Fall for the Book Festival

Fall for the Book Festival

Monday, Oct 18, 2021 at 10:00am to Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 3:38am


Fall for the Book went virtual in 2020, bringing the festival to your fingertips- and we’re back in 2021! We’ve elevated our status quo to “on demand”; now you can settle in with your kids to watch a live, interactive event, or get a front row seat to a talk with a writer who lives half world away; no plane ticket required.


10:00am: Fall for the Book Podcast feat. Richard Washer & The Rose Theatre Actors - via Soundcloud

Richard Washer, resident playwright at The Rose Theatre Company discusses his new play, Dubliners in Exile after actors perform a scene. In the play, James Joyce wakes up disoriented from a deep sleep to a timeless world at once strange and yet familiar where he knows something important needs to get done quickly, but he can’t remember what it is. As he searches for clues, an ever-changing procession of circumstances and characters distract and confuse him. Will he remember in time?

An in-person reading of Dubliners in Exile will occur at The Rose Theatre on October 19 and 20th. Link to purchase tickets coming soon. Performances and First Draft events are free-of-charge, no tickets necessary but seats can be saved via this link: https://www.rosetheatre.net/contact/seats

12:00pm: Bring Your Best Friend - via Crowdcast

Deep friendships are life affirming, hard work, and messy. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, authors of Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, and hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, use humor and honesty to talk about their own friendship: it’s joys and pitfalls, and how close friendships are often the most influential relationship in one’s life. Roxanne Gay says, “This is the kind of book that makes you want to reach out to your best, biggest friends to say thank you, thank you, thank you for walking in this world with me.” Sponsored by the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and Integrative Studies.

7:00pm: Conjuring the Past: Artifacts of Memory - via Crowdcast

Two women search for meaning by parsing the artifacts of their family and cultural lives. In White Magic: Essays, Elissa Washuta confronts both her past drug addiction and her struggle of being a Native woman by examining her culture’s spirituality, modern love, and influences like The Oregon Trail II and Twin Peaks. Time Magazine calls the collection “Electric.” Although Lilly Dancyger’s memories of her heroin-addicted parents are rosy, when she looks closer, she sees a different truth. Using her father’s provocative artwork as a guide, Dancyger learns who he really was. Carmen Maria Machado calls her memoir Negative Space, “A lovely and heartbreaking book.”

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