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October 2016

Impossible Language

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ongoing contemporary poetry series organized by Ashley Roach-Freiman.

Visiting Writer Robert Olen Butler

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Robert Olen Butler, author of the novel Perfume River, which examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.

September 2016

Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with the author of the best-selling memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming,” Jacqueline Woodson, as she shares with us her lyrical new novel, “Another Brooklyn.”

August 2016

Working Writer’s Cocktail Hour, 5th ed.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

the back-to-school edition. for writers.
in the interests of continuing to further cultivate and connect the writing community of Memphis, story booth is hosting the 5th edition of Crosstown Arts‘ Working Writers’ Cocktail Hour, on Wednesday, August 24, from 5:30 to 7 pm, in conjunction with sponsor Memphis Daily News.
all writers who live and work in Memphis—whether writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, art writing, music writing—are invited to visit story booth for an hour (or ….

Tommy Kha: A Real Imitation Booksigning

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a reading, signing, and sale of “A Real Imitation” (Ain’t Bad) with New York/Memphis-based artist Tommy Kha.

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Tommy Kha felt a pervasive alienation from his surroundings and was often mistaken for a tourist or ‘foreigner.’ Gesturing to his eyes, strangers would inquire about his ethnicity. As he approached adolescence, these inquiries evolved into questions concerning his sexuality, adding a new layer to his perceived outsider status. These experiences ….

July 2016

Memphis ZineFest 2016

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us to see and purchase new zines created by community workshop participants, story booth workshop participants, and professional “zinesters” from Memphis and beyond!
Featured vendors (as of July 10)
Rickie & Aimee
Grrl Punch Magazine
Porceline Teeth Zines
WWW (Courtney & Adele)
Stuffed Animal
Eric C
We have about 10-15 table spaces for local vendors, please email Erica Qualy (ericaqualy@yahoo.com) to reserve your spot!

Zine Workshop

07/25/16 – 07/29/16
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

this workshop gives participants the chance to write(design/draw/collage, etc.) and self-publish an original “zine,” and then to display their work at our second-annual ZineFest on Friday, July 29, alongside the work of professional “zinesters” from Memphis and beyond. participants will develop and display their creative writing and art and design skills, and they’ll leave with a better understanding of the elements and power of DIY publishing. participants will also design a collaborative zine during the week, so that each participant ….

Community Zine-Making Workshop

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Don’t know what a “zine” is? Never made one before? Do you want to but just don’t have the means?
Learn a little about the history of zine making and zine culture. Meet other zine-sters in the Memphis area and get inspired!
Basic zine-making supplies will be provided, but if you can, please BYOScissors.
Free admission, all ages
Led by artist Erica S. Qualy

Would you like to volunteer your time or donate some of your old zine-making supplies? We need people ….

Write Lab

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WRITE LAB is an opportunity for those who want to begin writing creatively, or for those who already are, who would like feedback on their work from peers and from a professional fiction writer, in a workshop setting. participants will learn how to give and receive constructive criticism on their written work, an essential and invaluable skill for any serious writer. participants must commit to at least one two-week block of time to participate. a book of all the critiqued ….

Visiting Writer Donald Ray Pollock

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Crosstown Arts and the Booksellers at Laurelwood present Visiting Writer Donald Ray Pollock upon the release of his newest  novel, The Heavenly Table.

From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.
It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ….

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