Author Event

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández · Migrating to Prison


Friday, February 21 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, author of Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants (New Press, $24.99).

 

A leading scholar's powerful, in-depth look at the imprisonment of immigrants addressing the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system.

For most of America's history, we simply did not lock people up for migrating here. Yet over the last thirty years, the federal and state governments have increasingly tapped their powers to incarcerate people accused of violating immigration laws. As a result, almost 400,000 people annually now spend some time locked up pending the result of a civil or criminal immigration proceeding.

In Migrating to Prison, leading scholar César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández takes a hard look at the immigration prison system's origins, how it currently operates, and why. He tackles the emergence of immigration imprisonment in the mid-1980s, with enforcement resources deployed disproportionately against Latinos, and he looks at both the outsized presence of private prisons and how those on the political right continue, disingenuously, to link immigration imprisonment with national security risks and threats to the rule of law.

Interspersed with powerful stories of people caught up in the immigration imprisonment industry, including children who have spent most of their lives in immigrant detention, Migrating to Prison is an urgent call for the abolition of immigration prisons and a radical reimagining of the United States: who belongs and on what criteria is that determination made?

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He runs the blog Crimmigration.com and regularly speaks on immigration law and policy issues. He has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other venues. The author of Migrating to Prison (The New Press), he lives in Denver.

 

Event date: 

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781620974209
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - December 3rd, 2019

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Addie Tsai · Dear Twin


Friday, February 28 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Addie Tsai, author of Dear Twin (Metonymy, $20).

 

Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy's father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their lives.

 

Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College. She collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. Addie holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman's University. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere. She is the Nonfiction Editor at The Grief Diaries and Senior Associate Editor in Poetry at The Flexible Persona.

 

 

 

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Friday, February 28, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Dear Twin Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781999058807
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Metonymy Press - November 15th, 2019

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Erik Asphaug · When the Earth Had Two Moons


Friday, January 31 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Erik Asphaug, author of When the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky (Custom House, $28.99).

 

An astonishing exploration of planet formation and the origins of life by one of the world's most innovative planetary geologists. In 1959, the Soviet probe Luna 3 took the first photos of the far side of the moon. Even in their poor resolution, the images stunned scientists: the far side is an enormous mountainous expanse, not the vast lava-plains seen from Earth. Subsequent missions have confirmed this in much greater detail. How could this be, and what might it tell us about our own place in the universe? As it turns out, quite a lot. Fourteen billion years ago, the universe exploded into being, creating galaxies and stars. Planets formed out of the leftover dust and gas that coalesced into larger and larger bodies orbiting around each star. In a sort of heavenly survival of the fittest, planetary bodies smashed into each other until solar systems emerged. Curiously, instead of being relatively similar in terms of composition, the planets in our solar system, and the comets, asteroids, satellites and rings, are bewitchingly distinct. So, too, are the halves of our moon.

In When the Earth Had Two Moons, esteemed planetary geologist Erik Asphaug takes us on an exhilarating tour through the farthest reaches of time and our galaxy to find out why. Beautifully written and provocatively argued, When the Earth Had Two Moons is not only a mind-blowing astronomical tour but a profound inquiry into the nature of life here— and billions of miles from home.

 

Erik Asphaug is a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona, a member of the faculty of the world-renowned Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, and was part of the team behind NASA's successful Galileo and LCROSS missions. A winner of the prestigious Harold C. Urey Prize from the American Astronomical Society, recognizing outstanding achievements by a young planetary scientist, his areas of expertise include the geology of comets and asteroids and the giant impacts that formed the planets and moons. He was also a professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He lives with his family in Arizona.

Event date: 

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

When the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062657923
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Custom House - October 29th, 2019

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Tucson Writers Salon with Yi Shun Lai


Saturday, January 25 · 5—7pm

Antigone Books Presents The Tucson Writers Salon with author and editor Yi Shun Lai.

 

The Tucson Writers Salon is a series of free mini-workshops where host Tiffany Hawk and an acclaimed guest author discuss craft, publishing, and the writing life before giving participants a writing assignment of their own. Arrive with a pen and paper and leave with inspiration and a new community.

 

Yi Shun Lai is a co-owner and editor of the Tahoma Literary Review and the author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu (Shade Mountain, $18.95). She is a columnist for The Writer Magazine and has been a writer and editor for 25 years.

Tiffany Hawk, a writing coach and developmental editor, has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and more. She is the author of Love Me Anyway (St. Martin’s Press, 2013) and currently lives in Tucson.

 

 

Event date: 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

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Poetry Readings · Julie Swarstad Johnson & Eleanor Wilner


Friday, January 24 at 6:00pm

Join us for poetry readings by Julie Swarstad Johnson, author of Pennsylvania Furnace (Unicorn Press), and Eleanor Wilner, author of Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975—2017 (Princeton, $17.95).

As Julie Swarstad Johnson journeys east from present-day Arizona, her poems travel both geography and time, arriving in a pre-Civil War Pennsylvania crowded with steel mills and ironworks. There, other voices rise up to join hers, allowing the poet to plumb experiences beyond those of her singular self; a woodcutter struggling to support her family cord by cord, an ironmaster’s daughter trading the fetters of her father for those of a husband. Built on careful research and evocative place-based observations, Pennsylvania Furnace is a book of incandescent intelligence, fired by the haunting beauty of its resonant images.

 

Julie Swarstad Johnson is a poet and writer who lives in Tucson, Arizona. Pennsylvania Furnace is her first full-length book of poetry. She is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Jumping the Pit (Finishing Line Press), and has served as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. With Christopher Cokinos, she is the co-editor of Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight, forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in 2020.

 

Pennsylvania Furnace is not available for purchase online. Contact us to reserve a copy.

A major new collection from the winner of the 2019 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry, Before Our Eyes gathers more than 30 new poems and also features widely anthologized works. In the new poems, Wilner records the bewildering public shocks of the current moment, when civic life is under threat, when language itself is attacked, and when poetry's lens of collective imagination becomes a way to resist falsity, to seek meaning, and to really see what is before our eyes. A poet who engages with history in lyrical language, Wilner creates worlds that reflect on and illuminate the actual one, drawing on the power of communal myth and memory to transform them into agents of change.


Eleanor Wilner is the author of seven previous collections of poetry and recipient of the 2019 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry, the highest award presented by the Poetry Society of America. Her other awards include the Juniper Prize, three Pushcart Prizes, and a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Her work appears in many anthologies, including The Best American Poetry.

Event date: 

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2017 Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691193335
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - September 17th, 2019

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Kiley Reid · Such a Fun Age


Friday, January 17 at 6:00pm

Join us to hear Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age (G.P.P., $26).

One of the most highly anticipated novels of 2020.

In this razor-sharp debut, Kiley Reid puts readers in the shoes of Emira, a young black woman struggling to define herself apart from the white people in her life who are all too ready to speak and act on her behalf. At twenty-five, she is just about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. While babysitting a wealthy white family’s toddler, she is confronted in their local high-end supermarket by a suspicious security guard who accuses her of kidnapping the child. Her well-intentioned employer, a woman who has made a living with her confidence-driven brand, is determined to do everything in her power to make things right.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," the complicated reality of being a grown-up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

 

Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She lives in Philadelphia.

 

This is not a world of easy answers but one in which intentions don't match actions and expectations don't match consequences, where it is possible to mean something partly good and do something mostly bad. The result is both unsparing and compassionate, impossible to read without wincing in recognition— and questioning yourself. Such a Fun Age is nothing short of brilliant, and Kiley Reid is the writer we need now."

Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists (G.P.P., $16)

 

 

 

Event date: 

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705-8444

Books: 

Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

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