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Steven Johnson with Kevin Kelly - Extra Life (Online Event)

Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 5:00pm


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Book Passage Presents • With the Long Now Foundation

Thurs., May 20th, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Kevin Kelly

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The surprising and important story of how humans gained what amounts to an extra life, from the bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From.

As a species, we have doubled our life expectancy in just one hundred years. All the advances of modern life—the medical breakthroughs, the public health institutions, the rising standards of living—have given us each about twenty thousand extra days on average. There are few measures of human progress more astonishing than our increased longevity.

This book is Steven Johnson’s attempt to understand where that progress came from. How many of those extra twenty thousand days came from vaccines, or the decrease in famines, or seatbelts? What are the forces that now keep us alive longer? Behind each breakthrough lies an inspiring story of cooperative innovation, of brilliant thinkers bolstered by strong systems of public support and collaborative networks.

But it is not enough simply to remind ourselves that progress is possible. How do we avoid decreases in life expectancy as our public health systems face unprecedented challenges? What current technologies or interventions that could reduce the impact of future crises are we somehow ignoring?

A study in how meaningful change happens in society, Extra Life is an ode to the enduring power of common goals and public resources. The most fundamental progress we have experienced over the past few centuries has not come from big corporations or start-ups. It has come, instead, from activists struggling for reform; from university-based and publicly funded scientists sharing their findings open-source-style; and from nonprofit agencies spreading new innovations around the world.

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of thirteen books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Farsighted, and The Ghost Map. He’s the host and cocreator of the Emmy–winning PBS/BBC series How We Got to Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first 7 years. His most recent book is The Inevitable, which is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His other books include the bestselling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic Out of Control, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Catalogs. He co-founded the Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He also founded the popular Cool Tools website in 2003.

Our mission at The Long Now Foundation is to foster long-term thinking and responsibility. Recognizing that many problems of global magnitude can be traced back to a lack of long-term perspective, we offer a counterpoint to today’s pervasive “faster and cheaper” mindset. Through a variety of creative programs that bring arts and culture into dialogue with science and technology, we try to show that the theme of “slower and better” is an especially effective guide to help us generate ideas and insights that will benefit society within the framework of the next 10,000 years. By encouraging thought and conversation about what might be in store for us in the next century, the next millennium, and the next geological era, The Long Now Foundation ultimately tries to expand our collective sense of the present moment: rather than focus only on the immediate “here and now,” we encourage people to become aware of the Big Here and the Long Now. Find more at https://longnow.org/.

 

Steven Johnson photo by Nutopia Ltd.; Kevin Kelly photo by Christopher Michel

 

Neal Allen with Anne Lamott - Shapes of Truth (Online Event)

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:00pm

Conversations with Authors

Thurs., May 27th, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Online • Live

In conversation with Anne Lamott



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Hidden in your body is a set of thirty-five divine objects that represent aspects of God; think of them as a vocabulary to describe your soul. They can help you explore your own perfect nature. With roots in Platonic philosophy and Sufi metaphysics, these eternal body-forms were discovered forty years ago and are only now being shared with the world. They don't just provide knowledge and even wisdom; they also grant immediate and sustained relief from everyday suffering. Spiritual coach and writer Neal Allen describes the discovery, the body-forms themselves, and gives step-by-step instructions for encountering them yourself. His wife, the novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott, contributes a sweet foreword that chronicles her encounter with a body-form on their first date.

Neal Allen is a coach and writer who studies and practices traditional and contemporary spiritual traditions. He especially likes Plato, the Middle Way, and Diamond Heart, each its own mystery school. In past lives he was a newspaperman, corporate executive, and memoir publisher. He lives nearby in Fairfax with his wife, the author Anne Lamott. For more, see www.shapesoftruth.com.

Anne Lamott is the New York Times-bestselling author of Dusk, Night, Dawn; Almost Everything; Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

 

Neal Allen photo by Sam Lamott; Anne Lamott photo by Sam Lamott

 

Eliza VanCort with Alma Derricks - A Woman's Guide to Claiming Space (Online Event)

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 4:00pm

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Alma Derricks


 

This book empowers women to Claim Space—to live the life of your choosing, unapologetically and bravely.

With an upbeat, take-no-prisoners style, Eliza VanCort has written a must-read book for every woman seeking to make her own luck and create her own destiny. Each chapter is an accessible "how-to" for a fuller life, offering big ideas and actionable tools. VanCort has identified five distinct aspects of being a "Master Space Claimer" and presents each in a way that informs, inspires, and guides the reader. Bold, enlightened and easy to engage, the book is birthed from VanCort's inspiring story, informed by the experiences of real women and packed with relevant research and concrete strategies. It isn't a text book, but instead is a crafted conversation with a girlfriend. VanCort, organizational consultant, speaker, and thought leader, will galvanize women to empower themselves to claim space for themselves, and for their sisters, with courage, empathy, and conviction because "when we rise together we rise so much higher."

Eliza VanCort is an in-demand consultant, speaker, and writer on communications, career and workplace issues, and women’s empowerment. The founder of The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca, she is also a Cook House Fellow at Cornell University, an advisory board member of the Performing Arts for Social Change, a Diversity Crew partner, and a member of Govern For America's League of Innovators. Her first book, A Woman's Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard., publishes May 2021.

Alma Derricks is the Founder and Managing Partner of REV, a Brand Entrepreneurship™ company that partners with accomplished creators, entrepreneurs, and leadership teams to leverage their expertise into distinctive and profitable new ventures. She has created new businesses and customer strategies for an array of media, entertainment, hospitality, and consumer products companies including Verizon, NBCU, Fox, Redbox, Blue Man Group, Mattel, Amazon, and Southwest Airlines; launched ground-breaking digital networks for Star Trek, Peanuts, and Dilbert; and held senior management positions at HBO, Paramount, El Rey Network, Deloitte, and Cirque du Soleil. A native and current resident of Los Angeles, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

 

Eliza VanCort photo by Lucian Mead-VanCort; Alma Derricks photo courtesy of author

 

Brad Stone with Michael Krasny - Amazon Unbound (Online Event)

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 1:00pm

Conversations with Authors

Monday, May 10th, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Michael Krasny • Signed and personalized copies available!



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From the bestselling author of The Everything Store comes an unvarnished picture of Amazon’s unprecedented growth and its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, revealing the most important business story of our time.

Almost ten years ago, Bloomberg journalist Brad Stone captured the rise of Amazon in his bestseller The Everything Store. Since then, Amazon has expanded exponentially, inventing novel products like Alexa and disrupting countless industries, while its workforce has quintupled in size and its valuation has soared to well over a trillion dollars. Jeff Bezos’s empire, once housed in a garage, now spans the globe. Between services like Whole Foods, Prime Video, and Amazon’s cloud computing unit, AWS, plus Bezos’s ownership of The Washington Post, it’s impossible to go a day without encountering its impact. We live in a world run, supplied, and controlled by Amazon and its iconoclast founder.

In Amazon Unbound, Brad Stone presents a deeply reported, vividly drawn portrait of how a retail upstart became one of the most powerful and feared entities in the global economy. Stone also probes the evolution of Bezos himself—who started as a geeky technologist totally devoted to building Amazon, but who transformed to become a fit, disciplined billionaire with global ambitions; who ruled Amazon with an iron fist, even as he found his personal life splashed over the tabloids.

Definitive, timely, and revelatory, Stone has provided an unvarnished portrait of a man and company that we couldn’t imagine modern life without.

Brad Stone is senior executive editor of global technology at Bloomberg News. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, which has been translated into over thirty-five languages, and The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley. He has covered Silicon Valley for more than twenty years and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Michael Krasny is the former host of the award winning KQED Forum, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.

 

Brad Stone photo by David Paul Morris; Michael Krasny photo by David Berne

 

Online Class: Nina Schuyler - How to Write Stunning Sentences

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $80

 

Stylish sentences bring mesmeric energy to the page. Why shouldn’t, as Gertrude Stein said, a sequence of words be anything but pleasure?

In this class, you'll learn how to write sentences that create rhythm and musicality. You'll learn how to take a simple sentence and grow it, creating more opportunities for rhythm and sound. You'll also learn how to revise for style.

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Writing Award. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and named a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. She's also the author of the bestseller, How to Write Stunning Sentences.

 

Susan Page with Carla Marinucci - Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Online Event)

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 5:30pm


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Book Passage Presents

Monday, May 10th, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Carla Marinucci • Signed bookplates available!

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The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi—the most powerful woman in American political history—written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.

Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—Madam Speaker is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.

Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer; when she encour­aged her young daughter to become a nun, Nancy told her mother that being a priest sounded more appealing. She didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old, her five children mostly out of the nest. With that, she found her calling.

Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or for­midable foe to U.S. presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game—demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone.

All of this was preparation for the most historic challenge she would ever face, at a time she had been privately planning her retirement. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House, Nancy Pelosi became the Democratic counterpart best able to stand up to the disruptive president and to get under his skin. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.

Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered seven White House administrations and eleven presidential elections. She has interviewed the past ten presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. In 2020, she moderated the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. Her first book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, was an instant New York Times bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Carla Marinucci is a senior writer for POLITICO’s California Playbook who has consistently been named one of California’s leading political writers, and for the last two years has also been honored as the state’s top digital influencer in political reporting. Prior to launching the POLITICO California Playbook in 2015, Marinucci was senior political writer for the Hearst flagship San Francisco Chronicle, and before that political editor for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. She has covered six presidential elections and seven California gubernatorial elections since 1996, including the historic recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2013, she was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a lifetime achievement award for her coverage of California politics.

 

Susan Page photo by Robert Deutsch; Carla Marinucci photo courtesy of author

 

Lee Child and Laurie R. King with Gary Phillips and Jacqueline Winspear - How to Write a Mystery (Online Event)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00pm


Tuesday, May 4th • Online

Live • 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET • $40

In conversation with Gary Phillips and Jacqueline Winspear


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From the most successful mystery writers in the business, an invaluable guide to crafting mysteries—from character development and plot to procedurals and thrillers—a must-have for every aspiring mystery writer.

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping writers of all levels improve their skills for nearly a century. Now, this new handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape—from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more.

Featuring essays by a new generation of bestselling experts on various elements of the craft and shorter pieces of crowd-sourced wisdom from the MWA membership as a whole, the topics covered can be categorized as follows:

  • Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.)
  • While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.)
  • After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.)
  • Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.)
  • Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism)

Also included is a collection of essays from MWA published authors—including Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, and Charlaine Harris—selected by bestselling authors Lee Child and Laurie King and arranged thematically answering, “What piece of writing advice do you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?”

Highly anticipated and incredibly useful, this new and trusted guide from MWA’s experts provides practical, current, easily digestible advice for new and established authors alike.

Previously a television director, union organizer, theatre technician and law student, Lee Child is the author of the bestselling Jack Reacher series.

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes novels, five Kate Martinellis, two Stuyvesant-Greys, five standalones, various short stories and novellas, and edited a number of anthologies and nonfiction works.  She has won the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, Lambda, Wolfe, Macavity, Creasey dagger, and Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, has an honorary doctorate, and is a Baker Street Irregular.

Jacqueline Winspear is author of the New York Times bestsellers A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, An Incomplete Revenge, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Journey to Munich, In This Grave Hour, To Die But Once, and her latest in the Maisie Dobbs series, The Conseqeunces of Fear; as well as What Would Maisie Do?, a non-fiction book based upon the series; and her memoir, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing. In addition, her recent published essays include "Writing About War," for which she interviewed writers including Kate Atkinson, Rhys Bowen, Jeff Shaara, and Adam Hochschild, exploring the impact of writing about war on the author; and "Women On Fire," about women working in wildfire management. Her essay on writing the historical mystery will appear in the upcoming anthology/handbook from Mystery Writers of America, How To Write A Mystery, edited by Lee Child (April 2021). Winspear has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book.

Gary Phillips is the son of a mechanic and a librarian. He was weaned on too many comic books, Dashiell Hammett stories, reruns of the original Twilight Zone, and experiences ranging from community organizer to delivering dog cages. His 1950s-set graphic novel the Be-Bop Barbarians riffs on race relations, jazz, police brutality, and the Red Scare. His novel Violent Spring was the first such mystery set in the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest, and he edited the Anthony award-winning anthology, The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. He is story editor on FX's Snowfall, about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central where he grew up. Visit him at gdphillips.com.

 

Lee Child photo by Tasha Alexander; Laurie R. King photo by Josh Edelson; Gary Phillips photo courtesy of author; Jacqueline Winspear photo by Stephanie Mohan

 

Helene Wecker with Ellen Kushner - The Hidden Palace (Online Event)

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 5:30pm

Book Passage Presents

Thurs., June 10th, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Ellen Kushner • Signed copies available!

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In this enthralling historical epic in the years leading to World War I—the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni—Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.

Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they’ll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human—just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined—but they’re not yet certain of what they mean to each other.

Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele—not knowing that she’s about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.

Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart—especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

Helene Wecker received a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A Chicago-area native who has made her home in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York, she now lives near San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Ellen Kushner is the award-winning author of the cult classic Swordspoint: a Melodrama of Manners, and other unclassifiable novels that move in the interstices of popular genres. Known for many years as the host and writer of public radio’s similarly unclassifiable series Sound & Spirit—which Bill Moyers called “the best thing on public,” and caused listeners to say “She’s Elvis to hippie librarians!”—Kushner went on to record her novels as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents/Audible, winning an Audie Award for Swordspoint, and to create children’s theater based on Jewish mythic themes for young audiences. She lives in New York City with her wife, author and educator Delia Sherman, and a great many theater and airplane ticket stubs she just can’t bear to throw out. @EllenKushner

 

Helene Wecker photo by Kareem Kazkaz; Ellen Kushner photo by Lawry Photography

 

Nina Renata Aron & Phyllis Grant - Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls & Everything Is Under Control (Online Event)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 5:30pm

Book Passage Presents

Wed., June 23, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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Nina Renata Aron's Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls is a scorching memoir of a love affair with an addict—weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to understand the nature of addiction, codependency, and our appetite for obsessive love.

“The disease he has is addiction,” Nina Renata Aron writes of her boyfriend, K. “The disease I have is loving him.” Their love affair is dramatic, urgent, overwhelming—an intoxicating antidote to the long, lonely days of early motherhood. Soon after they get together, K starts using again, and years of relapses and broken promises follow. Even as his addiction deepens, she stays, convinced she is the one who can get him sober. After an adolescence marred by family trauma and addiction, Nina can’t help but feel responsible for those suffering around her. How can she break this pattern? If she leaves K, has she failed him? Writing in prose at once unflinching and acrobatic, Aron delivers a piercing memoir of romance and addiction, drawing on intimate anecdotes as well as academic research to crack open the long-feminized and overlooked phenomenon of codependency. She shifts between visceral, ferocious accounts of her affair with K and introspective analyses of the part she plays in his addictions, as well as defining moments in the history of codependency, from the temperance movement to the formation of Al-Anon to more recent research in the psychology of addiction. Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls is a blazing, bighearted book that illuminates and adds nuance to the messy tethers between femininity, enabling, and love.

Phyllis Grant’s Everything Is Under Control is a memoir about appetite as it comes, goes, and refocuses its object of desire. Grant’s story follows the sometimes smooth, sometimes jagged, always revealing contours of her life: from her days as a dancer struggling to find her place at Julliard, to her experiences in and out of four-star kitchens in New York City, to falling in love with her future husband and leaving the city after 9/11 for California, where her children are born. All the while, a sense of longing pulses in each stage as she moves through the headspace of a young woman longing to be sustained by a city into that of a mother now sustaining a family herself.

Written with the transparency of a diarist, Everything Is Under Control is an unputdownable series of vignettes followed by tried-and-true recipes from Grant’s table—a heartrending yet unsentimental portrait of the highs and lows of young adulthood, motherhood, and a life in the kitchen.

Nina Renata Aron is a writer and editor living in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Phyllis Grant is an IACP finalist for Personal Essays/Memoir Writing and a three-time Saveur Food Blog Award finalist for her blog, Dash and Bella. She has cooked in world-renowned restaurants, including Nobu, Michael’s, and Bouley. Her essays and recipes have been published in a dozen anthologies and cookbooks, including Best Food Writing in both 2015 and 2016. Her work has been featured in Esquire, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Real Simple, Saveur, HuffPost, Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Food52, and Salon. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two children.

 

Nina Renata Aron photo by Tai Power Seeff; Phyllis Grant photo by Matt Ross

 

Maggie Smith - Goldenrod: Poems (Online Event)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

Book Passage Presents

Wed., August 4, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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From the award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones comes a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life.

With her breakout bestseller Keep Moving, Maggie Smith captured the nation with her “meditations on kindness and hope” (NPR). Now, with Goldenrod, the award-winning poet returns with a powerful collection of poems that look at parenthood, solitude, love, and memory. Pulling objects from everyday life—a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son’s pocket, a field of goldenrods at the side of the road—she reveals the magic of the present moment. Only Maggie Smith could turn an autocorrect mistake into a line of poetry, musing that her phone “doesn’t observe / the high holidays, autocorrecting / shana tova to shaman tobacco, / Rosh Hashanah to rose has hands.”​

Slate called Smith’s “superpower as a writer” her “ability to find the perfect concrete metaphor for inchoate human emotions and explore it with empathy and honesty.” The poems in Goldenrod celebrate the contours of daily life, explore and delight in the space between thought and experience, and remind us that we decide what is beautiful.

Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of several books of poetry including Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, The List of Dangers, and Nesting Dolls. A 2011 recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith has also received several Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council, two Academy of American Poets Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been widely published, appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and more.

 

Maggie Smith photo by Devon Albeit Photography

 

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