December 1st: World AIDS Day
Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.
As usual, it's feast or famine here in B-town. This weekend it's Feast. An ideal itinerary would go something like this:
Pratt Library's Annual booksale. As always, it was a madhouse in here today as folks rushed to get first dibs on the 50c hardcovers and 25c paperbacks we've put out. Little do they know we restock all weekend (and Sunday is $1 a bag/box day)...Come on down!
Start the day at Belvedere Square's Daedalus Books & Music for their Holiday Signing and Breakfast with a host of local authors including Gilbert Sandler, Elizabeth Spires, Madison Smartt Bell, Kim Jensen and Lia Purpura and Jonathon Scott Fuqua, 10 am - 12 Noon
Head back to the main library for more books, and check in with the Poetry Discussion Group as they look at the work of the extraordinary Paul Celan (12-2 pm).
If you missed her at Daedalus, you can catch up with Lia Pupura at the Pratt, where she'll be reading/signing copies of "On Looking"
Head around the corner to 317 N Charles and Clayton & Co bookstore for Reb Livingston and a No Tell Motel reading, part of the amazing i.e. reading series (...and I havent' stopped kicking myself for missing the Mei-mei Berssenbrugge & Cole Swenson double bill, or Charles Bernstein last month either!)
I'll be playing host to local poets Brandon D Johnson, Carleasa Coates, Carlo Paul, Carolyn Joyner, Deidre Gantt, Derrick Brown, Hayes Davis, Jadi Omowale, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Kendra Hamilton, Teri Cross, and Venus Thrash, Cave Canem Prize Winner Kyle Dargan, and the luminous Lucille Clifton at (where else?) the Pratt Library, to celebrate Cave Canem's 10th Anniversary and the Gathering Ground anthology (a perfect stocking stuffer if there ever was one -- poetry is the gift that keeps on giving, you know....). 2 pm
And just when you think it's safe to return to the office, Roger Bonair-Agard brings the tarnish and masquerade tour to town, performing at Slamicide, XandO Charles Village, 8 pm.
Now just watch: Next weekend? No haps....