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September 23rd Elevenses with the Reps

Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd at 11:00 am for a virtual event with our publisher sales reps. Grab your tea, late breakfast, or early lunch and tune in to hear our sales reps talk about their current book recommendations.

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Ross Gay presents “Be Holding: A Poem”

Be Holding is a love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving--known as Dr. J--who dominated courts in the 1970s and '80s as a small forward for the Philadelphia '76ers. But this book-length poem is more than just an ode to a magnificent athlete. Through a kind of lyric research, or lyric meditation, Ross Gay connects Dr. J's famously impossible move from the 1980 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers to pick-up basketball and the flying Igbo and the Middle Passage, to photography and surveillance and state violence, to music and personal histories of flight and familial love.

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Yamile Saied Méndez reads from “Furia” with Maria Padian

A powerful, #ownvoices contemporary YA for fans of The Poet X and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.

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Lee Child, with contributors Joyce Carol Oates and David L. Ulin, discusses “The Nicotine Chronicles”

In recent years, nicotine has become as verboten as many hard drugs. The literary styles in this volume are as varied as the moral quandaries herein, and the authors have successfully unleashed their incandescent imaginations on the subject matter, fashioning an immensely addictive collection.Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine's scintillating alter egos.

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Jason Diamond, in conversation with Alana Levinson, discusses “The Sprawl”

For decades the suburbs have been where art happens despite: despite the conformity, the emptiness, the sameness. Time and again, the story is one of gems formed under pressure and that resentment of the suburbs is the key ingredient for creative transcendence. But what if, contrary to that, the suburb has actually been an incubator for distinctly American art, as positively and as surely as in any other cultural hothouse?

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September 25th Ask A Bookseller

Two of your DIESEL booksellers will be going live on Crowdcast to talk with you. They'll be taking your questions about books, what they're reading, or anything you'd like to ask them.

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David Davis, with Ron Kovic, discusses “Wheels of Courage”

Wheels of Courage reveals the inspiring story of the world's first wheelchair athletes: U.S. soldiers, sailors, and Marines who were paralyzed on the battlefield during World War II. They organized the first-ever wheelchair basketball teams within V.A. hospitals after the war, which quickly spread across the nation and changed the perception and treatment of disabled people. This book follows the lives of three of these vets, describing their time in the military, their injuries, their recovery, and their role in creating wheelchair basketball.

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Elizabeth Lesser, in conversation with Sally Field, discusses “Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes”

What story would Eve have told about picking the apple? Why is Pandora blamed for opening the box? And what about the fate of Cassandra who was blessed with knowing the future but cursed so that no one believed her? What if women had been the storytellers? Elizabeth Lesser believes that if women's voices had been equally heard and respected throughout history, humankind would have followed different hero myths and guiding stories--stories that value caretaking, champion compassion, and elevate communication over vengeance and violence.

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Los Angeles Libros Festival

Los Angeles Libros Festival, a free bilingual book festival for the whole family, will offer a full day of entertainment for all ages featuring Spanish-language and bilingual storytelling, performances, workshops, and award-winning authors. The program includes the participation of 123 Andrés, Meg Medina, Margarita Engle, Raúl the Third, Juana Martinez-Neal, Pablo Cartaya, Anika Aldamuy Denise, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Olga Loya, among many other wonderful artists.

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Joan Steidinger presents “Stand Up and Shout Out: Women’s Fight for Equal Pay, Equal Rights, and Equal Opportunities in Sports”

Today, women have greater opportunities to participate in sport than ever before, particularly due to the passage of Title IX in 1972. Yet, despite all this growth, women still struggle to hold leadership positions, become coaches of both girls and boys teams, receive equal pay, and get even adequate coverage in the media. In Stand Up and Shout Out: Women's Fight for Equality in Sports, Joan Steidinger explores the three crucial areas in sport that remain huge concerns for women: leadership, money, and media.

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Vroman’s Local Author Day – Crowdcast edition featuring Melissa Fischer and Marilyn N. Robertson

Melissa Fischer presents The Advocacy Eliciting the eros of subtle presence, Melissa Fischer wrests poetry from the caustic cauldron of Obuasi, a mining boomtown in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. West Africa Gold dams the Gyimi River, stagnating the water source of Gyimiso Kakraba, a village of subsistence farmers who refuse to accept a modern world that has forsaken the art of human connection. Compelled by the devastation of water-borne diseases, Gyimiso Kakraba enlists Louisa Lehmann, a civil engineer and Peace Corps volunteer, to intercede on their behalf. Lehmann exudes pride in her profession, honors her fluid gender, and yields to the greatest lesson of all taught by the people of Gyimiso Kakraba deep in Ghana's equatorial forest. Marilyn N. Robertson presents Noir Librarian Here are deft, appealing poems with a swath of mischief, a dash of humor and ample humanity, perfect for those who still need to be convinced that 1) poetry does not have to be boring; 2) poetry does not have to be incomprehensible; 3) poetry does not have to resemble raw, unskilled spillage of emotions and happenstance. And, further, here are poems for librarians, any librarians, and for those who've ever even met, even seen a Read More ...

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Janna Ireland discusses “Regarding Paul R. Williams”

Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View is a photographic exploration of the work of the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi River. Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, Paul Revere Williams was a Los Angeles native who built a wildly successful career as an architect decades before the Civil Rights Movement. He designed municipal buildings and private homes as well as banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. He designed public housing projects and mansions for celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. In 1923, Williams became the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, nearly forty years after his death, he became the first Black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.

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Shani Mootoo, in conversation with Julie Enszer, discusses “Polar Vortex”

Polar Vortex is a seductive and tension-filled novel about Priya and Alex, a lesbian couple who left the big city to relocate to a bucolic countryside community. It seemed like a good way to leave their past behind and cement their newish, later-in-life relationship. But there's leaving the past behind--and then there's running away from awkward histories.

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Salvation Canyon: a Book Talk with Ed Rosenthal & Elena Karina Byrne

10 years ago, poet and real estate broker Ed Rosenthal found himself stranded in the high desert after a hike that took him off the beaten path. In his new book, Salvation Canyon, Rosenthal relates a harrowing story of survival that left him forever changed. At this virtual book release celebration, Rosenthal will read excerpts from Salvation Canyon and be interviewed by acclaimed poet Elena Karina Byrne.

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Louis Cannizzaro, in conversation with Gregory Siff, discusses “There Once Was a Girl Who Created a World”

Slip into the remarkable world of Louis XXX's visual poetry, which finds simplicity in the infinite and infinity in the simple. Self-published poet and painter Louis Cannizzaro invites you into a universe of playful and haunting poetry with There Once Was a Girl Who Created a World, his most enchanting collection to date. Using his famous and immediately recognizable art and resonant poetry, Cannizzaro paints a world that is sometimes whimsical and sometimes poignant, often set in a city, under the stars, or the bright afternoon sun. (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

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Ellis Cose discusses The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America

Free speech has long been one of American's most revered freedoms. Yet now, more than ever, free speech is reshaping America's social and political landscape even as it is coming under attack. Bestselling author and critically acclaimed journalist Ellis Cose wades into the debate to reveal how this Constitutional right has been coopted by the wealthy and politically corrupt.

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Lara Ehrlich discusses “Animal Wife” with Amber Sparks

Animal Wife is composed of fifteen stories unified by girls and women seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. They address the complexities of transitioning from innocence to experience and take on the anxiety of motherhood. The majority of the stories are set in an off-kilter version of our world, where the fantastical can exist side by side with—and reveal the absurdities of—the mundane. They often include monsters, mothers, and monstrous mothers.

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Book Soup presents Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

The legendary frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, celebrates five decades of heavy metal in this tell-all memoir.Most priests hear confessions. This one is making his.

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Lenny Kravitz discusses “Let Love Rule”

LENNY KRAVITZ is singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. His style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads. Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002, breaking the record for most wins in that category and setting the record for most consecutive wins in one category by a male

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Rebecca Roanhorse reads from “Black Sun”

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

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David Byrne and Maira Kalman discuss “American Utopia”

From former Talking Heads frontman and multimedia visionary David Byrne and revered bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman–an inspiring celebration in words and art of the connections between us all. The Spike Lee film adaptation of the Broadway hit American Utopia airs on HBO in Fall 2020.

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Cooking demo & conversation with Christopher Kimball

Throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients with 200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street.

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