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SPARC Presents: “Coffee Table Books Live,” Featuring Dana Gioia and Ron Koertge

November 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Coffee Table Books Live,” the meet-the-author and book-signing series hosted by the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC).

      Poet and literary critic Dana Gioia, who served as California State Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2019, will present excerpts from his newest poetry collection, Meet Me at the Light House (Greywolf Press, 2023). The former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia’s numerous accolades include the American Book Award and Poets Prize.

       Joining Gioia will be Pushcart Prize-winning poet Ron Koertge, reading from his most recent book of poetry, I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickinson’s Boyfriend (Red Hen Press, 2022). Koertge, South Pasadena Poet Laureate, is a two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature. A screen adaptation of his poem, “Negative Space,” was an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Animated Film.

        A Q&A and book signing with the authors will follow the presentation. Both books will be available for purchase. A percentage of proceeds from book sales at this event will support SPARC and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations not required.

When: Sunday, November 19 @ 7 pm

Where: The Fremont Centre Theatre

1000 Fremont Ave., Suite 100
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Admission is free


November 19, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Ave Suite 100
South Pasadena, CA 91030 United States
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