Friday Reads

Friday Reads - November 9, 2018


Shari is reading the brilliant and intense Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.


Rebecca just finished reading a great book last night, so is going to dip into two beautiful looking books that landed in her hands week: Denise Parsons’ novel, After the Sour Lemon Moon, and Joseph Massey’s chapbook, Present Conditions.

Friday Reads - October 26, 2018

In anticipation of our Writers’ Process Night on November 3*, we’re revisiting our participating authors’ most recent books, which is only making us more excited to hear Camille and Peter reading and discuss their thoughts on the writing process.

*Haven’t bought your tickets yet? It’s not too late!


The poems in Camille Guthrie’s Articulated Lair were written in response to the life and work of artist Louise Bourgeois (the book’s title comes from one of Bourgeois’ 1986 installation of the same name). The poems are sculptural themselves. They are concrete, with lines constructed of their own steel and marble, while also open to allow in light, reflecting the art, the artist, and the poet all at once. Simply beautiful.


Peter Orner’s Am I Alone Here? is a fantastic collection of essays about reading and writing and being human that will appeal to rabid readers or anyone who just loves great writing. His essays wheel from funny to tender and everything in between. We love this book!

Friday Reads - August 24, 2018

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Shari is reading The Traveling Feast, by Rick Bass. A beautiful book filled with tidbits from visits with writers such as Peter Matthiessen, David Sedaris, Terry Tempest Williams, and John Berger—but also a book about creativity, inspiration, aging, loss, and time.


Rebecca is feeling peevish about the end of summer and nostalgic for Iceland even though she's never been, so is reading Names for the Sea, by Sarah Moss, a memoir about someone who decided to move to Iceland for a year. Maybe it's not the wisest thing for me to be reading right now...


Friday Reads - July 13, 2018


Rebecca is reading Donald Hall's final book of essays, A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety. I'm taking it slowly. I've reread "Solitude Double Solitude" (previously published in The New Yorker) three times already. I don't want the book to end, and for this to be the end.

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Shari just finished Andrew Sean Greer's, Less, which is perhaps the perfect summer read. It's full of travel, humor, wit, charm and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday Reads - June 8, 2018

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Shari is reading The Unspeakable, a collection of essays by the fabulous Meghan Daum.


Rebecca is reading Issue 7 of Ernest Journal. I came for the lovely essay, "On Solitude," by my dear friend, Ruth Allen, and then stayed because of all the rest of the wonderfulness packed inside, including Antarctic exploration, wild swimming, cartography, lost railway stations, and lost pies. Just add sperm whales and lost languages and it could be my perfect journal.