PLEASE SEND NOODLES BOOK CLUB
Monday January 13 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Love to cook? Wish you cooked more? Love eating and talking about food and great food writing? Join us as we cook through Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking.
Every month, Please Send Noodles will introduce a cookbook, pore over it, discuss the food, cooking techniques, where to buy ingredients, and then, cook from the book for a month and come back together for a potluck we cooked right from the book. All cooks and eaters welcome, from beginner to pro. The mission: to create a beautiful community around cooking and eating together.
We will introduce a new book every month, have cookbook authors and chefs pop in for demos and talks, and will trouble-shoot recipes in an on-going Facebook group, then come back together for food and discussion about the book. This group will get you cooking!
For the next meeting on January 13th, the group will convene for a potluck featuring dishes from Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking.
Members (prospective members included) can see what other people are planning to make right here, and can register with their own dish here.
Questions? Need help? Check out the Please Send Noodles Facebook group, or send an email to club leader Kim Foster.
Saturday January 18 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
A UNIQUE CONCERT SERIES BENEFITING THE YOUNG WRITER'S WORKSHOP
This Month's Featured Artists: SHAKESPEARE (Los Angeles) and Cameron Calloway (Las Vegas)
SHAKESPEARE is a singing/songwriting duo comprised of, Los Angeles natives, Tradessa Willis and Trevon Trapper. For 7 years, SHAKESPEARE has been honing their skills to be recognized as one of the prolific and versatile musical duos in music history. Combining skills as performers, songwriters and producers, SHAKESPEARE is generating a strong buzz and excitement in the music industry.
BMI PRESENTS: TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
Friday January 24 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
THE COMMUNAL WEST: TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS IN CONVERSATION WITH TEA OBREHT
Hosted at the Historic Fifth Street School.
Black Mountain Institute, the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival, and The Writer's Block are proud to present passionate activist and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, recipient of fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim Foundations and winner of the Sierra Club's John Muir Award. Williams will discuss her most recent book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing, a deft intersection of assaults on public lands alongside an erosion of commitment to the open space of democracy, in conversation with Téa Obreht.
Terry Tempest Williams is the author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place among others. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. She is the Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She divides her time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Téa Obreht's debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading, and has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, Vogue, Esquire among many others. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. She lives in New York with her husband, and teaches at Hunter College.
THE BELIEVER PRESENTS: CARMEN MARIA MACHADO
Wednesday January 29 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
THE AUTHOR OF HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES IN CONVERSATION WITH NIELA ORR
Black Mountain Institute and The Writer’s Block are proud to present Carmen Maria Machado, whose debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. Machado will read from and discuss her genre-bending memoir, In the Dream House—an account of a relationship gone toxic, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms of psychological abuse. Machado will discuss her work with The Believer’s deputy editor, Niela Orr.
Carmen Maria Machado’s essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Believer, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. A 2019 Gugenheim Fellow, Machado is currently the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
BIG BOOK CLUB, PART 1
Thursday January 30 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
THIS WINTER: THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
A two-part book club discussion of Thomas Mann's seminal novel, The Magic Mountain. Meets January 30th.
The Big Book Club tackles some of the thickest and most enduring novels in world literature. Broken into two sessions over four months, the club invites readers to experience these books at a leisurely pace, and to enjoy the companionship of fellow readers making the same journey at the same time.
In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps--a community devoted exclusively to sickness--as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.
Club attendees will be reading John E. Woods's English translation of the German masterpiece.
Attendees are encouraged to read the first half of The Magic Mountain by the first meeting (through page 338), and to finish the novel by the second meeting on March 19th.
BMI PRESENTS: KRISTEN ARNETT & LISA KO
Thursday February 06 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
AN EVENING WITH 2020 SHEARING FELLOWS KRISTEN ARNETT AND LISA KO
Incoming Black Mountain Institute Fellows Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things) and Lisa Ko (The Leavers) kick off their residencies with an evening of readings and conversation
Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer and the author of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestselling debut novel, Mostly Dead Things. A columnist for Literary Hub, her work has also appeared in North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, Bennington Review, Tin House/The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award.
THE VINYL SAY WITH RASAR AMANI
Friday February 07 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
RECORDS + RHYMES + REVIEWS EVERY FIRST FRIDAY AT THE WRITER’S BLOCK
Every first Friday of the month, join us for a collision between music, history, and artistry as industry veteran and renowned hip hop chronicler Rasar Amani (front man of Las Vegas’s own The Lique) explores some of the most transformative albums of yesterday and today through reviews, hot takes, Q&A’s, and special performances with notable Las Vegas musicians.
Featuring in January
Records by: DJ Mr. Vibe
Rhymes from: Rasar Amani + musical accompaniment
Reviews with: DJ Crykit
Featured Album: Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol. 2 by Slum Village
This event is free and open to all ages.
SHORTLIST BOOK CLUB
Tuesday February 11 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM
A discussion of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, shortlisted for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read a book shortlisted for a significant literary prize. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the book (and its second-place status) tell us about the year that the prize was issued?
Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion.
DOUBLE NEGATIVE BOOK CLUB
Tuesday February 18 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
EXPLORING BOOKS AND THEIR ON-SCREEN ADAPTATIONS
Join us for a discussion of Jeff Vandermeer's novel Annihilation and its 2018 adaptation by writer/director Alex Garland
THE BELIEVER PRESENTS: BRANDON TAYLOR
Monday February 24 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
THE AUTHOR OF REAL LIFE IN CONVERSATION WITH DREW COHEN
Black Mountain Institute and The Writer’s Block are proud to present fiction writer Brandon Taylor, whose debut novel, Real Life, explores intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town. Taylor will discuss his work with Drew Cohen, co-owner of The Writer’s Block.
Brandon Taylor is the associate editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub. His writing has received fellowships from Lambda Literary and the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop. He currently lives in Iowa City, where he is a student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction.