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      August 14, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      Bright Stain - Francesca Bell / Blue Mistaken for Sky - Andrea Hollander

      Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book. The Last Bookstore welcomes Francesca Bell and Andrea Hollander. Francesca Bell's debut poetry collection is unapologetically sensual and forthright. Bright Stain explores desire, loss, faith, doubt, tenderness, and violence; and sex as experience, metaphor, and magnifying lens for relationships.  Blue Mistaken for Sky, Hollander’s fifth full-length poetry collection, explores a mature woman’s life after divorce. The poems are unselfconscious, and they detail with grace the pleasures and difficulties of aging and the evolution of personal relationships through a life.   “Francesca Bell’s poems are fierce and tender, passionate, compassionate, disturbing and delightful. Wide-ranging, finely-honed, smart and surprising, Bright Stain is a compelling debut collection!” —Ellen Bass“How deeply gratifying to see Francesca Bell’s electric, erotic, and completely ravishing debut collection, Bright Stain, at last in the world. For the past ten years she has been writing some of the most charged, subtle, and yet devastating poems in American poetry. Many of these dramatic vignettes are laced with a rare sexual candor and a whip-smart emotional intelligence. Bright Stain is one of the most darkly elegant and luminous books of recent years; it is, in all ways, truly a wonder.” —David St. JohnBright Stain is the Sex and the City of poetry, but this knock-your-socks-off debut will likely inspire debate – perhaps controversy – as it inhabits some startling points of view, including pedophile priests’, serial killers’ and prison inmates’. Those who miss reading these breathtaking, visceral poems won’t know what their friends are raving about.   Francesca Bell’s poems and translations appear in many journals, including B O D Y, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is the former poetry editor of River Styx, the translator of a collection of poems by Palestinian poet Shatha Abu Hnaish (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and the author of the collection Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019). Blue Mistaken for Sky, Hollander's fifth full-length poetry collection collection, a finalist for the 2018 Best Book Award in Poetry,, explores a mature woman’s life after a trauma that ended in divorce. The book reads like a memoir, its poems delivered with unselfconscious emotion and felt truth. Hollander’s many other awards include two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and literary nonfiction) and two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. Her fourth collection was an Oregon Book Award finalist; her first won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. After decides in the Arkansas Ozarks, where she ran a bed & breakfast for fifteen years and served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College for twenty-two, in 2011 Hollander moved to Portland, Oregon. Her website is  “Some days, I think that hope is such a long way away, and then I read a poet like this — and life is in full gear.” – Washington Independent Review of Books “In Andrea Hollander’s new collection Blue Mistaken for Sky we are being given something more than poems. We are being given human generosity, connection, and empathy. There are many gifts we get from experiencing art, from reading a great book, but one of the most important gifts the artist can give is that of vulnerability. With this new collection, Hollander is offering such a gift. Now it is up to us to be brave enough to receive it.”  - Matthew Dickman   “I don’t know what other women of a certain age do when their world collapses, but I know what a poet does. She writes it. Andrea Hollander’s radiant new collection, Blue Mistaken for Sky, is a brave and unsentimental retelling of time held in abeyance, where ‘silence and darkness entered / together,’ and of betrayals—not just of love, but sometimes of life itself. What does she teach us but that it takes a long time of swimming ‘in place against / furiously moving water’ to be able to finally reclaim one’s own life. This collection is so beautiful, it hurts." - Alice Friman     All events are subject to cancellation, so please check back.

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