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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes poets Norma Cole, Sarah Riggs, and Rebecca Farivar to the store to read from and sign their new books on Thursday, November 8th at 7pm.Norma Cole's new book of poems is Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside. Spoken in the voice of common, but charged, language--that of posters, announcements, and graffiti--this collection of poetry balls up brief and potent images to be passed back and forth between unlikely juxtapositions. Cole has authored various books of poetry, including Natural Light, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988-2008, Spinoza in Her Youth, The Vulgar Tongue, and Desire & Its Double. Her awards include a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, Gertrude Stein Awards, the Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, and awards from the Fund for Poetry. Sarah Riggs' most recent collection of poetry, Autobiography of Envelopes, originated in the turmoil of moving house. Oscillating between the US, France and Morocco, living on 3 continents and in 3 languages, Sarah Riggs felt the need to address her own self in order not to disperse into alternatives. Sarah is the author of Waterwork, Chain of Miniscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling, 60 Textos, and 36 Blackberries. She has translated or co-translated from the French poets Isabelle Garron, Marie Borel, Etel Adnan, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and, most recently, Oscarine Bosquet. She is a member of the bilingual poetry collective, Double Change and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas. Rebecca Farivar's most recent collections of poems, Correct Animal, re-enlivens and re-imagines the art of the tiny poem. Foregoing both the high seriousness of imagism and the theatrics of conceptual gesture, these poems instead offer themselves up as graceful, wry, and surprising acts of compression illuminated from within by a mysterious and moving intelligence that is Farivar's alone. In addition to her chapbook American Lit, Rebecca's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, 6×6, Cold-drill, RealPoetik, The Volta, Word For / Word, The American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from St. Mary’s College of California and currently lives in Oakland, California.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes local author Barbara Abercrombie to the store to discuss and sign her new book, A Year of Writing Dangerously, on Thursday, November 8th at 7pm.In this collection of anecdotes, lessons, quotes, and prompts, author and writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie provides a delightfully varied cornucopia of inspiration -- nuts-and-bolts solutions, hand-holding commiseration, and epiphany-fueling insights from fellow writers, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners and Abercrombie's students who have gone from paralyzed to published. Barbara Abercrombie has published thirteen books: novels for adults, books for children including the prize winning picture book, Charlie Anderson, as well as CHERISHED: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost. She teaches creative writing in the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension and conducts writing workshops for the Wellness Community. She lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California, and Twin Bridges, Montana.