October’s been a busy, exciting month for Literati. We will have had roughly 26 events in total by the end of this month’s calendar, and this final week is one of our busiest. Amongst ourselves we’ve been referring to this last week of October as “The Week of Wonder.” (Alternate title: “Week of Doom,” which we mean with a joyful kind of delirium as a faithful nod to the goth tidings of the Halloween season.)
Our Literati Poetry Series is in full-swing this week: on Sunday, we’ll have poets Ken Mikolowski and Michael Laughlaun. Like Jim Harbaugh’s khaki-hued verse? On Monday evening, we host Jeff Parker, Pasha Malla, and Sean Kilpatrick. Parker and Malla wrote a book that explores “the sophisticated, sublime, and surprising performances of language made by professional athletes,” breaking the lines of Mother Sportsball’s favored children. And Kilpatrick, a Detroit poet, has had his work published in Boston Review, New York Tyrant, BOMB, Columbia Poetry Review, Fence, evergreen review, Sleepingfish, Hobart, and Best American Essays 2014. Not bad. Louise Glück comes to UMMA as part of the Zell Visiting Writers Series for a reception at booksigning on Tuesday, and we’ll be selling several of her award-winning titles. She’s the distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the Zell Writing MFA Program this fall, and winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for her terribly beautiful and sad book, Faithful and Virtuous Night. And on Friday, the 30th of October, we are graced by a visit from spooky, brilliant, wild-hearted poet Diane Seuss.
On Wednesday night, don’t miss Literati’s own Feminist Book Club (we’ll be discussing Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me.)
And on Saturday, October 31st, please arrive to the store in your bookish Halloween best. We’re having a literary-themed Halloween Costume contest and you stand to win big! Claim your rightful prizes: 1st = $100 gift card to Literati! 2nd Prize = $50 gift card! 3rd Prize = $25 gift card!
(Here’s Bookseller Russ looking like a fly Edgar Allen Poe, as inspiration for you to bring it!)