SEPT 30-OCT 2, 2016
Colorado Tattoo Convention
The National Western Complex
4665 Humboldt St.
Denver, Colorado 80216
Legendary tattoo artist Freddy Negrete is best known for his pioneering black-and-gray tattoo style, honed while serving time in a series of correctional facilities during a youth mired in abuse, gang life, and drug addiction. Negrete will be discussing his new autobiography, Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray, September 30-October 2, 2016 at the Colorado Tattoo Convention. He will also be performing live body art.
2:30-3:45pm BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL
Robert H. Gibson Literary Garden
157 Main St.
Kia Corthron is the author of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, her first novel. As a playwright, she has received numerous awards, including several for her body of work: the 2014 Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award. In addition, she has written a bit of television and won Edgar and Writers Guild Outstanding Series awards for The Wire. She lives in New York City.
The 2016 Brattleboro Literary Festival will take place October 13-16, 2016. The Festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, featuring emerging and established authors.
OCT 20-30, 2016
International Festival of Authors (IFOA)
231 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Bestselling Paris-based novelist and musician, Lola Lafon, is to be featured at the 37th edition of the International Festival of Authors. The author of three previous novels, Lafon was born in France and grew up in Sofia and Bucharest. The original French edition of The Little Communist Who Never Smiled won ten prizes, including the prestigious Prix de la Closerie des Lilas. She lives in Paris.
2016 IFOA welcomes over 200 Canadian and international participants to Toronto. The Festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, artist talks, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events. The IFOA takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, where the city meets the lake, from October 20th to the 30th.
OCT 27, 2016
Center for the Study of Europe, Frederick St. Pardee School of Global Studies
121 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Bestselling Paris-based novelist and musician, Lola Lafon, will be discussing her latest novel in English translation, The Little Communist Who Never Smiled. This fictionalized account of the life of Nadia Comaneci, a child of communist Romania and an Olympic gymnast who inspired young girls around the globe, shows how a single athletic event mesmerizes the world and reverberates across nations. A book signing will follow the talk.
OCT 28, 2016
972 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10075
Bestselling Paris-based novelist and musician, Lola Lafon will join Alexandra Schwartz for a conversation on Lafon’s The Little Communist Who Never Smiled, which won ten prizes when it was released in France. This fictionalized account of the life of Nadia Comaneci, a child of communist Romania and an Olympic gymnast who inspired young girls around the globe, shows how a single athletic event mesmerizes the world and reverberates across nations.
NOV 4, 2016
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Gender in Translation will be featuring bestselling Paris-based novelist and musician, Lola Lafon, in the After Hours event in San Francisco. The author of three previous novels, Lafon was born in France and grew up in Sofia and Bucharest. The original French edition of The Little Communist Who Never Smiled won ten prizes, including the prestigious Prix de la Closerie des Lilas. She lives in Paris.
This special event is aimed at deciphering and translating cross-cultural articulations of sex and gender in a set of ever-changing political and artistic contexts by bringing together a distinguished array of intergenerational and international theorists, artists, and authors.
NOV 14, 2016
15 Vandam Street
New York NY 10013
The story of two mothers and a father in love with the same daughter, Samuel Shem’s At the Heart of the Universe is an epic novel set deep in rural China against the backdrop of an ancient mountain monastery during the time of Mao’s one-child population control policies. Inspired by the author’s experiences as parent of an adopted child, it describes the drama of adoption and the journey of loss and rebirth that can happen when a daughter brings together her adopted mother and her birth mother high on a mountaintop.
April 12, 2017
LA Public Library
ABDELLAH TAÏA was born in 1973 in the public library of Rabat, Morocco, where his family lived until he was two years old. Acclaimed as both a novelist and filmmaker, he writes in French and has published eight books, including Le jour de roi, which was awarded the prestigious French Prix de Flore in 2010. An adaptation of his novel L’Armée du salut was his first feature film, released in 2014, screened at major festivals around the world, and hailed by the New York Times as giving “the Arab world its first on-screen gay protagonist.” Taïa made history in 2006 by coming out in Morocco, where homosexuality is illegal. His commitment to the defense of homosexuals in Muslim countries has made him one of the most prominent Arab writers of his generation–both “a literary transgressor and cultural paragon,” according to Interview magazine.