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Selected Previous Bookstore &
Book Festival Events

Search for Meaning Book Festival
School of Theology and Ministry
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue, Capitol Hill
Seattle, Washington

Saturday, February 15, 2014
I was one of 45 authors (including the brilliant Katherine Boo, as well as my friends Sonora Jha, Brenda Miller and María de Lourdes Victoria) at this annual, one-day celebration of the exploration of faith, spirituality, and "dedication to a life lived with and for others." It was one of the most inspiring days I've had in a long time; I was grateful to be part of it.

Get Lit! Literary Festival
Reading with Aaron Bobrow-Strain
Saturday, April 14, 2012
4:30 to 5:30 p
m
Riverpoint Campus, Phase 1 Auditorium, Room 122
Eastern Washington University
Spokane, Washington
The theme for Get Lit! 2012 was "Capture the World," and the genre focus is "crime fiction." Hmmm. I can see how No Word for Welcome fit both these themes. In addition to my reading, I gave a Saturday morning workshop for a packed room of more than thirty enthusiastic writers. Two years later, I learned that a poem created by one of those writers in that workshop had made it into her latest collection. Wonderful news!

Reading, Discussion, and Signing
Virginia Festival of the Book
Barnes & Noble
1035A Emmet Street
Charlottesville, Virginia

Thursday, March 22, 2012
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Many thanks to the 45 book-lovers who chose to spend a gorgeous spring afternoon inside; to my co-presenter, novelist Robert Sanabria; and to our most thoughful moderator, Beatriz Ruizpalacios. My first event in Virginia and my first in, um, Nookville.

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
sponsored by One Equal Heart
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle Washington 98122
Monday, January 9, 2012
7:00 pm

Local solidarity organization One Equal Heart sponsored a discussion of No Word for Welcome. It was a real honor to discuss the book with the 70+ attendees, and to share the stage with Román Cruz, whose story is featured in the book.

Words • Images • Stories: No Word for Welcome
Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe
The Creamery Building, 701 P Street, Suite 102
Lincoln, Nebraska
Friday, October 28, 2011
6:00 pm

This beautful bookstore was founded on the desire to have a bilingual English-Spanish kids' storytime. Its generous spirit shines brightly. From the gifts they gave me (store mug and book bag!) to a lovely dinner with both the store's ownwer and manager after my reading. Many thanks to the store; Macondo friends Amelia Montes, Belinda Acosta and Joy Castro; and Rhonda Mitchell and Cara Pesek from University of Nebraska Press for attending!

"The Art of Nonfiction," a panel discussion with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Hugh Raffles, facilitated by George Getschow
Texas Book Festival
Book TV Tent
Austin, Texas
Sunday, October 23, 2011
1:30 to 2:30 pm

It was an honor to participate in one of the country's biggest and best book festivals (in spite of, ahem, its founder....). George Getschow fostered a rich exchange among Hugh, Sharifa and me. You can see the archived C-SPAN Book-TV broadcast here. (Our panel begins 2 hours and 30 minutes into the recording; just move the bar at the bottom of the screen to get there.)

Reading and Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Resistencia Bookstore
1801-A South First Street
Austin, Texas 78704
Friday, October 21, 2011
7:00 pm

Since 2007 I've been a member of the San Antonio-based Macondo Writers' Workshop. For far longer than that, the crucially important Resistencia Bookstore has been a great friend of Macondo. Many thanks to la Familia en Resistencia for a particularly rich discussion of my book.

No Word for Welcome: Images and Stories
with Jacob Wheeler, author of Between Light and Shadow
Wisconsin Book Festival
Overture Center for the Arts Rotunda
Madison, Wisconsin
Thursday, October 20, 2011
5:30 to 6:30 pm

I shared the stage with a fellow University of Nebraska Press author, whose brave book I deeply admire.

No Word for Welcome Reading / Discussion
with Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English

Prairie Lights Bookstore
15 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
7:00 pm
My friend and fellow writer Midge Raymond traveled all the way from Ashland, Oregon to connect with me in Iowa, where I was spending the month of October at the beautiful Cornell College. It was a joy to complete a ten-stop, five-state run of events shared with Midge at this oh-so-storied bookstore on the prairie. The event was broadcast live on the university radio station and will be available soon via podcast. Stay tuned!

Words • Images • Stories: No Word for Welcome
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sunday, October 16, 2011
4:00 pm

I am grateful to the Minnesota Society for Conservation Biology for co-hosting a lovely afternoon at a lovely bookstore!

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion : No Word for Welcome
Boswell Book Company

2559 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211
Thursday, October 13, 2011

7:00 pm
No bookstore in the country will host you better than Boswell!

Reading from No Word for Welcome
with writer Renny Golden
Guild Literary Complex Reading Series
Barbara's Bookstore at UIC
1218 South Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
7:00 pm
I was honored to share the stage at a beautiful independent bookstore, with a life-long activist for social justice in Latin America, standing before the poster of a book that I edited, hosted by a fabulous community literary arts organization.

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Busboys & Poets @ 5th & K
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
6:30 pm

Co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies' Global Economy project
Five of my closest friends from high school and my brother each traveled for hours to join an audience of capitalinos at a new(ish) location of DC's iconic Busboys & Poets.Welcoming remarks were offered by Tania Arroyo of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Reading, Discussion, Slideshow: No Word for Welcome
Longfellow Books
One Monument Way
Portland, Maine 04101
Thursday, September 15, 2011
7:00 pm

We'll talk about how economic globalization is changing rural life -- from Mexico to Maine.

Book Reading & Writing Workshop:
Global Stories with a Local Heart

with Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English
RiverRun Bookstore
20 Congress Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
7:00 pm

Midge Raymond and I will offer our joint writing workshop for folks in one of the most beautiful ports in America.

Book Reading & Writing Workshop:
Global Stories with a Local Heart

with Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English
Northshire Books
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, Vermont
Sunday, September 11, 2011
3:00 to 5:00 pm

This lovely, thriving bookstore was enormously welcoming when I visited in 2007 with Telling True Stories. This time around I offered a (brief) reading and (longer) writing workshop with my friend and fellow writer, the (very) talented fiction writer Midge Raymond.

Book Reading & Writing Workshop:
Global Stories with a Local Heart

with Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English
Galaxy Bookshop
7 Mill Street
Hardwick, Vermont
Saturday, September 10, 2011
3:00 to 5:00 pm

I discovered this bookshop via a fabulous blog by an avid reader who practices what he calls "bookstore tourism." Midge and I kicked off our New England series of writing workshops here.

Biting the Snake: Ecological Conscience
Bookstock: Green Mountains Festival of Words
Town Hall
Woodstock, Vermont
Saturday, July 30, 2011
11:00 am

It was an honor to share my first book festival event (and New England premiere) for No Word for Welcome with ecologically minded writers David Budhill, Robert L. Cavnar, and Jason J. Czarnezki.

No Word for Welcome Reading / Discussion
with Midge Raymond, author of Forgetting English

Orca Books
509 East Fourth Avenue
Olympia, Washington 98501
Friday, July 15, 2011
6:00 to 7:30 pm
My friend and fellow writer Midge Raymond and I kicked off our joint "Global Perspectives, Local Stories" tour at the warm and welcoming Orca Books. We read from our books -- hers the luminous collection of short stories Forgetting English, recently reissued in an expanded edition by the fabulous Press 53 -- and enjoyed a rich discussion with everyone who attended. Orca Books is run by some of the kindest and friendliest bookshop folk I've ever met. If you find yourself in the Olympia area, you should stop by!

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle Washington 98122
Sunday, June 26, 2011
5:00 pm

Elliott Bay Events Manager Karen Allman says: "The presentation was wonderful. Really engaging, great photos and what a testimony for grassroots activism. You can't read No Word for Welcome and think 'nothing ever changes' or that people don't care about their own communities."

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Eagle Harbor Book Company
157 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Thursday, June 23, 2011
7:30 pm

Many thanks to the wonderfully welcoming and generous crew at Eagle Harbor, for maintaining such a gorgeous bookstore and for hosting the Kitsap County premiere of No Word for Welcome.

Reading and Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
7:00 pm

The Whatcom County premiere of No Word for Welcome! This event is part of Village Books' Hedgebrook North: Women Authoring Change Series.

Words • Images • Stories: No Word for Welcome
Booksmith
1644 Haight Street 
San Francisco, California 94117
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
7:30 pm

The Bay Area premiere of No Word for Welcome! This event was co-sponsored by the fabulous grassroots organization International Development Exchange (IDEX) It was an honor to be there on the store's thirty-fifth anniversary!

Nonfiction Writers' Workshop with
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide

Friday, May 2, 2008
2:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
2000 Fearrington Village
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Nonfiction Writers' Workshop with
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide

Monday, January 21, 2008
7:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth Street
Durham, NC 27705

"Telling True Stories "
a panel with Jack Hart of the Oregonian
Wordstock: Portland's Annual Book Festival
Saturday, November 10, 2007
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Festival runs November 9 through 11, 2007
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
More folks from Seattle should head south for this book fest extraordinaire. What a great gathering of book lovers!

Nonfiction Writers' Workshop with
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide

Saturday, October 20, 2007
2:00 pm
Wordsmiths Books
141 East Trinity Place
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Benefit Reading
for Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers
with Kathleen Alcalá, Jacci Thompson-Dodd, and
María de Lourdes Victoria

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Reception at 6:00 pm
Reading at 7:30 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle, Washington

Nonfiction Writers' Workshop with
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
7:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore
Manchester Center, Vermont

Reading for Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction
Writers’ Guide

with Emily Hiestand and Mark Kramer

Monday, June 25, 2007
7:00 pm
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Reading for Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction
Writers’ Guide

with Mark Kramer

Saturday, June 2, 2007
7:00 pm
Twenty-Third Avenue Books
Portland, Oregon

Photo above: Graffiti, Barrio Gotic, Barcelona, 2005
Photo to right: At a community assembly, San Francisco de la Paz, Chimalapas, Mexico, 2002

Many thanks to the organizations that helped make my 2011 events for No Word for Welcome possible:

Casa de la Cultura
Juchitán, Oaxaca

Encuentro 5
Boston

Guild Literary Complex
Chicago

Hedgebrook
Whidbey Island / Seattle

Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, DC

International Development Exchange (IDEX)
San Francisco

LaSala
Seattle

Minnesota Society of Conservation Biology
Minneapolis

One Equal Heart
Seattle

UCIZONI
Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca