Andrew Scott Cooper: The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran @ Ford Library
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Brooklyn historian Andrew Scott Cooper, a commentator on U.S.-Iran relations, discusses his new book about the rise and fall of Iran’s glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, which he wrote with the cooperation of the late shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s widow, Empress Farah, as well as Iranian revolutionaries and U.S. officials from the Carter administration. Book sale, signing, and reception follow.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555

Lori Rader-Day: The Day I Died @ Aunt Agatha's
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Lori Rader-Day joins our book club to talk about her thrillers including her latest, The Night I Died.

Richard Prum: The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal Word – and Us @ AADL Multipurpose Room
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Yale University ornithology professor Richard Prum discusses his new book. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555.

Creative Writing Workshop: Wellspring Writing Workshops @ Gallup Park Meeting Room
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Creative writing workshop in the Gallup Park meeting room. Spend a day by the river. Bypass your inner critic; go directly to images, feelings and memories; enter the place where story and natural language reside. Using the Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method. Led by Julie Mariouw–published author, english teacher, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method.
Gallup Park Meeting Room, 3000 Fuller Rd. $90.

Poetry and the Written Word: Bill Yarrow and Zilka Joseph @ Crazy Wisdom
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Readings by Joliet Junior College English professor Bill Yarrow, a widely published poet who edits the Blue Fifth Review, and Zilka Joseph, a local poet known for her vividly figured explorations of the natural world whose latest collection is Sharp Blue Search of Flame. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.


Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry @ Argus Farm Stop
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Reading and discussion of several poems. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 325 W. Liberty. Free., 707-1284.

Whit Stillman with Sam Krowchenko @ Literati
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati Bookstore is pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmaker Whit Stillman, in conversation with Literati bookseller Sam Krowchenko, in support of Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated. 

A sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Jane Austen and Whit Stillman fans alike Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: Meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed with a daughter who’s coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands–and fast. But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest’s wife and the title of ‘most accomplished coquette in England’, Lady Susan must rethink her strategy. Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law’s country estate. Here she intends to take refuge – in no less than luxury, of course – from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to ‘I do’. Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.

“A postmodern confection [that’s] very, very funny.”–Penelope Green, New York Times

“In the ever-booming Austen spinoff industry, where paeans to Mr. Darcy are the norm, rewriting a work of the master’s in the guise of one of her detractors makes for an eccentrically cheeky tribute.”–Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker

“A merry comedy of pride, prejudice, and duplicity…. Silly, sly, eccentric characters and brisk chatter make for a diverting romp.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Lady Susan is finally getting some long overdue respect.”–Alexandra Alter, New York Times

Whit Stillman–winner of France’s Prix Fitzgerald for his prior novel–is the writer-director of five films, including Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress, and Love & Friendship, a mendacious representation of this story. At university, he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson, and he later worked in book publishing and journalism. His first novel, The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, was also derived from a film story.

Sam Krowchenko is the host of Literati Bookstore’s podcast Shelf Talking. His work has appeared in Salon, Full Stop, and The Michigan Quartely Review. He is an MFA candidate at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

Frederick Glaysher: The Parliament of Poets @ Crazy Wisdom
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Veteran poet Frederick Glaysher, a U-M grad who was tutored by Robert Hayden, reads from and discusses his The Parliament of Poets, an epic poem set partially on he moon, at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo, the Geek god of poetry summons the poets of all nations, ancient and modern, to fashion a new vision of universal life.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757.

Poetry and the Written Word @ Crazy Wisdom
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757


The Exit Interview with Laurence Goldstein and Cody Walker @ Literati
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is proud to present its first ever Exit Interview! In celebration of his recent retirement from the academy, Literati will host Laurence Goldstein for an evening of conversation and poetry. Laurence will be interviewed by local poet, Cody Walker, in addition to reading poems from his previous collections. We hope you might join us as we admire and continue to learn from one of the greats!

Laurence Goldstein is the author of The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History (1994), four books of poems, including A Room in California (2005), and seven edited or co-edited volumes of cultural commentary. His latest book explores both the city where he spent his first 22 years and a vibrant American tradition of topographical verse. Poetry Los Angeles sets the agenda for twenty-first century studies of urban poetry in general, and the literature of Los Angeles in particular.

Cody Walker is the author of The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016) and Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser, 2008). His poems have appeared in The New York TimesThe Yale ReviewSlateSalon, and The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2007); his essays have appeared online in The New Yorker and the Kenyon Review. The former Poet Populist of Seattle, he now lives with his family in Ann Arbor, where he directs the creative writing minor at the University of Michigan. His new collection, The Trumpiad (Waywiser, 2017), was released in April.