sign of the times

September 27, 2020

Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3, 2020) begins today and, along with lists of challenged books and downloadable infographics, the American Library Association (ALA) is offering a variety of items for purchase, including face masks for kids and adults.

no fest

September 26, 2020

In case you missed the announcements, the Skagit River Poetry Festival (October 1-4, 2020) has been cancelled. Watch the Skagit River Poetry Foundation website for updates and read more about the Foundation’s Poets in the Schools program.

reading autumn

September 22, 2020

It’s the first day of fall and many of us are likely to keep spending more time at home over the coming months, so here are some additional suggestions for stocking the book larder:

If you’d care to recommend a recently published book of poetry, leave a comment!

another festival

September 20, 2020

The Portland Book Festival is back and this year it’s online, November 5-21, 2020. The full schedule will be published in October, but there’s already an impressive lineup of presenters.

For updates, go to Literary Arts and sign up.

Experimental Translation

September 18, 2020

University of Washington - Bothell
If you are interested in translation, have a look at the lineup for the University of Washington Bothell 2020 Fall Convergence: Experimental Translation, happening free online, Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, 2020.

conference season

September 17, 2020

With festival season moved online, it’s little wonder that conference season follows suit. While you may not be within hugging distance of fellow attendees, the schedule of events is still robust and a virtual conference offers plenty to hear, see, and do.

Here’s a link to Write on the Sound, normally held in Edmonds, Washington, this year held online, Thursday, October 1, through Sunday, October 4, 2020.

the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

Word Vancouver

September 14, 2020

The first “Word On The Street Vancouver” festival was held in 1995. Rebranded as Word Vancouver in 2013, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. With that history, and the recent experience of scores of online readings, panel discussions, workshops, and other gatherings, Word Vancouver is ready for the 2020 all-virtual festival, Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 27. Word Vancouver is free, with donations gratefully accepted. See the Word Vancouver schedule here.

festival season, continued

September 12, 2020

With more annual festivals going virtual, the possibilities for armchair travel continue. The Utah Humanities Book Festival, now in its 23rd year, will be entirely virtual and feature scores of authors, events, and virtual conversations. The program starts today, Saturday, September 12, 2020, and continues through Thursday, October 22. The schedule is impressive and includes plenty of familiar names, such as Dayna Patterson. The events are free on Zoom with advance registration.

festival season

September 10, 2020

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts) and beyond. This year’s festival will be held remotely, and will take place September 14-20, 2020.

The schedule is out now and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson, and as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon.

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up for individual programs in advance.

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