Archive for October, 2012

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Book Signing: Lonesome Knob by Kay Cole and McKenna Vaughn

What: Author/Illustrator Book Signing for Lonesome Knob
When:
Thursday, November 8th, 7 pm
Where: LUCKY DOG BOOKS, 10801 Garland Rd
Contact: Phone (214) 827-4860
Hosted by: Suzie Riddle of Children’s Story Time 

Join us for refreshments and meet Kay Cole, author of Loneome Knob (Steve Davis Publishing) and 12 year old illustrator, McKenna Vaughn. Kay will read a few passages from the book. Refreshments will be served and books will be for sale at Lucky Dog Books.

From Lonesome Knob: Roberta hates her name almost as much as she hates being taunted for her bright red hair and freckles. She can never please Mother, who thinks she’s just too inquisitive for her own good, but Daddy seems to like her curious, mischievous, and rebellious nature. Roberta proves that a young girl can find trouble, adventure, or happiness just about anywhere — even at the end of a dusty road, on a remote and desolate West Texas farm known as Lonesome Knob.


Andrei Codrescu

What: An Evening with Andrei Codrescu
When: Thursday, March 28, 8 pm (Meet/Greet Tickets, 7:00)
Where: The Kessler Theater
Admission: $20 Gen, $37.50 Reserved, $200 Tables VIP/Meet-Greet, $400 Suites VIP/Meet-Greet
Members: From $15
Sponsored by: Half Price Books
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Andrei Codrescu (codrescu.com) has published two new books: “So Recently Rent a World: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2012” and “Bibliodeath: My Archives (with Life in Footnotes)”.  Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, and emigrated to the United States in 1966 at the age of nineteen. His first poetry book in English License to Carry a Gun won the Big Table Poetry award in 1970. In 1983 he founded Exquisite Corpse: a Journal of Books & Ideas (corpse.org). From 1984 until his retirement in 2009 he taught Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University (LSU) where he was MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English. He has been a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983. Codrescu has received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar. (1991). He has covered the fall of Romania’s Ceausescu regime for National Public Radio (NPR) and ABC News, an experience chronicled in The Hole in the Flag: an Exile’s Story of Return and Revolution. He has also reported from Cuba and Martinique, and is the winner of several Lowell Thomas awards for travel journalism. Among his many books are, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, (2009; The Poetry Lesson (2010), and whatever gets you through the night: a story of sheherezade and the arabian entertainments (2011). He lives in the Arkansas Ozarks near the Buffalo River National Park.

 


WordSpace Student Readings: SMU Literary Festival

What: WordSpace Student Readings @ SMU Literary Festival
Who: Hockaday, Yavneh Academy, Greenhill School, Texans CAN, Academy, Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Dallas Poetry Youth Slam
When: Wednesday, March 20, 6 pm
Where: McCord Auditorium

Friday, March 22, 6 pm at DeGloyer: Reception honoring WordSpace, followed by readings by Tatjana Soli and Vievee Francis.

2013 SMU Lit Fest Presenters: Deborah Spark, Alix Ohlin, Natalie Serber, Tatjana Soli, Matt Olzmann, Vievee Francis, Allan Michael Parker, Camille T. Dungy MCs: David Haynes, Paul Otremba, and Gabriel Calvocoresi

WordSpace’s is honored to participate in the  2013 SMU Literary Festival by presenting talented area students. These young writers bring with them the enrichment and inspiration of their educators who are also recognized as accomplished writers: Scott Davison of Booker T. Washing School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Farid Matuk of Greenhill School, Tim Cloward of Yavneh Academy, Kyle Vaughn of Hockaday School, Sanderia Smith and Dorris Coleman of Texans CAN Academy, and the new WS/Dallas Poetry Slam’s Youth Series project, mentored by Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo. Google any of these amazing writers to get a clue of their accomplishments. Imagine being in high school and having the opportunity to be mentored by these poets, playwrights and songwriting musicians.

SMU Literary Festival creates an atmosphere of support, dignity, and recognition, as well as an opportunity to interact with the Festival’s featured performers. This year, special prizes will be awarded by the SMU’s Tale of One City Project.

WordSpace has incorporated area student readings into programming since its inception. The annual readings have been renamed from “Do You Hear Me?” to “ConSpiracy” (the breathe together definition) to “Gerald Burns Student Readings” (after the late poet), to its present association with SMU Lit Fest. Past annual readings have taken place at Paperbacks Plus, Dallas Center for Humanities and Cultural and The Kessler Theater. We’d like to thank all those folks and our writer/educator friends for their years of support to WordSpace and young Dallas writers.


Rod Russell-Ides Reading & Book Signing

What: Rod Russell-Ides and his new book “Sparky and the Dipshit”
When: Saturday, April 6, 8 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. near Bishop Arts
Admission: Members FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod-Russell Ides is a poet, songwriter, musician, performance artist, landscape artist, dharma bum, and storyteller/writer. Join us as we celebrate the release of his new book “Sparky and the Dipshit”, published by Fireside Press. Rod lives in Dallas with his wife, poet/playwright, Isabella Russell-Ides.

 


Rauan Klassnik, Farid Matuk and Russel Swenson

What: Rauan Klassnik, Farid Matuk and Rusell Swenson
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. (Oak Cliff)
When: Friday, January 25, 8 pm

 Rauan Klassnik‘s HOLY LAND (Black Ocean) is not a book for the faint of heart. His poems–dreamlike fables that conflate the domestic and quotidian with the dangerous and the perverse–are bathed in tears and blood: a trip to the bank becomes a journey to Auschwitz; bullets and gore find equivalence in rivers, birds and lush grass. In Klassnik’s startling vision, ‘the world knows what you want, and it knows what you need. It brings you bodies. And it brings you a gun”–Gary Young.Rauan grew up in South Africa and then spent most of life in Dallas, TX where he was for many years an active part of the local writing community. Rauan’s first book, Holy Land, came out from Black Ocean in 2008. His second book, The Moon’s Jaw (also from
Black Ocean) releases end of 2012. Rauan’s poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Front Porch, The North American Review, Poetry Midwest & other venues. Rauan is now headquartered, close to Costco, in Kirkland, WA.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010), which was awarded honorable mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Award, named finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, and chosen by Geoffrey G. O’Brien for recognition in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series.  New poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Iowa Review,Critical QuarterlyWhite Wall Review, and Poets.org.   Matuk is a contributor to Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums:  Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada (Shearsman, 2011) and American Odysseys:  Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive, 2013).

“There’s something wrong with Los Angeles. In his brilliant debut Santa Ana, Russel Swensen analyzes what it means to live in a city that sets all of its awful immune system on you, that fevers itself to burn off all but the most wicked and calloused. Here the city becomes a fantastic and terrifying Lynchian nightmare in which each person is an animal desperate to devour or be photographed. A girl sings “if you put your ear to an ash tray, you can hear the sea of flame replacing me” and maybe that’s the city itself, fire licking the corners of the pages, the moments seen as though through smoke. It’s all the speaker can try to do to escape, the wind that carries the flames always finding him, finding him out. This is a phenomenal work, nerve wracking and passionate, and will leave you with all the right kinds of scars.” -Glenn Shaheen.
Russel Swensen currently teaches at Prairie View A&M University.  He earned his MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and his doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston. His work has appeared inBlack Clock, Quarterly West, Prick of the Spindle, FRiGG, The Collagist, and elsewhere.



OffWorld-WordSpace Science Fiction Club

What: OffWorld: The WordSpace Science Fiction Book Club
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.
When: Thursday, December 11, 7 pm
Admission: FREE
Hosted by:  Phllip Washington
The Author: Neal Stephenson

To join OffWorld  or for more information contact Phillip Washington at  offworld@wordspace.us or call WordSpace, 214-838-3554, ext. 2, Click here for the OffWorld Blog

If you are a science fiction fan, please read Section A below. If you are not currently a science fiction reader, please skip to Section B.

SECTION A

“Does your bucket list include things like “piercing the outer layers of corporate cyberstructures, surfing the burning neon matrix of the cosmic internet, picturesque holograms of your disembodied consciousness navigating 4 dimensional super-continuums?”

Do you have dreams of futuristic landscapes, cybernetic samurais, and psychic aliens? Have you ever wanted to travel through time?” “Do you see yourself living in future dystopias and utopias? We hear you loud and clear, You’re saying: “Yes As long as it ain’t as hot THERE as summer in Dallas.” We’d have to agree with you on that one.

Answering “Yes” to most of these questions indicates   a functioning imagination. And guess what? We have a place for you, and others like you. Join “OffWorld: The Official Dallas Science Fiction Book Club” today. Get ready to geek out, PhReAk out, and congregate with other kindred spirits who love Science Fiction literature.

(Please proceed to Section C, or read Section B just for the fun of it.)

SECTION B

Did you stop reading science fiction when you were fourteen years old? Is “1984″ the only science fiction novel you ever readand then only because it was assigned in class? Do you assume all science fiction novels are either based on Star Trek or cater to adolescent, male sexual fantasies?

Well, there is a whole new alien landscape out there, and WordSpace wants to explore it with you.

The current crop of science fiction writers are complex, funny, visionary, and scary-smart on topics most people will know little or nothing about before they change our world forever

OffWorld: The Official Dallas Science Fiction Book Club will introduce you to a new perspective of the present by examining visions of the future

 (Please proceed to Section C)

SECTION C

 Joining is easy and fun. Here is how OffWorld  works:

1)    Rather than reading a particular book, OffWorld will choose a writer to focus on for a three-month period.

2)    Club members may read one or several books by that author during the three months.

3)    The website Worlds Without End has generously offered to host discussion forums for OffWorld. The forums will feature ongoing discussions of individual books and general topics related to the author. Members can propose their own forum topics.

4)    During the three-month session, WordSpace will host two discussions on the author and his or her work at our Tyler Street storefront in Oak Cliff.

5)    During the three-month session, Half Price Books on Northwest Highway will also host a public meeting, this one with  a guest speaker from the scientific, medical, or tech community who will discuss a topic —anything from robotics to advances in molecular biology, as it relates to science fiction.

6)    Joining OffWorld is FREE. The sessions at Half Price Books will cost $10, but will be free to WordSpace members.

 Neal Stephenson  is our first OffWorld author. (Warning! Warning! Some of Mr. Stephenson’s books are 1000 pages long, but hey, you have three months to read one, and some are much shorter.)


OffWorld-The WordSpace Science Fiction Club

What: OffWorld: The WordSpace Science Fiction Book Club
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.
When: Monthly, Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm
Admission: FREE
Hosted by:  Phllip Washington
The Author: Neal Stephenson

To join OffWorld  or for more information contact Phillip Washington at  offworld@wordspace.us or call WordSpace, 214-838-3554, ext. 2, Click here for the OffWorld Blog

If you are a science fiction fan, please read Section A below. If you are not currently a science fiction reader, please skip to Section B.

SECTION A

“Does your bucket list include things like “piercing the outer layers of corporate cyberstructures, surfing the burning neon matrix of the cosmic internet, picturesque holograms of your disembodied consciousness navigating 4 dimensional super-continuums?”

Do you have dreams of futuristic landscapes, cybernetic samurais, and psychic aliens? Have you ever wanted to travel through time?” “Do you see yourself living in future dystopias and utopias? We hear you loud and clear, You’re saying: “Yes As long as it ain’t as hot THERE as summer in Dallas.” We’d have to agree with you on that one.

Answering “Yes” to most of these questions indicates   a functioning imagination. And guess what? We have a place for you, and others like you. Join “OffWorld: The Official Dallas Science Fiction Book Club” today. Get ready to geek out, PhReAk out, and congregate with other kindred spirits who love Science Fiction literature.

(Please proceed to Section C, or read Section B just for the fun of it.)

SECTION B

Did you stop reading science fiction when you were fourteen years old? Is “1984″ the only science fiction novel you ever readand then only because it was assigned in class? Do you assume all science fiction novels are either based on Star Trek or cater to adolescent, male sexual fantasies?

Well, there is a whole new alien landscape out there, and WordSpace wants to explore it with you.

The current crop of science fiction writers are complex, funny, visionary, and scary-smart on topics most people will know little or nothing about before they change our world forever

OffWorld: The Official Dallas Science Fiction Book Club will introduce you to a new perspective of the present by examining visions of the future

 (Please proceed to Section C)

SECTION C

 Joining is easy and fun. Here is how OffWorld  works:

1)    Rather than reading a particular book, OffWorld will choose a writer to focus on for a three-month period.

2)    Club members may read one or several books by that author during the three months.

3)    The website Worlds Without End has generously offered to host discussion forums for OffWorld. The forums will feature ongoing discussions of individual books and general topics related to the author. Members can propose their own forum topics.

4)    During the three-month session, WordSpace will host two discussions on the author and his or her work at our Tyler Street storefront in Oak Cliff.

5)    During the three-month session, Half Price Books on Northwest Highway will also host a public meeting, this one with  a guest speaker from the scientific, medical, or tech community who will discuss a topic —anything from robotics to advances in molecular biology, as it relates to science fiction.

6)    Joining OffWorld is FREE. The sessions at Half Price Books will cost $10, but will be free to WordSpace members.

 Neal Stephenson  is our first OffWorld author. (Warning! Warning! Some of Mr. Stephenson’s books are 1000 pages long, but hey, you have three months to read one, and some are much shorter.)



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