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Friday Roundup

Twelve fun links from around the web. A rare interview: Annie Proulx on her new book. Want to learn the secrets of a book designer? Lucy Ives on Margaret the First and “archival fiction.” Missed Forrest Gander at our Neruda event? Here he is chatting about Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda on All Things […]

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Ask the Curator: How Do You Choose?

Have you ever wondered how or why a particular writer is chosen to speak at a SAL event? Rebecca Hoogs is answering curation questions on Sonder! Send questions to Alison Stagner at astagner@lectures.org with “Ask the Curator” in the subject line, and we’ll pick our favorites to respond to. By Rebecca Hoogs, SAL’s Associate Director How do you choose? […]

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On Claudia Rankine and Citizen

By Gabrielle Bates “The route is often associative.” —Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric [Yes, and] When I was a little girl in Birmingham, Alabama, wracked with shame over some transgression I can no longer remember, I asked my father how, when faced with a choice, to know which decision is the right one. He […]

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5 Questions: Nichole Coates, WITS Program Associate

Meet Nichole Coates, SAL’s brand new WITS Program Associate! Passionate about supporting the talents, aspirations and abilities of youth from all backgrounds, she has spent the last several years teaching literacy, leadership and social emotional learning to youth in communities from Wisconsin to White Center. We asked Nichole five questions about her new role with WITS, how […]

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Friday Roundup

Twelve fun links from around the web. This is what the SAL office looks like everyday. Missing Linda Pastan’s elegant voice after her November reading? “How do we know when a photographer caters to life and not to some previous prejudice?” Finally, a book club you don’t have to leave the house for. Florian Schulz […]

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Friday Roundup

Twelve fun links from around the web. For your Friday listening pleasure, Teju Cole has created a Spotify playlist of Nigerian music called Liquid Grooves of Lagos. While we’re at it, how beautifully eerie is his Flickr account? Jacqueline Woodson has her April reading picks up as Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate. What Station Eleven looks like to Eastern […]

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Teacher Feature: Daemond Arrindell

“Ever since Daemond started coming to my third period class, I have found a healthy way to express my emotions and thoughts. I look forward to being taught by him every Friday and learning why writing poetry really matters.” These words come from a ninth-grade WITS student at Franklin High; they’re only a minute sampling of […]

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On Emily St. John Mandel and Station Eleven

By Justine Chan A few months after the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, my family and I took our usual summer family trip there. For some bizarre reason, the travel package even threw in a free month-long stay at the gaudy Metropole Hotel, the “epicenter” of the SARS outbreak. And so, my parents stayed there […]

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Five Questions: Lannan, SAL’s Mascot

Although she makes it look effortless, being an office dog at a literary arts organization isn’t all naps and kibbles. We sat down with Lannan, Executive Director Ruth Dickey’s new pup, to ask the real questions about life as SAL’s mascot. Here are her tips for success, along with a surprising personal motto (hint: it […]

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Five Questions: Colleen Rain & Neil Tennyson, SAL Volunteers

Rebecca Hoogs calls the extraordinary husband and wife duo, Colleen Rain and Neil Tennyson, “the wonder vols behind it all.” Dedicated SAL volunteers for the past several years, they’ve mastered the details, small and large, that help make our events memorable. Here, they share their behind-the-scenes involvement (from wine to auctioneering to book arches), what books are currently […]

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