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October 2017

Kenny Fries & Sheila Black: “Writing the Body” Talk and Q&A with Halloween Reception

October 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Join us for a talk with two noted authors who’ve written extensively on disability poetics and the body. Celebrate our flesh-and-blood existence on the most ghostly night of all!

This event takes place at The Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court.

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November 2017

Creative Entrepreneurship: Methods for the Working Writer

November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Instructor: Kenny Fries

Discover an array of practical and inspiring methods for empowering your writing life. One writer to another, we’ll actively explore short-term and long-term goal setting; real-life budgeting; researching appropriate grants and residencies; drafting cover letters, and submitting winning applications. We’ll also discuss alternative sources of income and creating a vibrant Internet/social media presence. Gain practical tools for becoming successful and self-sufficient.

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Book Club: In the Province of the Gods (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) by Kenny Fries

November 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Join us for our monthly book plática. Light drinks and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.

Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

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Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

November 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Free

Join us for readings by local and visiting writers in a relaxed, beer garden setting.

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Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

November 28, 2017
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.

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December 2017

Book Club: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

December 1, 2017 @ 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.

Join us for our monthly book plática. Light drinks and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.

From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”

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Holiday Open House

December 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Join us for our annual open house celebrating the holiday season. Enjoy staff-crafted food and drink, with featured readings by students from  our fall fiction and memoir workshops with Joe Jímenez and Saretta Morgan. Hear some of the great work being generated at Gemini Ink and share your own at our open mic. Guests—feel free to bring a potluck dish of your choosing.

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January 2018

Peregrinas: California Women Poets in the Southwest

January 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Come out for a special talk, reading, and book signing featuring four California Latinx writers: Marisol Baca, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, poet Yaccaira Salvatierra and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal.

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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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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