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Splitting the World Open: An International Roundtable of Dangerous Women Writers

In 1968, poet Muriel Rukeyser famously wrote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” More than half a century later, women themselves feel split into a million pieces. This past year has…
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Noir at the Bar

There's no better way to celebrate the Bay Area's love of noir than to toast six international mystery writers who have mastered the form. Make Dashiell Hammett proud by ordering a dirty martini (or some other hard-boiled cocktail) and listening…
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Love and Illusion: Kazuo Ishiguro on Klara and the Sun

When bestselling novelist Kazuro Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017, the Nobel committee described him as having "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection in the world." Now here's your chance to ask this…
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Literature Live Around the World

Ever wondered what book-lovers are reading, writing, caring about in Afghanistan? Nigeria? Jamaica? Argentina? Starting on February 12, 2021, join an intimate, fascinating virtual view into “other states, other lives, other souls.”  Literature…
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From Jamaica: Fruishon

When things come together so beautifully that one cannot imagine a world without it, a word adopted by Rastafarians wisdom speakers comes to mind, "fruition”, or better still, "fru-i-shon". Calabash has become, by its existence and its persistence,…
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Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada's Black Future

Whether it be poetry written for the page, the silver screen, the poetry slam or the melody, every poet plays with language to reveal the inexpressible. The Toronto International Festival of Authors and JAYU present the new generation of Canadian…
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Books, magazines, and pirate stores: writing and activism in California and beyond

From the Beat poets of the 1950s to Summer of Love musicians and Silicon Valley innovators, California's San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for bold and often irreverent pioneers. The region’s contemporary literary scene is no exception. Once…
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French women writers of today: feminism, identity and madness

The Villa Gillet is France’s centre for international writers. It runs two international festivals each year – the Assises internationales du roman (Lyon’s international book festival) in May, and Mode d’Emploi (a festival of ideas and…
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Scottish dispatches: the new generation

This is a unique time to be thinking about and responding to Scottish identity, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival is proud to present an exciting selection of writers who are heralding a new generation of Scottish literature. In…
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Buenos Aires: personal journeys

A traditional activity in the Festival Internacional de Literatura de Buenos Aires (Filba) is the personal journeys where geographical routes meet narrative ones. Argentine authors Mercedes Halfon, Mariano Quirós and Juan Ignacio Pisano have…