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Friday, October 2, 2009

HOT LIST: October

Are you into the literary night life? Looking for some literary-based events around Phoenix? Want to learn from the masters? Read and discuss classic or new works of fiction? Then go no further. I said no further! Just check out some of the events below. We’ll be profiling the top fiction and poetry related adventures each month, starting now.

(1) Leslie Marmon Silko is coming to town.
Author Talk and Book Signing: Thursday, October 8th at 10 am in the Labriola Center on the second floor of Hayden Library
An Evening with Leslie Marmon Silko: A reading and audience discussion, also Thursday, October 8th at 7 pm at the Heard Museum, located on 2301 Central Avenue, in Downtown Phoenix.

Leslie Marmon Silko is most known as the author of Ceremony, she has written two other novels and numerous books of short stories. She also received the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 1981. She will read from her new memoir, Turquoise Ledge.

(2) Author Sarah Vowell reads in Tempe.
Public Reading: October 12, 7 p.m., Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock, Tempe.

Bestselling author Sarah Vowell, contributor to NPR’s This American Life and voice of Violet in Pixar’s The Incredibles, visits with her new book, The Wordy Shipmates. To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Vowell investigates what that really means, and what it should mean.

(3) Kimiko Hahn and Harold Schechter are coming to ASU.
Wednesday, October 14:
Public Craft Q&A with Harold Schechter, Noon-1 pm
Public Craft Q&A with Kimiko Hahn, 1:30-2:30 pm at Piper Writers' House
Reading and Book Signing at 7:30 pm at Ventana A Room (Room 241A), Memorial Union - ASU Tempe Campus

Kimiko Hahn is an award winning poet. She was awarded the PEN/Voeckler Award for Poetry in 2008 as well as an American Book Award.

Harold Schechter is most known for his work in the true crime genre, in addition to which, he writes mystery novels, most notably a series of mystery detective novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe, the inventor of the detective story himself.

(4) Sherman Alexie is appearing at The Heard Museum.
Friday, October 16th - 2301 Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85004
Tickets for the event are $7, but come with a $7 voucher for purchase of Alexie's new book, War Dances. Tickets can only be purchased at Changing Hands Bookstore.

Sherman Alexie is a National Book Award winner, bestselling author, film director, screenwriter, comedian and poet. He is known for his bitingly witty insight into the culture of Native Americans, both present and past.

(5) Creative Writing graduate students read every Thursday in Tempe.
Every Thursday, 8 PM, Tavern on Mill, 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

If you’re interested in meeting ASU’s MFA students, drop in on one of their wildly popular Thursday night readings. A mix of fiction and poetry (and beer).

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