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It is a pretty fabulous DC Fine Arts FALL/WINTER ahead. So much so that listing everything that’s going on in any kind of comprehensive way seemed near impossible. Instead, sort of like with our other guides, we decided to focus on the unmissables (in our opinion, that is-please feel free to suggest your choices in the comments).  From museum shows to gallery exhibits to the fairs and festivals and great events, we got you covered here. Please note that we will be keeping you posted on this throughout the season, so read our ART SECTION all the time.

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(Chronologically)

  • [email protected] @ Katzen Arts Center (Now through October 19)— You may have heard of Marcel Duchamp, he’s the guy who decided that a urinal was art in his piece Fountain. In honor of that style of art turning 100 years old, the Katzen Arts Center is featuring, according to their website,”contemporary artist’s submissions of “new” readymades that significantly expand upon Duchamp’s originary idea, thus celebrating Duchamp’s vision and developing the concept.” Prepare for more porcelain thrones!
  • Joshua Yopsyn: American Sequitur @ Artisphere (Now through November 15) — From the Artisphere website: Coinciding with FotoWeek DC, a selection of Joshua Yospyn’s book project on the ‘lighter side’ of liberty, American Sequitur, will be exhibited.  As he told the New York Times Lens Blog, “There is a gushing reservoir of irony, whimsy and pride in this country.”  All of which blend together in his carefully sequenced series of images, taken on editorial assignments and road trips across the country in the last five years.(Image: Courtesy of the Joshua Yopsyn website)

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  • Portraiture Now: Staging the Self @ National Portrait Gallery (Now through April 12) — From The National Portrait Gallery Website: “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self” features the work of David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadaneira, and Michael Vasquez, all artists of Latino background, who make us aware of how identities are constructed and negotiated via portraiture. Seeking to relieve portraiture of its charge to memorialize individuals and convey essential aspects of their identities, they use it instead to explore the ambiguities and changes in individual character. (Image: Garage Stack, Michael Vasquez, 2012. Acrylic and paint marker on paper. Courtesy of the artist.)

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  • Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places @ Museum of National History (Now through TBA 2015)— From the Museum of Natural History website: This juried photography exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a cornerstone of American environmental conservation. The exhibit explores the majesty, diversity, and value of the nation’s wilderness areas. Approximately 50 award-winning large-format images by professional, amateur, and student photographers reveal America as you’ve never seen it — wild, untouched, and free. 
  • Emilie Brzezinski: The Lure of the Forest @ Kreeger (Now through December 27)— From The Kreeger Museum website: The Lure of the Forest expresses Brzezinski’s fascination with trees and her love and respect for the environment. The Museum pays homage to this masterful sculptor, who for over thirty years has chain sawed and hand-chiseled tree trunks into majestic forms. Each work exhibits beauty, grace, sensuousness, and strength. Her imposing installations are awe-inspiring and express the passion Brzezinski has for her trees. (Image: Trajectory 2013. Courtesy of The Kreeger Museum website)

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  • Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow @ National Museum of Women in the Arts (September 19- November 2)— From The National Museum of Woman in the Arts website: A two-screen projection, After the Rainbow (2009) combines film clips from The Wizard of Oz (1939) with clips from a 1960s television special starring Judy Garland. Instead of the famed twister taking Garland’s Dorothy character to Oz, the young Garland is transported to the future where she meets her disillusioned older self. After the Rainbow blends the fantasy world of cinema with the complex reality of Garland’s life. (Image: Soda_Jerk, After the Rainbow, 2009; 2-channel projection on screens back-lit with fluorescents, 5 min, 42 sec.; Image courtesy of the artists)

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  •  Days of Endless Times @ The Hirshhorn (October 16- February) — From the Hirshhorn website: In a world conditioned by the frantic, technology-driven pace of life, many moving-image artists are countering this sensibility with works that suspend and attenuate time or that evoke a sense of timelessness. Days of Endless Time presents installations, including several from the Hirshhorn’s collection, that emphasize escape, solitude, the thrall of Nature, states of enchantment, meditation, and spirituality.(Image: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Horizontal [Vaakasuora], 2011)

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  • El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration @ National Gallery of Art (November 2 through February 16)— From the National Gallery of Art websiteOn the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the National Gallery of Art—holder the largest number of the artist’s works in the United States—presents a commemorative exhibition of El Greco’s paintings. From the early and derivative Cleansing of the Temple (before 1570) to the boldly innovative Laocoön (c. 1610/1614), his only mythological work, the exhibition includes 11 paintings from the Gallery and other Washington-area collections. (Image: El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), 
Laocoön, c. 1610/1614,
 oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection.)

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  • Prague, The City of Eugenic Minds @ Katzen Arts Center at American University (November 8 through December 31) – From the Katzen Arts Center website: The Eugenic Minds project, comprised of a documentary by Pavel Stingl, animations and paintings by Xenie Hoffmeisterová, and literary artwork by Patrik Ou?edník, strives to offer timeless meditation upon the abuse of the human pinnacles of science and education. Secondly, it addresses the question of academic careerism, which under totalitarian regimes reaches self-destructive proportions. This exhibition, coordinated by Czech NGO Shoah Memorial Prague, is their first presentation abroad.
  • The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia @ Freer Sackler (November 22 through May 31) — From the Freer Sackler website: Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.
  • Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories @ The Textile Museum (Late 2014)— From the Textile Museum website: “Throughout time and around the world, clothing, adornments, and other fabrics have articulated self and status—from ethnicity and occupation to religious belief. Featuring more than one hundred pieces that span 3,000 years and five continents, this exhibition will showcase The Textile Museum’s world-renowned historic collections and key loans of contemporary art textiles and fashion.” (Image: Empress or empress dowager’s surcoat. The Textile Museum 1985.33.288. Gift of The Florence Eddowes Morris Collection, Goucher College.)
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  • Man Ray: Human Equations @ The Phillips Collection (February 7 through May 10) — From The Phillips Collection website: Working in Hollywood in the late 1940s, Man Ray (1890–1976) created Shakespearean Equations, a series of paintings he considered to be the pinnacle of his creative vision… Featuring over 100 pieces, this exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, Man Ray’s inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to the geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body. (Image: Man Ray, Julius Caesar(1948), The Rosalind & Melvin Jacobs Collection, New York. © Man Ray Trust, Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, ADAGP, Paris 2014.)

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  • Mingering Mike’s Supersonic Greatest Hits @ American Art Museum (February 27 through August 2) — From the American Art Museum website: The collection is a window on an historical moment when D.C. played a pivotal role in music history and therefore held tremendous cultural significance. Black radio was new and musicians like Marvin Gaye, who grew up singing on D.C. street corners, were claiming national attention. Mingering Mike was among the countless kids who dreamed of being discovered. Untrained as either musician or visual artist, Mingering Mike nonetheless embodies a critical component of the American Dream, in which a poor black youth conquers tough circumstances by actualizing—to whatever extent possible—a world filled with fame, fortune, and happiness. (Image: Mingering Mike, Minger’s Gold Supersonic Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, (Minger Records), 1971, mixed media and cardboard, 12 ½ x 12 ¼ in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment)

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(Chronologically)

  • Pop: Everlasting @ BlackRock Center for the Arts (Now through October 3) – From the BlackRock Center website: “Drawing inspiration from those who came before, Pop: Everlasting focuses on a series of popsicle paintings where artist Cory Oberndorfer has imagined how the artists who influenced him might approach his work. The legacy of these artists continues in this new set of paintings in the series. Oberndorfer’s images of drippy summer treats cling onto youth, nostalgia, and the dream of eternal vacation.” (Image Courtesy of the BlackRock Center website

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  • Emily Francisco: Something Slightly Familiar @ Flashpoint  (Now through October 11) — From the CulturalDC website: To create a large interactive soundscape, Francisco will establish an atmosphere of looping videos and overlapping soundtracks. Viewers will encounter a series of works involving motion-activated sound, a playable musical instrument that doubles as a twelve-channel video mixer, and a piano keyboard wired to play a series of tuned radios. (Image: Courtesy of the Cultural DC website.)

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  • Essentially Qualified @ Pleasant Plains Workshop (Now through October 18) – From the Pleasant Plains Workshop website: In Essentially Qualified the artist Paul Shortt explores the contradictions inherent in being qualified for employment without the hands­ on experience necessary to land a job. Through video, sculpture, and a re-imagining of the standard resume format, the artist attempts to play, antagonize and reflect on what it means to enter the labor force.
  • Arena by Selin Balci @ Honfleur Gallery (Now through October 31) – From the Honfleur Gallery Website: Selin Balci’s concepts are explored by using living entities to recreate observable interactions and conflicts across the picture surface, where the outcomes reveal boundaries, edges and distinctive forms. Microorganisms–which become the color, texture, and context in her work–are the performers within an artificially created living platform where conflicts are played out.
  • Tamar Ettun @ Transformer (September 20 through October 25) — From the Transformer website: … a multi-media installation by Brooklyn-based Israeli artist Tamar Ettun, showcasing a selection of sculptures, photographs and video from a recent series entitled Performing Stillness. Investigating sculpture and performance’s dual relationship to movement and stillness, temporality and permanence, the works exhibited explore the inversion of these mediums’ capabilities, questioning how sculpture and performance can switch roles and stimulate a physical reaction or sensation within the viewer. (Image: Courtesy of Tamar Ettun’s website)1_objects-on-yellow tamar ettun
  • Icons of American Culture @ Athenaeum (September 25 through November 9) – From the Athenaeum website: David Allison is a master photographer and has created a series of portraits of the objects he considers icons of American culture. Many are gorgeous shots of expected items–many are humorous or personal reflections on his own experience as an American.
  • Renaissanze Rzen: Artist in Exile @ MICA (October 1 through October 14) – From the MICA website: This show will feature the work of artist Warren Hynson, who works under the name Renaissanz Rzen. Hynson has spent more than 20 years in prison and is currently incarcerated in the Jessup Correctional Institution. He began painting after being inspired by the work of his fellow prison artists. His vibrant acrylic portraits of inmates help tell the story of his own struggle and the struggles of his comrades in exile. Image from: Renaissanz Rzen, The Struggle, acrylic, brush, canvas, 30”x 40.”

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  • Steampunk @ Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery (October 21 through November 16) – From the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery website: “Focus on reuse of vintage technology, fashion (especially from the Victorian age) to create new objects for the modern age. Chronicling a burgeoning subculture which delights in making things that are a blend of the modern and anachronistic.”
  • Post-Photography: Beyond the Print @ Torpedo Factory Art Center (October 25 through November 30) – From the Torpedo Factory Art Center website: Target Gallery explores the future of photography with the exhibition Post-Photography: Beyond the Print. This exhibition investigates alternative applications of photography and challenging new contexts for creating images. Submissions are open to all-media artwork that involves an innovative approach to the photographic medium, including, but not limited to, photo-manipulation, stop-motion video, mixed media collage, artist books, photographic sculpture, alternative process photography and GIF art.
  • Gian Garofalo: New Work @ LongView Gallery (October 30 through November 30)— From the LongView Gallery website: “Each painting consists of colors mixed from pigments and mediums. Applied layer upon layer, the process requires patience and a certain amount of forgiveness. The drip and stripe combinations are arranged by intuition and personal taste”- Gian Garofalo. (Image: Gian Garofalo. Courtesy of the LongView Gallery website.)

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  • UNCENSORED: The Preview Party (September 19) — From the event website: Celebrate the freedom to read, express and create. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s Great Hall will transform into a gallery space as we unveil works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. Join us for an evening of uncensored fun including art, specialty cocktails inspired by banned books, and live music. (Image: Courtesy of DC Public Library)

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  • Art4All DC Launch Party (September 26)- From the event website: Join Mistress of Ceremonies and spoken word artist Nina Brewton, rising star and singer-songwriter Marshall Sims, and other artists as they offer a taste of Art4All DC, a three-week festival featuring leading arts organizations, signature events, and an eclectic arts calendar including performances, workshops, gallery openings, neighborhood festivals, open houses, and more. Come experience downtown DC’s newest development and walk through The Gateway at CityCenter, a groundbreaking three-plane, 25-foot high, 50-foot wide, ultra-high resolution, digital art feature by media artist David Niles. (Image courtesy of Art4AllDC website) 

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  • Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC (September 27)- From event website: Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC was founded by Ariana Austin in 2011. The festival is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights. Watch as DC’s creative community re-imagines public and private space and invites us all to see our city anew. Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work by artists in a diverse range of media – with vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs contributing to an unprecedented mash-up of cultural experiences in the nation’s capital.
  • Figment DC (September 27-28) – From event website: FIGMENT is a free, interactive, non-commercial, participatory arts festival created for, and by, the community. It is a gift for each of us. A chance to create, to engage, to play. It is not about watching someone else have all the fun, it’s about diving in and making the fun yourself. Come help us transform a beautiful urban park into a magical, family-friendly, artists’ playground! (Image by Laura Meghan Pang courtesy of Figment D.C. website)

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  • SW ArtsFest (October 2-5) – From event website: SW ArtsFest returns for its 4th year to celebrate its growing art community.  Showcasing the programming of (e)merge art fair, Arena Stage, Art Whino, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the SW Artsfest will offer a weekend of art centered activities that will encourage the D.C. area community to check out the booming SW quadrant and its various art producers.  Additional producers will be announced in the coming weeks.  A special publication will be released with in depth information on all the producers and a schedule of events that allows patrons to plan an art-filled weekend.
  • (e)merge Art Fair (October 2-5) – From event website: The fourth edition of (e)merge takes place October 2-5, 2014 at the Rubell Family’s Capitol Skyline Hotel, in Washington, DC. The (e)merge art fair connects emerging-art professionals from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC. The GALLERY PLATFORM features participating galleries in hotel rooms and other spaces on designated floors. The ARTIST PLATFORM features a vetted selection of works by independent artists throughout the hotel’s public areas and grounds. (e)merge’s two exhibition platforms inspire a new echelon of art collectors and provide curatorial access to the latest movements in emerging art. (Image courtesy of (e)merge website) 

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  • Hirshhorn Anniversary After Hours with Zola Jesus Live (October 17) – In October 1974 the Hirshhorn Museum opened its doors for the first time. Artists, dignitaries, patrons and lovers of art converged on Washington to take part in a series of gala events celebrating Joseph Hirshhorn’s gift of art to the nation and to view the Museum’s inaugural exhibition. It is in this spirit that we invite you to join us on October 17 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum, view our new exhibitions Days of Endless Time and At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection, and to be part of the dynamic future of the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian.

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  • FOTOWEEK (November 8-16) – DC’s biggest celebration of photography returns in November. Keep checking both the link and BYT for more details.

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  • Rainbow Rowell @ Central Library (September 22) The author of Young Adult sensation “Eleanor & Park” is straddling the line between YA and adult literature, with two novels in each genre. Her newest book, “Attachments,” follows a man who falls in love with a woman by reading her private emails. This “NSA Rom Com” is presumably the focus of Rowell’s September 22nd event at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium. Stop pretending you didn’t love The Fault in Our Stars- we’re all just young adults at heart. At the very least, your attendance at this event will make you uberpopular among the 13-18 tumblr crowd.
  • Charles Wright gives inaugural reading as U.S. Poet Laureate @ Thomas Jefferson Building (September 28) From the website: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington appointed Wright the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in June. At the time, Billington said he was motivated to choose Wright because of “the depth and power that lay behind a beautiful linguist,” and complimented Wright’s “sustained command of images, laced with humor and even a manner of self-deprecation.” Billington said Wright’s “combination of literary elegance and genuine humility is the rare alchemy of a great poet.” Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has said that Wright is “a poet who has spent a lifetime refining language to create poetry of tremendous evocative power.”Wright is the author of 24 collections of poems, including his most recent book “Caribou” (2014); the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner “Black Zodiac” (1997); and the National Book Award winner “Country Music: Selected Early Poems” (1982).
  • Robert Pinksky @ James Madison Building (October 7) Come and listen as the former poet laureate Robert Pinksky reads from his bilingual collection of poems, Ginza Samba: Selected Poems. The event is co- sponsored by the Library of Congress Hispanic Division and will include a discussion about translation in poetry.
  • Carl Hiaasen @ Bethesda Library (October 7) From the website: #1 New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen introduced readers to Skink more than 25 years ago and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. In the latest, Skink—No Surrender, readers will catch the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.
  • Cornel West @ Busboys and Poets (October 16) From the website: Busboys and Poets Books welcomes Dr. Cornel West to sign and discuss his new book, Black Prophetic Fire…In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival @ the Montgomery County Executive Office Building (October 18) From the website: Established in 1996 to celebrate the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birth in the city where Fitzgerald, his wife, and his daughter are buried, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, co-sponsored by the City of Rockville, the Share Fund, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc., a non-profit corporation, has for 18 years held this one-day event, which seeks to honor the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and those of prominent American literary artists; and to support, encourage, and assist aspiring and emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts.

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  • The Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival @ Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center (October 19-29). “At this year’s Jewish Literary Festival, sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center, millennials can finally feel old. That’s because Mathew Klickstein has published Slimed, an oral history of Nickelodeon, every ’90s kid’s favorite basic cable channel, and will discuss it there. But if stories about Gak and Clarissa Explains It All don’t appeal to more sophisticated readers, they’ll still find something to attend at the festival, which covers religious works and graphic novels, among many other topics.” Washington City Paper
  • Ann Patchett @ Arlington Central Library (October 23) From the website: She’ll discuss the writing life and her rich, poignant array of works. Patchett’s career stretches from undergrad publication in the Paris Review and a lengthy stint at Seventeen magazine to a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her Arlington appearance will offer special insight on the novel “The Magician’s Assistant,” a lyrical celebration of life’s mysteries and hidden joys.

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  • Marcus Samuelsson @ Sixth & I Historic (November 13) If books are art then cook books are art doubly. come check out award-winning celebrate chef Marcus Samuelsson when he comes to DC to talk about his new cookbook, Marcus: Off Duty. Born in Ethiopia, and raised in Sweden, Marcus was trained in European kitchens and has since gone on to be a five-time James Beard Award recipient. His cooking, as reflected in these recipes, is an eclectic blend of favors he has experienced in his life and travels.
  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s 13th biennial Book Arts Fair (November 14-16) From the website: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is pleased to present the 13th biennial Book Arts Fair and Conference, set for November 14-16, 2014. This year’s theme, Outside the Margin focuses on book art and contemporary prints that explore outer edges of the mediums. Our new venue in a former WWII factory enriches this motif. Outfitted for large-scale photoshoots, the eclectic Photogroup studio is next door to a new microbrewery, local gourmet ice cream and a short walk to Pyramid Atlantic.
    Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh @ Folger Elizabethan Theatre (November 17) From the website: Geoffrey Brock, the 2013 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize winner reads with prize judge, Heather McHugh. This annual reading celebrates a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. Pairing Brock’s bold new voice with McHugh’s acclaimed poetic perspective, tonight’s reading brings together two great writers with the intent to, in McHugh’s own words, “follow every surge of language, every scrap and flotsam.
  • Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff @ Folger Elizabethan Theatre (December 5) From the website: In celebration of what would have been American master Bernard Malamud’s 100th year, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Malamud Family will host previous recipients of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story in a celebratory evening of readings in Malamud’s honor. Participating authors include Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and Tobias Wolff.

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