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  • Kia Corthron at Brattleboro Literary Festival: October 15 from 2:30-3:45pm

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    OCT 15

    2:30-3:45pm BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL

    Robert H. Gibson Literary Garden

    157 Main St.

    Brattleboro, Vermont

    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.  

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  • Lola Lafon to be Featured at the 37th Edition of the International Festival of Authors in October

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    OCT 20-30, 2016

    International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

    Harbourfront Centre

    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.

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  • European Voices: A Reading & Conversation with French Author Lola Lafon: October 27, 2016

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    OCT 27, 2016

    5:30-7pm

    Center for the Study of Europe, Frederick St. Pardee School of Global Studies

    Boston University

    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.

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  • Lola Lafon with Alexandra Schwartz: October 28, 2016

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    OCT 28, 2016

    7pm

    Albertine Bookstore

    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.

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  • Gender in Translation, After Hours featuring Lola Lafon: November 4, 2016

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    NOV 4, 2016

    4:30-10pm

    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.

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  • Samuel Shem’s Book Launch of “At the Heart of the Universe” at the SoHo Playhouse: November 14, 7pm

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    NOV 14, 2016

    7-8:45pm

    SoHo Playhouse

    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.

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  • Abdellah Taia at the LA Public Library: April 12, 2017

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    April 12, 2017

    LA Public Library 

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    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.

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