It's time again for another season of the Publicly Complex Reading Series. Wait, let me try that again. It's time again for another season of the Publicly Complex Reading Series!!! (Note the excessive, but sincere, punctuation.)
We're kicking off the year with 50% more outloud reading. Poets Lyric Hunter & Katherine Murphy will spin words into whorls, while fictionalist Elliot Rhodes Stevens will unwind and wind up our idiom for your pleasure. Wine and snacks are on the house (and sometimes the floor) and, in fact, the whole shootin' match (please leave your guns at home) will cost you nothing.
It all begins at 6pm, Saturday, the 27th of September. Please. Come.
John Porcellino, cartoonist/illustrator/genius, will be appearing at Cable Car Cinema on September 20th, from 2 to 5 pm, to introduce and talk about at least two things: 1) Root Hog or Die, a documentary about his life and work; 2) The Hospital Suite, a new book fresh off the Drawn & Quarterly presses.
The movie is $5 but keep your ticket for a discount on a signed copy of the book. If you can't afford the movie, you can still catch a glimpse of Porcellino in the lobby, where he'll talk to people for free after the film. He'll also have other "merch" (King-Cats and such) to sell if you are for some reason timid about spending an Andy Jackson on his latest book.
The majestic novels, stories and essays of American writers like Richard Wright, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Willa Cather, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, John Dos Passos, William Dean Howells, and even Jack Kerouac can, let's face, be a bit stodgy at times. And the Library of America series, though venerable, seems to wallow in stodge and stuffiness when it comes to its book cover designs. So I asked some of the students (through the helpful, cooperative staff members Ashley Paniagua and Emily Ustach) if they wanted to jazz up the dust jackets any way they saw fit. About ten of them did, working on them over the summer. And above, you can see the results.
These great works of literature, now adorned with unique covers by young artists, are now on display in Ada's window. Come and admire them when you get the chance. Better yet, buy one for $20 during the month of September, and half the proceeds will go to New Urban Arts. And many thanks to all the students who worked so hard and used so much imagination to make this happen!
The Stubborn P.
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