At our June book club, we'll be discussing "Normal People" by Sally Rooney. Called "the first great millennial novelist" by The New Yorker and "the literary phenomenon of the decade" by The Guardian, Irish prodigy Sally Rooney's 2019 release is already generating lots of praise:
"I'm transfixed by the way Rooney works, and I'm hardly the only one . . . like any confident couturier, she's slicing the free flow of words into the perfect shape. . . . She writes about tricky commonplace things (text messages, sex) with a familiarity no one else has." --The Paris Review
"In outline it's a simple story, but Rooney tells it with bravura intelligence, wit, and delicacy . . . Absolutely enthralling. Read it." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Rooney crafts a devastating story from a series of everyday sorrows by delicately traversing female and male anxieties over sex, class, and popularity. This is a magnificent novel." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Let's see what all the buzz is about and discuss her book over tea and cake on June 4th at 6pm at Airship!
All book club books are 15% off in the shop.
Our July book club will discuss “Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife” by Peggy Vincent. We’ll be joined at our meetup by special guest, certified midwife Brennan Straka.
“Baby Catcher is a celebration of life, a book of beautiful and passionate stories of birth -- and the mothers, fathers, families, and friends who assisted -- told by a midwife devoted to more tender and natural childbirth. This is an inspiring, important book.” - Anne Lamott
All book club books are 15% off.
Every Sunday at 3pm, bring whatever you’re reading and read it at Two Friends. Snuggle up on the couch alone, start a chat with a stranger reading something interesting, grab a cup of coffee, pick up your next read — it’s an hour of your week dedicated to literary pursuits, so spend it however you wish!
Join local poets Molly Bess Rector and J. Bailey Hutchinson for a generative poetry workshop exploring the various ways we ritualize grief, longing, and healing. Participants will write toward healing through prompts based on contemporary poems, and will do both free and guided writing exercises, as well as have an opportunity to share their work with the group (if comfortable). This workshop caps at 15 participants, and is free, though donations are encouraged.
Sign up for a seat below.
GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT is the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other projects include A Ghost of Water (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection Modern Ballads. Her work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, PANK, and elsewhere, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris. She is currently a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow.
Nethercott tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter-- and is the founder of the Traveling Poetry Emporium, a team of poets-for-hire. She holds a degree in poetry, theatre, and folklore from Hampshire College. A born Vermonter, she has lived in many cities across the US and Europe, but is always drawn back to the forest.
Friends, we are hosting an Open Mic Night at the Two Friends Pop-up in Airship Coffee. This is a free open mic.
Here’s how it works:
- Signups start at 5:30pm
- Performances start at 6pm
- Each performer gets 5 minutes
- Read a poem or prose (your own or a writer you admire). Play an instrument or sing a song. Read an excerpt from your play.
Two Friends and Open Mouth Reading Series are teaming up to bring a series of writers to Bentonville this December. Join us at Airship Coffee on Dec. 2nd to hear from two Kansas City poets, Ruth Williams and Marcus Myers.
// Ruth Williams is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), a full-length collection of poetry, as well as a poetry chapbook, Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, jubilat, Pleiades, and Third Coast among others. She has also published creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, and South Loop Review.
Ruth's scholarly work on women's writing and feminism appears in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, The Journal of Popular Culture, Michigan Feminist Studies, College Literature, and The Writer's Chronicle. In 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright scholar in Seoul, South Korea where she researched U.S.-Korea relations and interviewed Korean women poets Kim Hyesoon, Jeongrye Choi, and Kim Seung-hee.
// Marcus Myers lives in Kansas City, where he works as a founding co-editor of Bear Review, advises gifted & talented high school students, and teaches composition to high school seniors and undergrads. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Cortland Review, Hunger Mountain, Mid-American Review, The National Poetry Review, Pleiades, The Rumpus, Salt Hill, Tar River Poetry, TYPO, Yes Poetry and elsewhere.
// Open Mouth Reading Series is a community-based poetry series located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, co-curated by poets M. D. Myers, Molly Bess Rector, Peter Mason, and J. Bailey Hutchinson. Check out www.openmouthreadingseries.com for upcoming events.
There's nothing nicer than receiving a hand-written letter in the mail. Join us at Two Friends for an afternoon of coffee drinking, letter writing, and inspiration. We'll have writing prompts, paper, pens, stamps, and sample letters from literary lovers -- all you need to do is bring your friends and your address book!
If you're like us, your date's music taste can be make or break. Get ahead of the game by starting with an album you love.
Here's how it works: Show up at Two Friends and pick out a record that's reflective of your taste. Then, we'll ask everyone to pick again from the pile of hand-picked records. Whoever chose your record is who you'll spend the next 10 minutes chatting with, then we'll do a couple more rounds.
You may end up with a date, or just a new friend. Either way, you'll have something to talk about!
Join us at Onyx in Downtown Bentonville to kick off the Two Friends pop-up! Get a first look at the books and records on our shelves, meet fellow bibliophiles in town, and enjoy great food and drinks from Onyx!
Thursday, May 24th, 5-9pm
The tiny room inside Onyx, 100 NW Second Street, Bentonville, AR 72712.