2021 Rain Taxi Readings

TOI DERICOTTE & DAWN LUNDY MARTIN

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Poets Toi Derricotte and Dawn Lundy Martin gave stirring readings from their chapbook, A Bruise is a Figure of Remembrance, discussing the collaborative process with Rain Taxi editor, Eric Lorberer. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

DAMION SEARLS

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Translator Damion Searls discussed his new translation of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, which also included the letters from the "young poet." This fascinating conversation followed Searls's decision-making as a translator, comparing his choices with others who translated the work. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

NIN ANDREWS & DENISE DUHAMEL

Tuesday, February 4, 2021


Poets Nin Andrews and Denise Duhamel had a rousing and arousing dialogue interspersed with readings from their respective new releases, The Last Orgasm and Second Story. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

PETER GIZZI with OCEAN VUONG

Wednesday, February 10, 2021


Poet Peter Gizzi discussed his new collection of poetry, Now It’s Dark (Wesleyan University Press) with fellow poet Ocean Vuong. Nearly 700 people across the world joined in to hear a fascinating discussion on the power of poetry in response to sadness, grieving, beauty, and light. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

JOHN JENNINGS AND DAVID BRAME

Wednesday, February 16, 2021


Jennings and Brame discussed the process of collaboration and the long road to an exciting new imprint of graphic novels showcasing speculative works by and about people of color. Their debut graphic novel from MEGASCOPE, After the Rain, is an adaptation from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award–winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

ANDRE GREGORY

Wednesday, February 18, 2021


Famed director André Gregory discussed his new book, This Is Not My Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) with Twin Cities actor and director Christina Baldwin. The two had a lively discussion about Gregory’s work, the role of art during a pandemic, and the importance of empathy in creating and sustaining a creative career. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

VICTOR L. WOOTEN

Wednesday, February 23, 2021


Grammy-award winning bassist Victor L. Wooten was joined by MPR radio host and musician Sean McPherson to discuss his latest book, The Spirit of Music, a tribute to the relationship that has sustained him all his life. The two dug deep into the need to save music and the planet. This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

MICHELLE NIJHUIS

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Acclaimed science writer Michelle Nijhuis discussed her new book, Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction with writer, artist, and historian Jenny Price. The two talked about the biggest names in the conservation movement throughout history and ways to combat the extinction of animal species.
This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

CLAUDIA ZOE BEDRICK & PING ZHU

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The publisher of Enchanted Lion Books, Claudia Zoe Bedrick, and illustrator Ping Zhu celebrated their new picture book release, The Snail with the Right Heart, a gorgeously illustrated nonfiction tale written by Maria Popova about creation, evolution, and a snail named Jeremy. Author, essayist, and editor Bruce Handy moderated the conversation, which covered the challenges of illustrating, editing, and more.
This event was virtual and can be seen at Rain Taxi's Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

TIMOTHY BRENNAN

Tuesday, March 23, 2021


University of Minnesota professor Timothy Brennan discussed his latest biography Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said with acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly. The animated conversation covered Said’s multifaceted life as he juggled his many talents as literary critic, public intellectual, political activist, and gifted pianist. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

SESSHU FOSTER and ARTURO ERNESTO ROMO

Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Collaborators Foster and Romo discuss their creation of the polyphonic and genre-busting Eladatl: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, a unique counter narrative "history" of East LA that gives voice to the underrepresented populations of that city. Joining them for this conversation is novelist Karen Tei Yamashita. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

NATE POWELL

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

National Book Award-winning cartoonist Nate Powell (whose work includes illustrating civil rights icon John Lewis’s historic March trilogy) discussed his newest collection of comics essays, Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Abrams ComicArts). Powell talked with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer about his inspiration for writing this book in the wake of the last five years, as well as his creative process. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

TED RALL & PABLO CALLEJO

Tuesday, April 20, 2021


Cartoonist, essayist, and graphic novelist Ted Rall and Spanish graphic artist Pablo Callejo talked with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer about their newest trans-continental collaboration The Stringer (NBM). The two discussed the challenges and rewards of bringing ideas into pictures and the inspirations behind this timely novel about the business of war. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Despite a slightly cloudy Saturday, Independent Bookstore Day wrapped up a week of outstanding support from the Twin Cities book community for the stores we love! With the help of Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport, thousands of readers discovered all the goodness the bookstores in their cities have to offer. With the new week-long format, many said they were able to complete the marathon more easily and the stamps they collected tell the story—they’ll be back! Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating this (hopefully!) unique year of perusing our wonderful purveyors. See more here.


 

KIM TODD & KATHRYN NUERNBERGER

Tuesday, April 27, 2021


Two Minnesota authors celebrated new books about women in history. Kathryn Nuernberger (The Witch of Eye, Sarabande) and Kim Todd (Sensational: The Hidden History Of America's “Girl Stunt Reporters," Harper) discussed the challenges, biases, and violence suffered by women who aspired to live outside the accepted norms, be they stunt reporters or accused witches. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

OLIVIA LAING

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


On Tuesday, May 5, 2021, Rain Taxi Review of Books presented a lunchtime event with renowned British writer Olivia Laing in celebration of her new book, Everybody: A Book About Freedom (Norton). At this ticketed event, Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer served as a conduit for crowd-sourced questions for Laing collected in advance. They discussed the politics of vaccination, the oppression of certain bodies in our society, and Laing’s unique writing process, among other things.


 

RIKKI DUCORNET

Thursday, May 6, 2021


Acclaimed author and artist Rikki Ducornet discussed her new novel, Trafik (Coffee House Press) with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer. The two discussed this mind-bending science fiction novel which explores identity, existence, and erotic independence with surrealist flourish. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

CHRIS BOHJALIAN

Monday, May 10, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian discussed his new novel Hour of the Witch (Doubleday) with Minnesota Book Award winner Sheila O’Connor. This lively and erudite conversation focussed on the intense research that produced this timely novel, set in 1662 Puritan Massachusetts, following the life and trial of a woman who faced the superstitions and bigotry of her time. The event was co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and Literature Lovers Night Out. Book sales were provided by Valley Booksellers. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

CHARLES BERNSTEIN in conversation with TONYA M. FOSTER

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


New York poet Charles Bernstein discussing his new book Topsy-Turvy (University of Chicago Press) with fellow poet Tonya M. Foster. The two had a lively discussion about poetics and how poetry can combine comedy and grief to express the upside-down nature of our existence, especially in the last few years. Book sales were provided by Magers & Quinn Booksellers. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

ADRIAN MATEJKA with Nicholas Galanin and Kevin Neireiter

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Acclaimed poet Adrian Matejka celebrated the imminent release of his collaborative work inspired by two classic Funkadelic albums, Standing On the Verge & Maggot Brain (Third Man Books). Matejka was joined by visual artists Nicholas Galanin and Kevin Neireiter who provided the poetry- and funk-inspired artwork for this special double-sided flip book. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

CURTIS SITTENFELD with Betsy Hodges

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Rain Taxi Review of Books presented author Curtis Sittenfeld and former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges in celebration of the paperback edition of Sittenfeld's novel Rodham, which imagines a world in which 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton never married Bill Clinton and instead pursued her own political career. The two discussed the difficulties of women running for office, especially executive leadership, and how the current political landscape informed this novel of alternate history. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

NATHANIEL MACKEY with Joseph Donahue

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Rain Taxi Review of Books presented acclaimed epic poet Nathaniel Mackey celebrating the publication of his box set publication Double Trio (New Directions) and a double CD Fugitive Equation, an album of sound and word exploration. Mackey was joined by poet Joseph Donahue, and the two discussed the intricate interplay of words and music. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.


 

ARTHUR SZE

Thursday, June 17, 2021


Rain Taxi Review of Books presented award-winning poet Arthur Sze to celebrate the publication of his new and collected poems The Glass Constellation (Copper Canyon Press). Sze was joined by Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer to discuss the arc of Sze’s 50-year journey in poetry. This event can be viewed on Rain Taxi’s Crowdcast channel or on Rain Taxi's Youtube channel.