Benjamin Garcia will read from his first poetry collection, Thrown in the Throat, selected by Kazim Ali as part of the 2019 National Poetry Series. He was the 2017 Latinx Scholar at the Frost Place, the 2018 CantoMundo Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, and New England Review, among others. His essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review.
Garcia is the son of Mexican immigrants, one formerly undocumented and one whose family lived in New Mexico long before it was claimed by the United States. He received his BA from the University of New Mexico and his MFA from Cornell University. Born in New Mexico, he was raised in Texas, and now lives in New York.
Tom Barbash will read from his fourth novel, The Dakota Winters, which Interview Magazine said “works like a act of necromancy, communicating directly with New York City’s outsized celebrities, fables, histories, and locations.” His previous novel, The Last Good Chance, won the California Book Award, and his short story collection, Stay Up With Me, was a national bestseller and nominated for the Folio Prize. His nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, was a New York Times bestseller.
His stories and articles have been included in Tin House, McSweeney’s, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts.
Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series
Moderator: Phil Pochoda
New this summer:
+ The readings will start at 7:00, not 7:30.
+ Face masks and social distancing required.
+ Inside occupancy will be limited to 100 people (50% of capacity).
+ Audio speakers will be set up outside so any overflow crowd, and those who prefer, may sit on blankets or lawn chairs outside.
The speakers scheduled to participate during last year’s canceled series were all invited back for 2021. Nearly all are able to participate this summer!
The Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan, held at 7:00 pm on four Thursday evenings in July are free and open to the public; no reservations needed. (Please, no infants, toddlers or squirmers.)
The sponsors include James Laffan, Esq., Caldwell Estate Planning, Wachovia Securities, and Mascoma Savings Bank. The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand to sell current and past books by each author. Many of the books can also be purchased at the bookstore in advance, to be signed by the authors at the event.
The 1793 Meetinghouse in Canaan, N.H.’s Historic District, is located opposite the beach on Canaan Street Lake. Take Route 4 to the blinking light in Canaan; 2 miles up Canaan Street to the Old Meetinghouse. For more information, visit meetinghouse.us or call the Canaan Town Library (603) 523-9650
"Tongues make mistakes / and mistakes / make languages." And Benjamin Garcia makes a stunning debut with Thrown in the Throat. In a sex-positive incantation that retextures what it is to write a queer life amidst troubled times, Garcia writes boldly of citizenship, family, and Adam Rippon's butt.
An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination