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November 2019

Martha Collins presents BECAUSE WHAT ELSE COULD I DO & Joseph Campana presents THE BOOK OF LIFE at Porter Square Books

November 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Poets Martha Collins and Joseph Campana read from their newest poetry collections. Because What Else Could I Do is a sequence of fifty-five untitled short poems, almost all of them addressed to the poet’s husband during the six months following his sudden and shocking death. Perhaps best known for her historical explorations of sociopolitical issues, Martha Collins did not originally intend to publish these poems. But while they are intensely personal, they make use of all of her poetic attention and…

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Anne Fadiman reads from Clifton Fadiman’s WALLY THE WORDWORM at Porter Square Books

November 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Prize-winning author Anne Fadiman presents and reads from a newly re-issued edition of her father Clifton Fadiman's book for children, Wally the Wordworm. A worm that lives on words, Wally finds himself starved for inspiration, until one day, he inches into a magical book: the dictionary. From this moment, he embarks upon a logomaniacal odyssey of epic proportions, twisting himself into the likes of "syzygy" and "sesquipedalian", "pyx" and "zymurgy". From its first publication in 1984, children and adults alike have…

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Katherine Hollander presents MY GERMAN DICTIONARY with Tanya Larkin at Porter Square Books

November 23, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Local poet Katherine Hollander presents her award-winning collection My German Dictionary, joined by fellow local poet Tanya Larkin. My German Dictionary, which was awarded the 14th annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize by former USA Poet Laureate Charles Wright, is a guide to an idiosyncratic interior country, a map of the experience of absorbing and being absorbed by Central European language, culture, aesthetics, and history. It is a catalogue of small beloved things inflected by massive horrors. The poems are home to and…

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December 2019

Salon with Nina MacLaughlin presenting WAKE, SIREN

December 10, 2019 | 6:30 pm
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RSVP form available via website link. Location given to RSVPed guests Nina MacLaughin presents her "vital, vivid" (Kirkus) new book, Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung, hosted at the home of author Whitney Scharer! Doors open at 6:30pm, with the program beginning at 7pm. In Wake, Siren, the women of Ovid's Metamorphoses claim their stories and challenge the power of myth in fierce, textured voices. I am the home of this story. After thousands of years of other people’s tellings, of all these different bridges, of words gotten wrong,…

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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.