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May 17th, 2024

The Authors Guild Foundation is excited to present Chance Meetings, a new online literary seminar inspired by Rachel Cohen’s A Chance Meeting, a dazzling group biography that offers a striking vision of the making and remaking of the American mind and imagination from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.

Following the book’s spirit and shape, the monthly sessions feature talks on beloved and thought-provoking classics of American literature by contemporary writers with a personal connection to the works they are discussing. Cohen herself will lead two talks and circulate an e-newsletter to students in the weeks between sessions.

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May 13th, 2024

 On This Week's Front Table, recount the inspirational history and the quintessential pioneers of the animal rights movement, explore the history of self experimentation with various drugs and what it reveals about Western history, culture, and science, engage with a comprehensive history of one of the most important composers of the twentieth century, and read about the period of Black writing during the early Cold War, dubbed "The Blue Period." Find these titles and more at semcoop.com

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May 6th, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, find stories of disabled sexual discovery, disabled love, and disabled joy, examine the personal and global histories of Borderline Personality Disorder, and consider those whose lives evidenced the profound trauma of the AIDS crisis. Through these stories, we find the angst and activism that emerges out of systemic inequality, moving portraits of a collective, and bodies that refuse to conform with societal norms. Find these titles and more at ...
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April 29th, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, examine the relationship of play in the animal world and its implication for the human world, take a dive into the rich, political, and cultural history of psychedelics over time, and read a comprehensive and tumultuous history about acclaimed author Jean Rhys. Then, sift through contemplative and incisive essays, interviews, and tributes from iconic Queer critic and writer, Maggie Nelson, and read an unforgettable novel about a book censor and his Alice in Wonderland-like dreams about the lives of characters he censors. Find these titles and more at ...

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April 22nd, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, pursue obsessions on paths to glory and destruction while the world twists and warps; witness a major uprising in a long history of women who have wanted to affirm their rights; reimagine the canonical literature on walking and consider a new interpretation of the impact of class and race on our physical and political mobility; and gain an insight into the artist's way of thinking, his everyday life, and the corpus, circumstances, and personality of a monumental artist. Find these titles and more at ...

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April 13th, 2024

 

On This Week's Front Table, meditate on a devotional to the planet, to animals, and to plants from renowned author Lydia Millet, explore what it means to take up a feminist ethic of living rooted in the principles of radical inclusion, mutuality and friendship, and then travel from plant breeding labs to the jungles of Peru to study the impact of trees on our planet. Also, look closely at stories about life changing moments from the acclaimed storytelling series, The Moth, and read genre defying poetry that is an ode to New York, flirting, eavesdropping, and remembering. Find these titles and more at ...

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April 5th, 2024

On this week's Front Table, explore the lives of uncommonly brave men and women--saints, philosophers, artists--who have used their own wounded or stigmatized bodies to challenge society's mores and entrenched power structures, examine hopeful solutions for just how we can come together in a common purpose for criminal justice and racial justice reform, and explore the magical threads that run through our daily lives. Also, throw yourself into a novel that plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love, and dive into the history of one of the most significant films of the twentieth century, sparked by Chicago's Second...

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March 29th, 2024

On this week’s Front Table, explore the topic of affinities between conspiracy theory and critical theory; discover a propulsive page-turner about multiple electrifying relationships; ruminate on daughterhood, the intergenerational inheritance of gendered violence, mothering, and the body's cumulative wisdom. Also, discover the newly published biography of Warhol superstar and transgender icon Candy Darling. Find these titles and more at semcoop.com.



Some Strange Music Draws Me In: A Novel
(W.W. Norton) 
Griffin Hansbury 

Populated by a cast of...

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March 22nd, 2024

 On This Week's Front Table, journey into underground parties, pulsating with life and limitless possibility to unveil the unexpected revolution revitalizing urban nightlife; navigate the labyrinths of history, love, and ethics in a fractured American present; explore the astonishing science of bird life, an unexpected blueprint for muscular citizenship, powered by joy; and ask, when you have lived a life in flux, how do you find rest? Find these titles and more at semcoop.com.


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March 22nd, 2024


On This Week's Front Table, journey into underground parties, pulsating with life and limitless possibility to unveil the unexpected revolution revitalizing urban nightlife; navigate the labyrinths of history, love, and ethics in a fractured American present; explore the astonishing science of bird life, an unexpected blueprint for muscular citizenship, powered by joy; and ask, when you have lived a life in flux, how do you find rest?...

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