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Virtual: Reading at a Distance / Laura Mullen and Ploi Pirapokin

April 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

photos of Ploi Pirapokin and Laura Mullen

We’ve partnered with the Headlands Center for the Arts to bring you a series of distanced literary readings with Headlands Artists, curated by Emily Wolahan (AFF ’16–’19). Join Laura Mullen (AIR ’20) and Ploi Pirapokin (AFF ’17–’20) for the kickoff event of the series on Wednesday, April 22 at 7PM PST.

We’ll be streaming directly to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/booksmith

We are pleased to be able to bring you some of our events virtually while our doors are closed in the interest of public health.

If you would like to support us during this difficult time, you can make donations here now or during the event: http://paypal.me/booksmith

You can also buy Laura’s books from us and we’ll deliver them directly to your door:

Thank you very much for your support – we’re proud to be a legacy business and a mainstay of the Haight-Ashbury since 1976!

The author of eight books, Laura Mullen (AIR ’20) is McElveen Professor of English at LSU. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Rona Jaffe Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she is the librettist for Nathan Davis’ a Sound Uttered, a Silence crossed, commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Recent poems have appeared in The Nation, 1111, Conjunctions, and Lana Turner. She was the Arons poet at Tulane and affiliate faculty at Stetson University for 2018. Her translation of Veronique Pittolo’s Hero was published in 2019.

Ploi Pirapokin’s work is featured and forthcoming in Tor.com, The Offing, Apogee Journal, the Bellingham Review, Cleaver Magazine, and more. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Kundiman and others. She holds an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University and is based in San Francisco.

Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center occupying a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Headlands provides an unparalleled environment in support of the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.

Booksmith is an an off-center general interest independent bookstore and legacy business, a flagship of San Francisco’s Haight Street since 1976. Booksmith is the force behind The Bindery, a multi-purpose events parlor established in 2017 that features The Arcana Project: a deep, highly inclusive array of books—fiction and nonfiction, from all over the world—presented in chronological order by the date they were written. Booksmith also organizes Berkeley Arts & Letters, an East Bay speaker series since 2009 that features exceptional authors with new books. Between the three programs, Booksmith produces over 250 events per year.

This is a free, all-ages event.

RSVP appreciated but not required.


April 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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