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Writ­ers block Ev­ery Septem­ber brings a new ros­ter of writ­ers, po­ets, and jour­nal­ists to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter as part of Lan­nan Foun­da­tion’s Read­ings and Con­ver­sa­tions se­ries. This year’s se­lec­tion is am­bi­tiously in­ter­na­tional, mix­ing writ­ers from Ja­maica, Aus­tralia, Scot­land with a wealth of tal­ented scribes from the U.S. The fall sea­son kicks off on Sept. 15 with Jimmy San­ti­ago Baca, a New Mex­ico na­tive whose po­ems de­pict the world of South­west bar­rios. On Sept. 29, Kwame Dawes, a pro­lific Ja­maican poet, nov­el­ist, and co-di­rec­tor of the rol­lick­ing Cal­abash lit­er­ary fes­ti­val talks with Chris Abani, a Nige­rian-Amer­i­can author whose nov­els of post 9/11 Amer­ica are crit­i­cal faves. Acer­bic Scot­tish writer A.L. Kennedy, renowned for her bit­ing send-ups of ob­ses­sion and sex­ual ro­mance, takes the stage on Oct. 20. New Yorker staff writer John McPhee speaks on Nov. 10 and is fol­lowed by rough-and­tum­ble border writer Charles Bow­den on Dec. 15. In 2011, the se­ries con­tin­ues with Lor­rie Moore on Jan. 19, Tom En­gel­hardt on Feb. 2, John D’Agata on Feb. 16, Kay Ryan on April 13, Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie on May 4, Chris Hedges on May 17, Joe Sacco on May 18, and John Pil­ger on June 15. A trib­ute to the late David Fos­ter Wal­lace called Ev­ery­thing and More takes place on March 16, 2011. Tick­ets ($6, $3 for stu­dents and se­niors) go on sale on the first Satur­day of the month be­fore the read­ing; call 988-1234, visit www.tick­, or stop by the box of­fice at 211 W. San Fran­cisco St.

— Casey Sanchez

JJi­im­myy Sant­ti­iago Baca

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