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.ticketssantafe.org, or stop by the box office at 211 W. San Francisco St.
— Casey Sanchez
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