Upcoming Events

AMITAV GHOSH

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 pm
Grace-Trinity Community Church
1430 West 28th Street, Minneapolis

Join us as the award-winning author of the bestselling Ibis trilogy presents Gun Island (FSG), a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family and heritage. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP here and you’ll be entered in our prize raffle at the event!

Gun Island and other Amitav Ghosh books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and the author will sign books; pre-purchase your copy HERE and we’ll have it waiting for you at the event along with reserved seating!

About Gun Island

On a visit to his birthplace, Kolkata, a Brooklyn-based dealer in rare books finds his life becoming entangled with an ancient legend about the goddess of snakes, Manasa Devi. While visiting a temple, deep within the vast mangrove forests of Bengal, he has a disturbing encounter with the most feared, and revered, of Indian snakes, a King Cobra. This is followed by a series of increasingly uncanny episodes that seem to dissolve the borders of the human and non-human.

Peopled with a diverse cast of characters, and set in places that range from the Sundarbans to Los Angeles and Venice, Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island is a beautifully realized novel that effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

“With sweeping exuberant style and extraordinary linguistic facility, Amitav Ghosh takes us into a world where desperate refugees trickle through borders like water from melting ice, but where massing animals find no escapes . . . This important novel is an account of our current world, the one few writers have had the courage to face.”
—Annie Proulx

“Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island is an extraordinary reading experience from one of our greatest living storytellers. Ghosh masterfully collocates disparate worlds to create a story of family, self, history, and destiny. I’m in awe.”
—Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others

About the author

Amitav Ghosh is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Ibis trilogy, which includes Sea of Poppies (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire, all published by FSG. His other books include the novels The Circle of Reason, which won the Prix Médicis étranger, and The Glass Palace, as well as the 2016 nonfiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. Ghosh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2007, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, and received the Jnanpith Award in 2019.

DANIEL BORZUTZKY and STEVE HEALEY

Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 pm
Free and open to the public!
Hook & Ladder Theater, Mission Room
3010 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis

Pre-purchase your book here!

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Join us as we kick off our Fall 2019 season with two stellar poets! This event serves as the book launch for Twin Cities poet Steve Healey's newest collection, Safe Houses I Have Known . . .

As a child during the height of the Cold War, Steve Healey learned that his father was a spy for the CIA. In his riveting new book, the anxiety of growing up is compounded by both national and family secrets, and a paranoid childhood bleeds into adulthood.

. . . as well as a chance for our community to celebrate a longtime comrade in the poetry world, National Book Award-winning poet and translator (and child of Chilean immigrants) Daniel Borzutzky . . .

The bay of Valparaiso merges into the western shore of Lake Michigan, where Borzutzky continues his poetic investigation into the political and economic violence shared by Chicago and Chile, two places integral to his personal formation.

. . . all this plus the debut of the Fall print issue of Rain Taxi, a rocking good time at the Hook & Ladder, and it’s free and open to the public! Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.


Pre-purchase books and we’ll have them waiting for you at the event!
All prices include tax, and advance purchasers get reserved seating. Books will also be for sale onsite. Every book purchase helps us offset our costs, and gives you a treasured work of literature. Get it signed by the author, too!


About the Poets

Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator. His latest books are Lake Michigan (Pitt Poetry Series), a finalist for the 2018 International Griffin Poetry Prize, and The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press), winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy and The Book of Interfering Bodies. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia won the 2017 National Translation Award; other translations include Raúl Zurita’s The Country of Planks and Song for His Disappeared Love, and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl. He lives in Chicago and teaches in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“Daniel Borzutzky makes writing about bureaucratic nation-states interesting. We, as the reader, observe communities utterly destroyed, and we are left to question why and how and why and how humans let this happen. In particular, the bay of Valparaiso merges into the western shore of Lake Michigan, which exemplifies the horrors that happen on American soil and international soil alike—and how they are connected—and drawing the lines between the personal and political poignantly. This is a collection not to miss.”
—Luna Luna

Steve Healey’s new book of poetry, Safe Houses I Have Known (Coffee House Press), will be published this September, just in time for this book launch. Healey is the author of two previous books of poetry, 10 Mississippi and Earthling, both from Coffee House Press. His poems have been published in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and The Nation, and in several anthologies, most recently The New Census: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. He’s a professor of English and Creative Writing at Minneapolis College.

“With skillfully rendered domestic detail and tension, Steve Healey’s Safe Houses I Have Known discloses that there is scant buffer between civilian life and espionage. Rupture, as documented here, is silent—from private childhood shame, muted haiku of cartoon violence, to critical erasures of CIA interrogation protocols. Through such uneasy quiet, Healey’s chilling collection confides that conflict is intimate, no matter how much language a global superpower encodes to insist otherwise.”
—Douglas Kearney