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Denise Newman and Aaron Belz - Tuesday, October 12
School Days Fundraiser - October 15-18
More Upcoming Events

The New Make Believe DENISE NEWMAN and AARON BELZ will read from
The New Make Believe and Lovely, Raspberry
Tuesday, October 12 at 7 PM

Meet Denise Newman, a San Francisco poet and translator, whose latest book, The New Make Believe, is, according to poet Norman Fischer, "more haunting than ever, and as needful of contemplation." Her two previous collections are Wild Goods and Human Forest.

Newman teaches creative writing at the California College of Arts and Crafts and Mills College, and is a staff editor at Five Fingers Review. Her translation of The Painted Room by the Danish poet Inger Christensen was published in 2000 by The Harvill Press.

Lovely, RaspberryAaron Belz will read from his masterfully offbeat new collection, Lovely, Raspberry. Called “gravely hilarious,” Belz writes with a deadpan whimsy that fronts mischievously for keen cultural insights in poems like “You Bore Me,” “Asking Al Gore About the Muse,” and “Thirty Illegal Moves in the Cloud-Shape Game.”

Dr. Belz, whose previous collection is The Bird Hoverer, is Assistant Professor of English at Providence Christian College. He earned his doctorate in English from Saint Louis University, where he specialized in comedy and modern American poetry.

"Reading Aaron Belz is like dreaming of a summer vacation and then taking it." — John Ashbery

School Days at BSWP SCHOOL DAYS are coming:
Help Earn Money for Your School!
Friday, October 15 through Monday, October 18

Has your school registered yet? If so, you can help raise money while you shop! Come to our store between October 15th and 18th, mention your school's name, and your school will receive 15% of your net purchase in cash, or 25% of your net purchase in store credit. All local public and private schools are eligible. For more information, please contact Sonia at:

More Events Coming This Month:

  • JUDITH ROCK will read from
    The Rhetoric of Death
    Tuesday, October 19 at 7 PM

  • ANTONYA NELSON will read from
    Thursday, October 21 at 7 PM

  • ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH will read from
    The Charming Quirks of Others
    Saturday, October 23 at 7 PM

  • MICHAEL KRASNY will discuss
    Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest
    Thursday, October 28 at 7 PM

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about these and other upcoming events.

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