All events listed below take place online. Please visit the organizers’ websites for details.

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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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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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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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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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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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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