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January 2018

Book Club: The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

January 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Facilitated by Sheila Black.

When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger’s—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir’s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) today as it ever was.

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Poetry at The Twig

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Reading & Book Signing with Wendy Barker, Natalia Treviño, and George Wallace.

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February 2018

Spring Open House & Book Launch for J.R. Helton

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Join us for a sneak preview of our spring writing workshops and literary events. Sip wine, enjoy finger food, visit with the writers who will be teaching our classes, and celebrate the book launch of Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions (Liveright/Norton 2018) by our very own J. R. Helton.

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Handmaid’s Tale Tea at The Twig

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Book-lovers and Atwood fans are invited to join us to sip tea and contemplate Atwood's timely classic—now an acclaimed Hulu series. Handmaid costumes optional.

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San Antonio’s Literary History: A Plática with Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Bryce Milligan

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Library, 600 Soledad
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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A year-long series of pláticas—public conversations—considering San Antonio’s rich multi-cultural literary history led by noted local scholars Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Bryce Milligan. The first will feature readings from the newly published Literary San Antonio (TCU Press). Participating writers y luminarios literarios include Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, San Antonio and Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, journalist Cary Clack, and San Antonio book collector Bill Fisher.

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Murderesses and More: An Evening Discussion of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$10.00

Don’t miss this literary talk on Margaret Atwood’s eerie crime fiction thriller, now a popular Netflix series. Join UTSA Librarian William Glenn, Noir fiction expert Eusebio Diaz, and Literature Professor Patricia Portales as they delve into this ultimate of cold cases, set in 1843 Canada.

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March 2018

Up Close & Personal with Margaret Atwood

March 8

Gemini Ink, in partnership with Trinity University Press, presents Margaret Atwood, world-renowned novelist and author of The Handmaid's Tale—in a public reading, Q&A, and book signing in San Antonio.

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The Big Give SA 2018

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Help mobilize support for Gemini Ink at our annual Big Give Marathon Reading from 12-8 pm on Thursday, March 22nd at our offices. Sign up for a 5-minute slot to share the gift of your poems, songs, and stories and to celebrate how writing empowers others, our community, and ourselves. We'll be posting on Facebook and tweeting throughout the reading. Help us spread the word about Gemini Ink and shout-out your support for the literary arts! We couldn't provide our excellent programming without you! Sign up to read at http://bit.ly/2CKE3fJ Donate…

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An Evening with Christopher Merrill

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Join us for a talk with Christopher Merrill on being an artist in the era of Trump. His latest book is a memoir—Self-Portrait with Dogwood is described as a quiet classic by Luis Alberto Urrea where "...Beauty rises from every page."

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April 2018

Book Club: Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a breathtaking novel about a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.

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Literary Cafe: Poetry Publishing Today

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$5

Join poets Octavio Quintanilla, Alexandra van de Kamp and Laura Van Prooyen as they discuss the glories and challenges of contemporary poetry publishing. Gain practical tips and the know-how to get your work out into the world.

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An Evening with Andre Dubus III

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Finding a Life through Words Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press present the Words Matter Series A series of lectures on the vital life of the written word. Join us for a talk, Q&A and evening reception with New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III. Dubus is the author of The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture), House of Sand and Fog, a #1 New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award, and Townie: A Memoir,…

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May 2018

A Night of Literary Discussion on the Life and Works of Playwright August Wilson

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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August Wilson, one of America’s great playwrights, completed a remarkable body of work: a play about African American life for each decade of the 20th century. Join Professor Bonnie Lyons as she celebrates his life by focusing on two pivotal works: Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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Fiction at The Twig

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Free

Reading, Q&A and book signing with award-winning authors Nan Cuba and Brittani Sonnenberg.
Nan Cuba is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence. She is the author of Body and Bread, winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction.
Brittani Sonnenberg’s award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published in Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR and elsewhere. Her highly acclaimed first novel Home Leave (2014) was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

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San Antonio’s Literary History: A Plática with Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Carmen Tafolla

May 24
Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78224
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Join us for a public plática to discuss this question and to hear pivotal San Antonio literary figures speak about their involvement in the movimiento. A range of short readings from the newly published Literary San Antonio (TCU Press) will also be a part of this evening. Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Dr. Carmen Tafolla will lead the discussion on the multi-faceted literary history of San Antonio. Writers y luminarios literarios include Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, San Antonio poet Jesse Cardona, and Mexican-American poet, translator, and television personality Evangelina Vigil.

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July 2018

Three Writers | Three Futures

July 19 @ 6:00 pm
Roosevelt Library, 311 Roosevelt Ave
San Antonio, TX 78210 United States
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$150.00

A Lively Conversation & Cocktail Supper at the Roosevelt Library To kick off our third annual Writers Conference, “Writing the New Century,” Gemini Ink invites you to an intimate, elegant night at the Roosevelt Library on Thursday, July 19th. Join us for delicious cocktails, fabulous bites, and a lively literary talk, Three Writers, Three Futures, featuring 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, 2018 Women’s Advocate of the Year Anel Flores, and award-winning poet Veronica Golos. Our very own Molly Cox, CEO and President…

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Gemini Ink Writers Conference: Writing the New Century

July 20 - July 22
El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, 110 Lexington Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78205
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Join a vibrant, inclusive and intimate writing community for three days in the heart of historic San Antonio. Gemini Ink’s 2018 Conference, "Writing The New Century," will offer workshops, readings, panel presentations, networking lunches, and a small press book fair. Featured writers include nationally acclaimed authors Norma Cantú, Martín Espada, Anel Flores, Veronica Golos, Debra Monroe, and Vijay Seshadri.

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Reading & Author Talk: Migration, Assimilation, Identity at The Brick

July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Brick, 108 Blue Star
San Antonio, Texas
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Join us for a reading and author talk featuring Martín Espada, Debra Monroe, and Veronica Golos. Followed by Live Music by Josh Glenn Experiment. Free and Open to the Public.

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Under Negotiation: A Conversation on Gender and Literary Expression

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Free

Featuring Anel Flores, Norma Cantú, and Vijay Seshadri, as part of the Gemini Ink Writers Conference.
Free and Open to the public.

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September 2018

Viva Libro at Central Library

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

The Central Library celebrates their one year anniversary of the Latino Collection and Resource Center. Viva Libro hosts a day of music, food, special presentations and literary activities to celebrate the Center as a cultural hub for the literature, heritage, and contemporary life of Latinos in the United States. Guests are also welcomed join a writing workshop to create your own poem or enjoy readings from our author champions.

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