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Zubair Ahmed

: Zubair Ahmed Reading and Book Signing: “City of Rivers” (McSweeney’s Publishing, 2012)
When: Friday, January 4, 7:30
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 10801 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
Hosted by: WordSpace and Lucky Dog Books
Admission: FREE
More Info and,  214-838-3554
Directions: 214-827-4860 and Google Maps

Zubair Ahmed was born in 1988 and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2005, his family won the Diversity Visa Lottery, which granted them the opportunity to immigrate to the US. During the year-and-a-half before moving, Ahmed dropped out of school and became a professional video gamer. In 2005, Ahmed’s family moved to Duncanville, Texas, where he finished high school. Ahmed now studies mechanical engineering and creative writing at Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford Solar Car Team, president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and has recently delved into business and startups.

City of Rivers by Zubair Ahmed (December 2012)

The poems in CIty of Rivers— the first full-length collection from 23-year-old wunderkind Zubair Ahmed– are clear and cool as a glass of water. Grounded in his childhood in Bangladesh, Ahmed’s spare, evocative poems cast a knowing eye on the wider world, telling us what it’s like to be displaced and replaced, relocated and dislocated. His poems are suffused with a graceful, mysterious pathos– and also with joy, humor, and longing– with the full range of human emotions. City of Rivers is a remarkable and precocious debut.

“This is a kind of art that can’t be faked or manufactured, a poetry derived only of witness, impulse, and vision. City of Rivers is a triumph by any standard.” — Michael McGriff

“When reading Zubair Ahmed I feel as though I am both witnessing and taking part in an ecstatic, lyric experience. Ahmed’s work is not just a blues forged out of the Bangladesh landscape, these poems are also a celebration of the world as a whole– a sometimes complicated, dark celebration, but a celebration all the same.” — Matthew Dickman

Zubair Ahmed « McSweeney’s – YouTube

Book Signing: Lonesome Knob by Kay Cole and McKenna Vaughn

What: Author/Illustrator Book Signing for Lonesome Knob
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.

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 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.


“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.)


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)


 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.)

Matt Bondurant and Kayley Romick of Yavneh Academy

What: Matt Bondurant and Kayley Romick of Yavneh Academy
When: Thursday, November 15, 7 pm
Where: Private Residence, RSVP for location: or 214-838-3554
Admission: Members FREE, Non Members,$10
RSVP Appreciated: 214-838-3554

Matt Bondurant is an American contemporary writer and author of the books TheThird TranslationThe Wettest County in the World and The Night Swimmer.

Bondurant was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. His family’s ancestral home in Franklin County, VA is the setting of his prohibition-era historical novel The Wettest County in the World, which tells the tale of his grandfather and granduncles as they run a massive moonshining operation in the mountains of southwest Virginia.

Bondurant was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and a Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University. He graduated from James Madison University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Bondurant is currently a literature and creative writing professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In 2010, director John Hillcoat planned to make a film, The Wettest County in the World, based on Bondurant’s novel and starring Shia LaBeouf  but the project was shut down as a result of financing problems. An indie studio revived the project. Filming began in late February 2011, with Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain added to the cast. In March 2012, the title was changed to Lawless.

Kayley Romick is a young writer attending Yavneh Academy. Special thanks to poet/educator, Tim Cloward for contributing his talented protegee to our  project of includin area students as “warm up” readers in Salons.



Ben Abercrombie features @ Dallas Poetry Slam

What: Ben ABercrombie features @ Dallas Poetry Slam
When: Friday, November 2, 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave

“I’m 21, and I’ve got a dream or two.”  Ben Abercrombie

Glorious Luminaries: Jerry Kelley and William Blake

What: Salon on Blake, presented by Jerry Kelley
When: Thursday, November 29, 7 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler St.
Admission: Members FREE   Non-Members $10

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

Considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work.

Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions, as well as by such thinkers as Jakob Bohme and Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake’s work makes him difficult to classify. The 19th-century scholar, William Rossetti, characterised Blake as a “glorious luminary,” and as “a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors”.



Jeremiah Kelley is an original member of WordSpace Board of Directors, published writer, and world traveler. From Harvard in the 60s to the Canadian Bush in the 70s, he now lives in Dallas with his wife, poet Patty Turner. His work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Southwest Review. Jerry presented Blake as a multi-media performance at the WordSpace’s Texas Unbound Festival.


Kevin Curran: “Killer Shakespeare”

What: Kevin Curran:”Killer Shakespeare”
When: November 1, Thursday, 7 pm
Where: RSVP, 214-838-3554
Admission: FREE to Members, $10 Non-Members

On television and in video games, we seem to approach murder recreationally. At the same time, it’s a topic of first-order ethical importance for us and connects to our most fundamental beliefs about the value and nature of life.

Killing, in Shakespeare, helps us map out interesting aspects of Shakespeare’s world (both intellectual and theatrical), and also offers us compelling ways to explore our own. At what point and under what conditions does the taking of life becomes “murder”? Where do we draw the line between murder, revenge, political assassination, and the
events of war?

A few key scenes will be posted online and available at the Salon.

Dr. Curran specializes in Renaissance literature and theater with particular interests in Shakespeare, law, philosophy and critical theory, performance, and the culture of the court. His first book, “Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court” (Ashgate, 2009), looks at how political, religious, and sexual understandings of “union” came to bear on the formation of a uniquely Jacobean political imagination. Curran is also preparing an edition of Samuel Daniel’s play, “The Tragedy of Philotas”, which will be published by Manchester University Press as part of the “Revels Plays” series. He is currently working on a new book called “Law and Selfhood in Shakespeare”, and he recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Criticism on “Shakespeare and Phenomenology”. Curran has received grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Harry Ransom Research Center, among others. He is the editor of a new book series called “Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare, Theory, and Performance,” published by Edinburgh University Press. At UNT, he is founder and convener of the Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium. In 2012, Dr. Curran won the Kesterson Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching and the Professor of the Year Award from the Graduate Students of English Association.

Dallas Poetry Slam @ Deep Ellum Market

Who: Dallas Poetry Slam Featured Performers!
When: Saturday, November 17, 12pm
Where: Stage, Deep Ellum: Indiana and Malcom X

From noon-3, every hour on the hour, poets from the Dallas Poetry Slam pump up the jam Deep Ellum Outdoor Market with a 15 minute performance between music sets.

Dallas Poetry Youth Slam Series

What: Dallas Poetry Youth Slam Series
When: Every 1st Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room
Hosts: Alexandra Marie and RockBaby

Half Price Books and WordSpace  are honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth. Created by Alexandra Marie, a host and organizer for Dallas Poetry Slam, with workshops and performance. For More Info: Contact

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