino Era," Kildeer, who is contracted by oil firm Case and Crosby,…

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Megan Fernandes with Sam Sax

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Megan Fernandes reads from her new collection of poetry Good Boys published by Tin House Books In an era of rising nationalism and geopolitical instability, Megan Fernandes's Good Boys offers a complex portrait of messy feminist rage, negotiations with race and travel, and existential dread in the Anthropocene. The collection follows a restless, nervy, cosmically abandoned speaker failing at the aspirational markers of adulthood as she flips from city to city, from enchantment to disgust, always reemerging—just barely—on the trains and bridges…

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Apogee Press at Lone Glen

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Apogee Press at Lone Glen

Please join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 25th for a night of poetry revelry at The Bindery in San Francisco. The Lone Glen series will celebrate the beginning of its ninth year with Apogee Press, featuring poets Elizabeth Robinson, Barbara Tomash, Laura Walker, and Edward Smallfield, who is also launching his latest book, to whom it may concern. Whereas Smallfield explores the “lyric meditation, eros and erasure alternately fuse and efface until erasure becomes manifestation . . .”, Walker assures us…

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Emily Nemens: The Cactus League

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Emily Nemens discusses her new novel The Cactus League. Praise for The Cactus League “Emily Nemens's magnificent debut is a masterwork of great empathy and detail, uncovering the realms of incredible pain and beauty enmeshed within every level of America's pastime. If you love baseball, you won't put it down, and if you don't love baseball, you might by the end.” —J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota and Kitchens of the Great Midwest “A debut? You’ve got to be kidding.The Cactus…

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The Evolving Universe with Brian Greene in conversation with Gina Pell

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29 – $45
Brian Greene

Brian Greene is widely recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory.  Greene is co-founder and director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, and his many books include The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality. His newest, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek…

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Lit Flicks: Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight”

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 2550 Mission Street
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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Lit Flicks- Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight

Lit Flicks is a new monthly collaboration between Litquake and Alamo Drafthouse, presenting the best films adapted from written works, and introduced by special guests. Lit Flicks bookstore, operated by Borderlands Books, will be open at all screenings. Special guest speaker: Eddie Muller (Noir City, TCM's Noir Alley).  Talk at 7:30 pm, screening at 7:50 pm.  $16 George Clooney. Handsome, classy, and undeniably the most suave man in Hollywood. His grin alone can melt every woman's heart in a hundred…

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The MFA in Writing Program presents Cristina García in conversation with Omar. F. Miranda

February 25 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
McLaren Complex – MC252, USF, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, King of Cuba, and, most recently, Here in Berlin; two Latinx anthologies: Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature; and a collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’…

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