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Liza Achilles for “Two Novembers: A Memoir of Love ‘n’ Sex in Sonnets”

Location 7014-A Westmoreland Ave. Takoma Park, MD 20912 United States
Date Monday, July 1, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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Mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening on July 1st from 7-8 pm, when acclaimed poet and memoirist Liza Achilles takes the stage at the intimate People's Book in Takoma Park, MD to share her groundbreaking work "Two Novembers: A Memoir of Love 'n' Sex in Sonnets." This free event promises to be a true literary treat as Achilles reads excerpts from and discusses her daring book that chronicles a year in her tumultuous love life solely through the masterful form of Shakespearean sonnets. After suffering a computer overuse injury, Achilles unexpectedly fell for her physical therapist and began pouring her heart into 14-line poetic verses addressed to him between November 2016 and November 2017. With raw candor yet impeccable craft, Achilles' sonnets capture the intense passion, vulnerability, confusion, and wry humor that manifest when romantic love blooms. Her brave decision to document such intimate emotional territory through the constraints of a strict centuries-old form results in a reading experience that is simultaneously modern and timeless, personal and universal. Fans of memoir and confessional poetry will be captivated by Achilles' unfiltered yet lyrical outpourings of desire, heartbreak, self-discovery, and resilience. The sonnet sequence carries the dramatic flair and nuanced language of Shakespeare into the 21st-century dating scene with remarkable authenticity and style. As an accomplished writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals, Achilles' skilled command of language is sure to dazzle. Hosting duties will be deftly handled by Mary A. Dempsey, a respected author and editor herself, ensuring the conversation flows with insight and energy. Whether you're a longtime poetry aficionado or simply a sucker for a juicy real-life love story, this unique reading and discussion of "Two Novembers" is not to be missed. With a cozy seated capacity of just 50 guests, attendees will get to experience Achilles' soulful sonnets in an appropriately intimate setting sure to move and inspire. Open your heart and mind to this bracingly honest yet beautifully rendered romantic memoir in verse from a true poetic talent and storyteller.

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