Friday, October 9, 2009

Yakich/Bragg/Brewer To Read

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Why's a poet quoting a recipe? Because it's a recipe "we've waited all our lives for."

The poet is Mark Yakich. He teaches at Loyola University in New Orleans. And he's answering the good people at Ploughshares magazine when asked: "Favorite recipe." Yakich's answer on the "pshares" blog: "The Moroccan Chicken Recipe We've Waited All Our Lives For." (In the same spirit and to the question "What's on your desk," Yakich answered: "A mess.")

Moroccan chicken. A mess. How about The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine? That's the title of Yakich's most recent book, from Penguin, of poems. (And that's Yakich in a self-portrait, left.)

Interested in hearing Yakich read? He's at Burke's Book Store on Friday, October 9th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Wondering what Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg's been up to? He's been back in his home state of Alabama, and he's written about the lives of the workers in a cotton mill in The Most They Ever Had (McAdam/Cage).

Bragg's friend Sonny Brewer has been back at the writing desk too. His latest novel concerns a centuries-old oak called Ghosthead and a widow who hires a biker to take a chainsaw to it. Find out why in The Widow and the Tree (also from McAdam/Cage).

Bragg and Brewer will both be signing their latest books at Davis-Kidd Booksellers on Sunday, October 11th, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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