No. 29

In these times of fragments and fragmented times, what are the shapes of our comfort. Built and imagined. What gives boundaries and connection, healing and shelter, familiar pathways and points of rebellion.

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December 9

Join Yiyun Li, poet and fellow War and Peace reader Carl Phillips, and entomologist (and bee expert! Marla Spivak, and friends to celebrate the finale of Tolstoy Together, and a year of reading together. Online, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Register here.


Bette Howland

"So where is it, then? Where is the rightful life that is awaiting us? Where is that undiscovered territory? Where the air is clear and consciences are clean. How do we get there? How do we cut our path through this wilderness? How do we run up our flags and stake our claims? The tyranny, the tyranny of these dreams of peace and quiet."

Bette Howland's "To the Country" is part of her collected stories, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. Order your copy.


Tolstoy Together 2021

Join us over Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TolstoyTogether for an encore book club reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace to celebrate the publication of Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace. Yiyun Li will lead us again in a careful, daily reading of War and Peace, beginning Wednesday, September 15 and continuing until December 8. See more details here.

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