Carr Reading Series is proud to be a sponsor of the second annual Pygmalion Literary Festival will be held in select venues in Urbana and Champaign, including the Krannert Art Museum, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Mike 'n Molly's Pub, and the Canopy Club. Featured authors include Peter Orner, Audrey Petty, Jennifer Percy, Richard Siken, Jamaal May, Tarfia Faizullah, Rachel Cantor, Alissa Nutting, and more! A literary bookfair featuring presses and journals from around the Midwest will be held at the Esquire Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. For more information, visit thepygmalionfestival.com.
Featured authors are Amy Sayre Baptista, Carlos Matos, Millicent Borges Accardi, and Paula Neves. Kale Soup for the Soul is a literary reading series featuring Portuguese-American writers reading work about family, food and culture.
Andre Dubus III is the author of six books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and his novel House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His new book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times "Notable Book," a 2013 "Notable Fiction" choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus "Starred Best Book of 2013."
Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Believer, Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter and The New Republic. Her poetry comic crown of sonnets with Eryn Cruft, The Wrong Side of Rapture, was released through Ninth Letter in the summer of 2013. She is also a co-author with Brynn Saito of a collaborative chapbook, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2013). She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.
The Carr Reading Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All Carr Series events are free and open to the public.
Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included Sara Levine, Ginger Andrews, Ladan Osman, Roger Reeves, and Micheline Aharonian Marcom.
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