Author Event

Stefano Bloch · Going All City


Friday, November 22 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Stefano Bloch, author of Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA’s Graffiti Subculture (University of Chicago Press, $19).

 

In the age of Banksy, hipster street art, and commissioned wall murals, it’s easy to forget graffiti’s complicated and often violent past in the United States. Though graffiti has become one of the most influential art forms of the twenty-first century, cities across the country waged a war against it from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Brutal police task forces were created to stop the scourge, and by the 90s, graffiti had become inextricably linked with rising gang violence in the public imagination.

In this poignant memoir and ethnography, prolific writer Stefano Bloch paints a portrait of the real lives of these vilified graffiti artists, many of whom were teenagers from low-income neighborhoods, growing up amid staggering conditions of violence and poverty. Bloch came of age in late 1990s Los Angeles and now recounts the mesmerizing stories of his fellow street artists alongside his own chilling memories: brutal interactions with law enforcement and random violence at the hands of gang members; white supremacist relatives and undocumented friends; violence and imprisonment; addiction, eviction, and homelessness. Going All City is an unflinching portrait of a deeply maligned subculture and an unforgettable account of what writing on city walls means to the most vulnerable people living within them.

 

Stefano Bloch, Ph. D., is a cultural and urban geographer, ethnographer, and semi-retired graffiti writer from Los Angeles. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the Cogut Center for the Humanities and a Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Urban Studies Program at Brown University. He is currently assistant professor in the School of Geography and Development and faculty affiliate with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.

 

Event date: 

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA's Graffiti Subculture Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780226493589
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - November 14th, 2019

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Pam Houston · Deep Creek


Friday, November 15 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country (Norton, $25.95).

 

“How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.” In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth. A survivor of parental abuse and neglect, Houston discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her. Writing from her 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies, Houston observes as elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire that threatens her century-old barn and its inhabitants. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds, Houston learns what it means to take responsibility for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Deep Creek delivers her most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief… to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”

Pam Houston is the award-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories (Norton, $14.95). She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the Evil Companions Literary Award, as well as numerous teaching awards. Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century, among other anthologies. She is Professor of English at UC Davis and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.

Event date: 

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393241020
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393356878
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

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Johanna Skibsrud & Brandon Shimoda


Friday, November 8 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Johanna Skibsrud, author of The Nothing That Is: Essays on Art, Literature and Being (Bookhug, $20), and Brandon Shimoda, author of The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, $16.95).

 

In The Nothing That Is, Johanna Skibsrud gathers essays about the very concept of “nothing.” Written over a period of over a decade, this collection explores ways in which poetic language can activate the possibilities replete within our every moment. Addressing a broad range of topics—including false atrocity tales, so-called fake news, high-wire acts, and telepathy, as well as responses to works by John Ashbery, Virginia Woolf, Anne Carson, and more—these essays seek to decenter our relationship to both the “givenness” of history and to a predictive or probable model of the future. Rather than making “something” out of “nothing,” what follows is an endeavor to express the potential of language and thought to encounter what is infinitely beyond both yet to be imagined.

 

Johanna Skibsrud is a novelist, poet and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists (Norton, $14.95), was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to win Canada's most prestigious literary prize. Her latest poetry collection, The Description of the World (2016), was the recipient of the 2017 Canadian Author's Association for Poetry and the 2017 Fred Cogswell Award. Her poems, stories, and scholarly essays have appeared in The Luminary, The Brock Review, and many others. Among her forthcoming works are a novel, Island (2019), and a monograph titled The Poetic Imperative: A Speculative Aesthetics.

 

The Grave on the Wall is a lyrical portrait of award-winning poet Brandon Shimoda’s paternal grandfather, Midori, whose life mirrors the arc of Japanese America in the twentieth century. Born on an island off the coast of Hiroshima around 1908, Midori Shimoda immigrated to Seattle and was later incarcerated in a Department of Justice prison during World War II under suspicion of being a Japanese spy. He died in 1996 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for two decades.

Attempting to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather’s lifelong struggle, Shimoda writes a weaving meditation as he travels from his home in the Arizona desert to his family’s ancestral village in Japan. Seamlessly melding family history and memoir with poetic reflections on the enduring consequences of internment, Shimoda records the search to find his grandfather and unfolds, in the process, a moving elegy on memory and forgetting.

Event date: 

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

The Nothing That Is: Essays on Art, Literature and Being (Essais #9) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781771665261
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Book*hug - November 1st, 2019

The Grave on the Wall Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872867901
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - July 30th, 2019

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