Two Friends Book Club: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: the Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Two Friends Book Club: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: the Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer

Join us on November 5th at 6pm to talk about Carl Zimmer’s book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you finish the book or not! Buy it in our shop for 15% off.

Celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities...

But, Zimmer writes, “Each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, but most of our DNA influences who we are—our appearance, our height, our penchants—in inconceivably subtle ways.” Heredity isn’t just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors—using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates—but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it.

Weaving historical and current scientific research, his own experience with his two daughters, and the kind of original reporting expected of one of the world’s best science journalists, Zimmer ultimately unpacks urgent bioethical quandaries arising from new biomedical technologies, but also long-standing presumptions about who we really are and what we can pass on to future generations.

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Two Friends Book Club: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

Two Friends Book Club: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Join us on December 3rd at 6pm to talk about Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams! All are welcome, regardless of whether or not you finish the book. Buy it in our shop for a 15% discount!

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

With “fresh and honest” (Jojo Moyes) prose, Queenie is a remarkably relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.

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Two Friends Book Club: Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Two Friends Book Club: Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Join us on January 7th at 6pm to talk about Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror! Buy the book in the shop for a 15% discount. All are welcome regardless of whether you finish the book or not!

Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. Now, in this dazzling collection of nine entirely original essays, written with a rare combination of give and sharpness, wit and fearlessness, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity.

Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.

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Lone Star Letter Writers at Two Friends Books
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Lone Star Letter Writers at Two Friends Books

Our lovely friend Sissy Cross with Lonestar Letter Writers is road tripping to Bentonville and hosting one of her renowned letter writing parties with us at Two Friends Books!

If you have a place in your heart for snail mail, come out from 2-4pm on October 12th. We’ll have plenty of stationery, stamps, writing utensils and typewriters but feel free to bring your own to share or swap.

This event is FREE and open to everyone.

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Coffee with Et Alia Press
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Coffee with Et Alia Press

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Friends! Come by Sunday 9/29 at 11am to meet Erin Wood, Publisher of Et Alia Press. We love this independent press because they highlight Arkansas voices and value sustainable practices in printing their wonderful titles. Come meet Erin, enjoy some lovely baked goods donated by Rockin' Baker based out of Fayetteville, and get your books signed!

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Delightful Calamities: Adult Conversations about Parents and Children
Jul
18
5:30 PM17:30

Delightful Calamities: Adult Conversations about Parents and Children

"Delightful Calamities" comes from a poem Alice Walker wrote about her daughter and her writing. In this workshop, local poet and teacher Sarah Burns-Anyieth will lead us in reading a variety of poems about parenthood and childhood. We'll explore the complexities of the child-parent relationship. Using inspiration from writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Fatima Asghar, Hanif Willis Abduraraqib, Danez Smith, Robert Hayden, Edgar Allan Poe, and others, we'll draw from our own experience as children and/or parents.

No previous writing experience needed. All are welcome. Some poems contain "adult conversations."

Please confirm your attendance here.

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Two Friends Book Club: "Baby Catcher" by Peggy Vincent
Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Two Friends Book Club: "Baby Catcher" by Peggy Vincent

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.

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Write Your Dad a Letter
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Write Your Dad a Letter

Father's Day is coming up and there's no better way to show your love than to send a handwritten letter. Drop in at Airship Coffee between 5 and 7pm on June 12th and sit down to write to your dad (or anyone!) a quick note, a long story, or a sweet memory. We'll provide all the supplies, just bring your address book! All ages welcome.

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Kids' Storytime with J'Aaron Merchant
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Kids' Storytime with J'Aaron Merchant

Join us at Two Friends on Saturday, June 8th, at 10am for a special story time with local children’s book illustrator, J’Aaron Merchant. She’ll be reading from her latest release, “Homecoming,” as well as “Embrace It!” Both can be pre-purchased through her website here if you’d like to bring a copy to have signed!

About Jae:

A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, "Jae" is an illustrator that strives to create magical content for children of diverse backgrounds. Her focus is on diverse representation in story and visual development through children's books and animation.

Her mission is to provide the youth of today a window into themselves through inspiration, imagination, and illustration. 

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Two Friends Book Club: Normal People by Sally Rooney
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Two Friends Book Club: Normal People by Sally Rooney

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.

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Author Reading: Jared M. Phillips, "Hipbillies"
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Author Reading: Jared M. Phillips, "Hipbillies"

Counterculture flourished nationwide in the 1960s and 1970s, and while the hippies of Haight–Ashbury occupied the public eye, a faction of back to the landers were quietly creating their own haven off the beaten path in the Arkansas Ozarks. In Hipbillies, Jared Phillips combines oral histories and archival resources to weave the story of the Ozarks and its population of country beatniks into the national narrative, showing how the back to the landers engaged in “deep revolution” by sharing their ideas on rural development, small farm economy, and education with the locals—and how they became a fascinating part of a traditional region’s coming to terms with the modern world in the process.

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Social Reading Hour
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Social Reading Hour

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!

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The Magic Dust Our Bodies Become: Rituals of Healing through Poetry
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

The Magic Dust Our Bodies Become: Rituals of Healing through Poetry

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.

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GennaRose Nethercott Reading
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

GennaRose Nethercott Reading

ABOUT

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.

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Open Mic Night
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

Open Mic Night

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.

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Ruth Williams + Marcus Myers Reading
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Ruth Williams + Marcus Myers Reading

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.

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