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Calling all poets, writers, musicians, and comedians who want to share their work with the community! We're back with our Mouth to Mouth open mic series, a safe space for forging new art and communities. We’ve seen emerging writers and established authors, sparked book deals, and provided a platform for comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. Hosting the event will be poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Shinji Moon.
Sabrina Ghaus is Pakistani American writer, storyteller, and community organizer based in Boston, MA by way of the Bay Area. Her work seeks to excavate the complexities of femininity, joy and faith, diasporic longings, war and other violence. She's previously featured at East Meets West and was recently published in Jaggery.
Gia Shakur is a Harlem-based poet who is a contributor to Grungecake. Her work has appeared in joINTLitrary, The Broadkill Review, and Artsy Magazine.
One evening session, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8Fee: $25
Class limit 15 people
Whodunnit? Your instinctual answer might be stuffy British aristocrats and their shady butlers, but a good detective knows to look beyond the usual suspects. This mystery-writing workshop considers crime fiction in a new light. We will explore the structures that make mystery both approachable and thematically flexible and talk about how the genre can work as both a form of social realism and a vehicle for navigating difference. Join us in our investigation of crime--crime as an impetus to consider culture, subculture, and the politics of identity, that is.
The workshop will be taught by novelist Steph Cha, the creator of LA-based PI Juniper Song, an Asian American revision of Chandler's Philip Marlowe: the detective just as hard-boiled but Asian American, feminist, and a denizen of LA's Koreatown. Steph previously wrote Follow Her Home (St. Martin’s Minotaur 2013), which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and Beware Beware (Minotaur 2014), of which the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Nathanael West and Raymond Chandler would be proud." Juniper Song returns in a third outing in Dead Soon Enough, released just this August. "This is prime L.A. noir with a feminist slant" (Booklist).
Students of all levels of experience are welcome. No need to prepare anything; we won’t be workshopping individual pieces. Just bring a notebook and pen.
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Location: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
It’s 1839 and China and Great Britain stand on the brink of the First Opium War. By the time it’s over, the Western powers will have torched the Emperor’s summer palace, legalized the Opium trade in China, and reduced China to a semi-colony carved up by the colonial powers. More than a decade ago, Booker Prize Finalist Amitav Ghosh began the Ibis trilogy, a 1,600-page triad of novels that told the story of British colonialism on both sides of the Indian Ocean. If the first volume, Sea of Poppies, alighted on the poppy fields of India, the next installment, River of Smoke, took us to the ports of Canton, where the British sought to push the narcotic on the Middle Kingdom. The Ibis trilogy now concludes with Flood of Fire, a rip-roaring tale of sexual politics, global commodities trade, and pan-Asian imperialism.
Encompassing the onset of the First Opium War, the British acquisition of Hong Kong, and China's "hundred years of humiliation," Flood of Fire follows a funky cast of characters: an American freedman who passes as white, a bankrupted Raja working for the Chinese, a politically ambivalent sepoy working for the East India Company, and the strangest character of all: British colonial English infiltrated by the diction of Anglo-India (“It’s my turn now to bajow your ganta!”). A linguistically playful, structuralist retelling of the colonization of Asia, the Ibis Trilogy shows how the British conquest “redrew the map of the region, prompting, among other things, the transformation of the backwater port of Hong Kong into a globally influential centre of enterprise” (The Guardian). Flood of Fire paints a vivid, intimate portrait of the First Opium War--what Ghosh calls “one of the most iniquitous things that has ever happened in the history of mankind.”
One of India’s best-known writers, Amitav Ghosh has sold more than 30 million books worldwide. His novel Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, and his other works have earned the Dan David Award, the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival, and the Padma Shri. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. This event is co-sponsored by Verso Books.