A Natural History of Love and Loss
Margaret Renkl

Growing up in Alabama, the author was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she offers an unusual, captivating portrait of her family and her childhood—and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world.

Margaret Renkl is the author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Proximity, and River Teeth, among others. The founding editor of Chapter 16, a daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina, she lives in Nashville.

Bao Phi’s Book Bundle

Welcome to our Book Bundle series! Authors we love choose three of their favorite titles, we bundle them up nicely, and your to-be-read pile flourishes. This round of recommended reading comes from esteemed Twin Cities poet Bao Phi. See what Bao has to say about these three books he loves! 

Bao Phi

Bao Phi is a multiple Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who has been on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and whose work was included in the Best American Poetry anthology of 2006. He is the author of Sông I Sing, Thousand Star Hotel, and A Different Pond, a Caldecott Honor Award book for children. He is currently the Program Director of the Loft Literary Center.

– 11/05/2018

AIA Miami hosts Elizabeth Rush for a conversation about her Rising and sea level rise as a part of their MCAD Book Talks reading series.

– 11/01/2018

Poets Caitlin Bailey, April Gibson, Kate Lucas, Sagirah Shahid, and Matt Rasmussen will read, followed by a conversation moderated by Carl Atiya Swanson.

– 12/04/2018

Join us at the planetarium in the brand-new Bell Museum to celebrate Claire Wahmanholm, winner of the 2018 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and her debut collection of poems, Wilder. The evening will feature a reception, a reading from Wilder, and a conversation between Claire and contest judge, Rick Barot. We’re also excited to share a special announcement about the future of the poetry prize!

– 11/10/2018

Milkweed Books is back at the MCFM for the winter season, now indoors at the Mill City Museum!

– 11/07/2018

Country Bookshelf will welcome Editors Annick Smith and Susan O'Connor, along with contributor Gretel Ehrlich, who will discuss and sign Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community and Place.

– 11/12/2018

Enjoy the music of poet and songwriter Brian Laidlaw on his Reel Rock Tour at his night at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts where he'll perform songs inspired by his newest poetry book, The Mirrormaker.


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