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Local Book Notes: Voices Of Protest, Being A Cop & A Dollarocracy Trifecta

1. Voices of Protest.

"The Guild Literary Complex has received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund in support of Voices of Protest, a year-long literary project that will present live, multidisciplinary events with contemporary Middle Eastern poets and emerging Chicago authors to engage issues of language as protest and words as agents of change," the GLC announced this morning.

"The project will commence in the Spring of 2014 with the Guild hosting Iraqi poetess Manal al Sheikh and Palestinian poet Mazen Maarouf, both writers currently living in exile in Scandinavian countries due to the bold and unrelenting character of their work.

"Select Chicago authors will be invited to join the project and work with the guest poets, eventually traveling to Norway to attend the Kappitel Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech.

"Upon their return to Chicago they will present their work and observations to area audiences. An anthology including all participating artists will be published at the conclusion of the project in early 2015.

"When Manal al Sheikh and Mazen Maarouf arrive in Chicago, they will be featured at the cinema house Facets Multimedia, a partner in the project. Both poets are subjects in a series of short documentary films by British filmmaker Roxana Vilk. Multiple screenings and readings will be presented, and a full schedule will be made available early 2014."

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2. On Being A Cop.

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3. Red Hen Poetry

"Dan Vera, the inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and Orlando Ricardo Menes, judge of the prize, will read at the Poetry Foundation on Thursday, October 24. A books igning and reception follow the reading," the foundation has announced.

"Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has partnered with Red Hen Press in Pasadena, California, to offer the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize in support the publication of a second or third full-length collection of poems by a Latino or Latina poet.

"Dan Vera, the winner of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, is a writer, editor and literary historian living in Washington, DC.

"In addition to his winning volume, Speaking Wiri Wiri, he is the author of The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). Vera receives a $1000 award, a contract from Red Hen Press, and a two-week residency from The Ragdale Foundation.

"Orlando Ricardo Menes directs the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame. His third full-length collection, Fetish, won the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in 2013 by the University of Nebraska Press."

The (free) program begins at 7 p.m. at the Poetry Foundation at 61 West Superior Street.

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4. Women and Children First Bookstore In Andersonville For Sale.

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5. Dollarocracy Trifecta.

You are invited to join authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney for conversation about their new book: Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America.

Three Events in Chicago October 17 Free and open to the public!

Noon - DePaul University - Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building - Lower Level Theatre 14 E Jackson Blvd.

3:30 p.m. - Columbia College - South Michigan Campus - Collins Hall Rm. 602 - 624 S. Michigan Ave.

6 p.m. - University of Chicago - International House Assembly Hall - 1414 E. 59th St.

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Comments welcome.



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