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20 Sep. 2017

Anahita Jamali Rad and Danielle LaFrance Book Launch


Please join us for a special launch and reading featuring Anahita Jamali Rad and Danielle LaFrance, presented by Talonbooks. Both Jamali Rad and LaFrance will present a reading from their books, respectively titled For Love and Autonomy and Friendly + Fire.

For Love and Autonomy

by Anahita Jamali Rad

Jamali Rad deals with the stuff of everyday life: work and sex, friendship and love. Her critical attention to the structure of these social relations creates a poetics of trial and failure, questioning the very “culture” responsible for its making as she forges a way for the possibility of radical resistance in language.

Born in Iran and currently living on unceded Coast Salish territories, Anahita Jamali Rad’s work engages with materiality, love, class, violence, and displacement. Anahita Jamali Rad co-edited the critical materialist feminist journal About a Bicycle, produced by members of the women’s reading and discussion collective of the same name.

Friendly + Fire

by Danielle LaFrance

Comprising experimental poetry and prose, Friendly + Fire interrogates the male subjective experience of war and the gendered implications of camaraderie or “brotherhood” while aligning the seriousness of a war target with the frivolities of gossip.

Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and militant. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and Friendly Fire (Talonbooks, 2016) as well as the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC, 2013). From 2012 to 2016, she co-organized alongside Anahita Jamali Rad the feminist materialist reading and journal series, About a Bicycle. Recent attempts at Spanish-English poetry translations have been published on the online magazine inPeregrinos y sus Letras. She believes in putting an end to what she doesn’t like.

Join us in the shop between 5 – 7pm on Wednesday, September 20th for the readings, refreshments, and a chance to chat with the authors.