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October 2019

“Navigating the Divide” West Coast Launch Party

October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista
Corte Madera, CA 94925 United States

Join us for a West Coast launch party for Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s Navigating the Divide. The official East Coast launch party for all three titles can be found HERE

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin. In poetry and prose that is sometimes profoundly personal, sometimes astoundingly surreal, this world traveler and devoted literary explorer breaks down walls, bridges, cultures, and genres, delighting and instructing the reader. This rich, multi-faceted collection really does “navigate the divide” between spiritual and physical, between thought and desire, between identity and others.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, and novelist. She is the author of two poetry collections, two novels, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a travel guidebook. Her literary honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and various travel writing, poetry, and fiction awards. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. As the founder of Left Coast Writers, Watanabe McFerrin has taught and mentored a long list of writers and is a beloved figure in California’s rich, historic literary culture. She has led workshops around the world, and with ASP author Joanna Biggar, she co-founded the Wanderland Writers series of workshops and anthologies, which they co-edit.

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Reuben Jackson Reading at the Maglianero Cafe

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maglianero Cafe, 47 Maple Street
Burlington, VT 05401 United States

Poet and jazz scholar, Reuben Jackson, will be reading and speaking at the Maglianero Cafe as part of the Young Writers Project.

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Reuben Jackson to Host Reading and Book Signing at Bear Pond Books

October 8 @ 7:00 pm
Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

Poet and jazz scholar, Reuben Jackson will read from his latest work and host a signing at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT.

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Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin to Read at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA (Moderated by Leslie Pietrzyk)

October 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St.
Arlington, VA 22205 United States

Writing collaborators, travel partners, and friends Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin will read together from their respective new books (Melanie’s Song and Navigating the Divide) at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA on October 8th.

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2019 ASP Book Launch (Reuben Jackson, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar)

October 10 @ 7:30 pm
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815 United States

ASP’s 2019 book launch and literary bash will include readings from the three featured authors (Reuben Jackson, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, and Joanna Biggar) snacks and refreshments, signings, and very interesting company. Brandon D. Johnson introduces Reuben Jackson; Grace Cavalieri introduces Linda Watanabe McFerrin; James J. Patterson introduces Joanna Biggar.

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Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson Reading Poetry for DiVerse Gaithersburg

October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 United States

Rose Solari and Reuben Jackson will be reading their poetry alongside sculptor and poet, Jay Hall Carpenter as part of the DiVerse Gaithersburg poetry series.

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Literary Agent Andy Ross In Conversation about “Navigating the Divide”

October 14 @ 6:00 pm
Book Passage, Ferry Plaze, Ferry Building, One, #42
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States

Linda Watanabe McFerrin and literary agent Andy Ross in conversation on the process of publishing and Linda’s newest book “Navigating the Divide”.

Andy Ross will provide valuable insight from an agent’s perspective and Linda Watanabe McFerrin from an author’s.

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Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s Pre-Halloween Celebration and Giveaway

October 25 @ 7:00 pm
A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611 United States

Linda Watanabe McFerrin will read the spookiest passages of her work during this festive celebration and giveaway at A Great Good Place for Books.

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Reuben Jackson to host screening of “It Must Schwing- The Blue Note Story” followed by a Q & A

October 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, 60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT 05401 United States

Poet and Jazz Scholar Reuben Jackson will host a screening of the documentary film “It Must Schwing – The Blue Note Story” at the Vermont International Film Festival in October.

 

“In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakeable recording style and sound.

Blue Note Records discovered and produced an impressive roster of international jazz stars. This included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracised, Blue Note records respected them as artists and equals. Not only did the label value their talents, it also gave them a much-needed platform. „It Must Schwing!“ tells the moving story of two friends, united by a passionate love for jazz, and of their profound belief in equality and freedom for every single human being.”
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Linda Watanabe McFerrin to Read at Copperfield’s in Novato, CA

October 26 @ 5:00 pm
Copperfield’s Books (novata), 999 Grant Avenue
Novato, CA 94945 United States

Linda Watanabe McFerrin will read from her new Legacy Book, Navigating the Divide at Copperfield’s Books in Novato, California.

Navigating the Divide

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November 2019

Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar in Conversation about Author-Editor Relationships

November 4 @ 7:00 pm
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista
Corte Madera, CA 94925 United States

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose, and Joanna Biggar, author of Melanie’s Song, in conversation about the relationships between authors and editors. Each author contributed greatly to one another’s books.

Navigating the Divide Melanie’s Song Wanderland Writers

 

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Reuben Jackson and Brian G. Gilmore at Politics & Prose

November 17 @ 1:00 pm
Politics and Prose at Union Market, 1270 5th St NE
Washington, MD 20002 United States

Reuben Jackson and Brian G. Gilmore will be reading from their work at Politics & Prose. The authors will speak to the audience and read from their work, then the forum will open for a Q&A period. The Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

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Reuben Jackson Reading at Northshire Books

November 23 @ 6:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255 United States

Reuben Jackson will be reading from his newest poetry on November 23rd at Northshire Books in Manchester, VT.

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December 2019

Reuben Jackson and Rose Solari Reading and Q&A at The American Poetry Museum in DC

December 14 @ 3:00 pm
American Poetry Museum, 716 Monroe St NE #25
Washington, DC 20017 United States

Poet and jazz scholar, Reuben Jackson along with poet and novelist, Rose Solari, will be giving a reading at The American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC followed by a Question and Answer period.

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