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All By Our Lonesome: Book Release and Reading @ Sanctum
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

All By Our Lonesome: Book Release and Reading @ Sanctum

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Mark Wadley will be reading from his new book All By Our Lonesome, a collection of linked stories set in a version of central Alabama where it hasn’t rained in months and the moon keeps getting closer.

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Mark Wadley is an Alabamian living in Baltimore, where he plays music, makes theater, edits Deterritorial Audio Magazine, and loves his wife. He is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore.

Joining him is MK Foster, a poet and Renaissance literature scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Columbia Review; Crazyhorse; Boston Review; Rattle; The Offing; Sixth Finch; and elsewhere; and her work has been recognized with a Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Prize, two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best of the Net nomination, and most recently, inclusion in Best New Poets 2017. She currently teaches and pursues a Ph.D. at the University of Alabama, where her interests include ecocriticism, horror, and the body.

Praise for All By Our Lonesome:
"The author of the Book of Matthew begins with an exhaustive genealogy of his new prophet-protagonist. It somehow seems fitting that any praise for this book of Mark—that is, Mark Wadley's haunting and transcendent novella-in-stories, All By Our Lonesome—would begin with a similar list of forebears. Yes, there's the echo of Brad Watson here, and Barry Hannah, probably some Denis Covington, for good measure. There's also a reverent nod to James Agee and Carl Carmer. Writers of and for the melancholy American South. But there's whimsy here too—and magic, and music-of-the-spheres, and metafiction—and therefore, also, something of the Universal. For every echo of Job and the cynic-sage of Ecclesiastes, there's the moondance of Calvino's Cosmicomics; there's Dante's urge toward a sublime and out-of-this-world kingdom come; there's the vital, ancient wisdom of Eve, of Esther, and of Wisdom's Proverbs. Even more exciting for those of us who seek smart new voices for understanding the world we now inhabit in this uneasy meantime, there is the irrefutable truth that Mark Wadley can spin a story that feels just like an old-time prophecy."

- TJ Beitelman, author of John The Revelator

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I Am The F-Bomb: A Benefit Reading for the Crisis Center @ DISCO
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

I Am The F-Bomb: A Benefit Reading for the Crisis Center @ DISCO

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It's that time again! Nitty Gritty Magic City is proud to present a reading by women from I Am The F-Bomb, a site where rad women share their stories. This reading is a fundrasier for The Crisis Center, which seeks to serve people who are in crisis, or who are dealing with mental health issues.

As always, we'll have literary cocktails by The Whiskey Thief, snacks from Church Street Coffee and Books, and some killer readings by local artists.

Doors at 7. Reading at 7:30.

Free!

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The Rev Jack Ladybird and Hightower Quasi-Semi-Annual Xmas Early Bird Spectacle @ The Firehouse
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Rev Jack Ladybird and Hightower Quasi-Semi-Annual Xmas Early Bird Spectacle @ The Firehouse

Deck yourselves with boughs and holly and come as we X-plore the X-tremes of X-mas absurdity!!
Featuring:

Local Legend and Daddy-to-be Dan Sartain!

Birmingham's Poet Honey-suckleate Matt Layne!

The Indescribable, Indefinable, Inanimate Hank Lazard!

Cosmic mother-folkers from Arkansas Nite Pup.

Nitty Gritty's Top Cat Daniel Devaugn.

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I Am The F-Bomb Live! @ Saturn
Aug
25
9:00 PM21:00

I Am The F-Bomb Live! @ Saturn

Ever wonder what it would be like if I Am The F-Bomb (www.iamthefbomb.com) was a live event on stage? This event will include live readings, music, interviews, some very special guests and events, and a raffle. Lots of games and prizes all night. Come celebrate with the women that make this site happen.

They'll be live interviewing Holly Marie Dale of The Red Spot Project (supplying feminine hygiene products to homeless shelters) and Rachael Roberts of Girls Rock Birmingham. Come find out more about both of these organizations and how you can be a part.

There will be live performances by Neeta (Sister Sniffle) and Hannah Thomas

Melanie H Smith will be the M.C. for the event. We asked the question "What have you always wanted to ask an f-bomb?" She will be "reading" the questions sent in live at the event.

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James Davis May / Chelsea Rathburn / Graham Cotten @ Desert Island Supply Co
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

James Davis May / Chelsea Rathburn / Graham Cotten @ Desert Island Supply Co

The Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series presents an evening with writers James Davis May, Chelsea Rathburn, and Graham Cotten. We'll have coffee and snacks from Church Street Coffee & Books and Seeds Coffee, beer courtesy of Good People Brewing Company, and craft cocktails from the The Whiskey Thief.

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Paige Sullivan / Andi Rogers / Kerry Madden @ Desert Island Supply Company
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

Paige Sullivan / Andi Rogers / Kerry Madden @ Desert Island Supply Company

The Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series presents an evening of literary entertainment with Paige Sullivan, Andi Rogers, and Kerry Madden. Coffee and snacks courtesy of Church Street Coffee & Books, beer from Good People Brewing Company, and craft cocktails from The Whiskey Thief. Free to the public.

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The F Reading @ Desert Island Supply Company
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

The F Reading @ Desert Island Supply Company

The Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series presents an evening with the ladies who are I Am the F Bomb, the taboo-smashing blog and go-to site for writing by women in Birmingham. Seven amazing readers will be featured, including: Melanie Tatum, Amy Thompson Holditch, Melanie H Smith, Christina Terrell, Rebecca Sheehan, Liz Buckingham, Amber Ritchie, with a special introduction by Jackie Lo. Plus there will be coffee/snacks from Church Street Coffee & Books, beer courtesy of Good People Brewing, and craft cocktails from The Whiskey Thief. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Crisis Center, Inc.

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