“[These issues] are not going to revert back to some better and more equitable state, because they did not originate in a better or more equitable state. We must face that, before anything else.”
Author-related events for the month of August.
A historic, fictionalized reinterpretation of a defunct reform school that was once called The Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida.
Regan’s struggles and eventual triumph make “Burn the Place” a riveting read.
A thought-provoking examination of the independence and autonomy of the family unit.
July readings and events.
Throughout what increasingly feels like a poetic rendering of small-town life and the changing of the seasons remains this steadfast figure of the Midwestern matriarch.
“There’s a whole universe in each person.”
To his credit, Colin Asher, the Brooklyn-based author of “Never a Lovely So Real” (a line taken from Algren’s exquisite and ambivalent prose poem “Chicago: City on the Make”) takes on many of the clichés that have accreted around Algren’s work. Asher never forgets how rooted Algren was in the proletarian novel school of the 1930s, and how nourished he was, along with his friend and comrade Richard Wright, by the John Reed Club and other manifestations of the Depression-era Communist Party.
“BoJack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg parlays his Netflix-driven fame to release his stellar first short-story collection, “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.”