Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

New York City: PEN Out Loud's Lest We Forget

This December, join PEN America and the Strand Book Store as we embark on a retrospective of 2018 through the eyes of some of our most talented authors.

Amitava Kumar’s Immigrant, Montana blends the traditional coming of age novel with the story of an Indian immigrant coming to America, in a book that was referred to as “bio-fiction.” Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King weaves together the historical facts of the founding of Liberia with magical realism, bringing together characters from all corners of the African diaspora. Ingrid Rojas Contreras‘s Fruit of the Drunken Tree tells the story of a young woman coming of age amidst violence in Pablo Escobar’s Colombia. Together, these authors will speak about their work, this year’s news cycles, and what it means to tell stories in an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts.”

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Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix: First Fiction at First Draft

Three debut novelists, one night . . . 

R. O. KWON, NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH, INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS

Three first-time fiction writers read excerpts from their buzz-worthy novels while YOU enjoy happy hour prices at the bar. Afterwards, we'll open the floor to questions, then enjoy an informal mixer with the authors, who will meet attendees, take photos, and sign their books.

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Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Miami: Readings from New Novels

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Bernice L. McFadden’s novel Praise Song for the Butterflies is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude, and its toll on women, in West Africa. Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel is a mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. Idra Novey’s Those Who Knew is a taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the woman, and group of misfits, who finally bring him down.

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Nov
10
2:30 PM14:30

Portland: Pop-up: The Rumpus presents Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Ashley Toliver, & Leni Zumas

With Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Ashley Toliver. Leni Zumas, Marisa Siegel.

Portland Book Festival presenting authors Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Ashley Toliver, and Leni Zumas join forces for a pop-up reading in the Portland Art Museum Galleries. This pop-up is presented in collaboration with The Rumpus

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Portland: Metropolis: The City in Literature

  • Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage) (map)
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With: Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jamel Brinkley, Jason Lutes, Rob Spillman

Often, the setting of the book can be as much a character as the people in it. In these three books, three very different cities—Bogota under Escobar’s reign, contemporary New York City, and Weimar-era Berlin—set the scene and help define the stories.

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Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Austin: Texas Book Festival.

Turning Obstacles into Autonomy: Freedom in Fiction

Political violence confronts the strong, unforgettable female protagonists in new novels by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Fruit of the Drunken Tree), Elaine Castillo (America Is Not the Heart), and Crystal Hana Kim (If I Leave You). Join them as they discuss drawing on the past to craft compelling narratives with characters who establish autonomy in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Moderator: Chaitali Sen

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Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

San Francisco: Litquake's The Art of the Novel

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At the CCA Writers' Studio (San Francisco campus).

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." —Jane Austen

Five bestselling authors in conversation about the art of longform fiction. Featuring Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Vanessa Hua, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, and Anne Raeff. Moderated by Tom Barbash. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $12 adv / $15 door

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Sausalito CA: Why There Are Words

Join Why There Are Words on October 11, 2018, at Studio 333 in Sausalito for a special celebration when our WTAW Press authors Sarah Stone and Angela Mitchell will read from their brand new books, as part of a spectacular line up of authors, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Lisa Locascio, Louise Marburg, Natalie Singer, and Terese Svoboda.

Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15. $10 entry fee at the door. The celebration will include cake, delectable treats, and adult beverages.

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Songs of Dismantling: Standing as Witness in the 21st Century
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of Dismantling: Standing as Witness in the 21st Century

Poets Randall Mann and  Fernando Pérez read poetry and discuss the poetic experience as a method of cultural healing. Moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A night of reading and discussion where "Standing as witness" is the over-riding theme. An exploration of the demonization and marginalization of the "other" in the U.S. What do we need to admit to ourselves to move beyond injustice and totalitarian impulses. Poetry is explored as a vehicle to transform culture.

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