The Author’s Bookshelf: Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is a writer, performer, and educator from New York City. She is best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been seen over ten million times online. She has also been a featured performer at the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Royal Danish Theater, and hundreds of other venues around the world. She is the author of four books of poetry including B, The Type, No Matter the Wreckage, and All Our Wild Wonder. A passionate educator, Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire students and teachers worldwide. Through Project VOICE, Sarah works to promote empowerment through self-expression, challenge traditional notions of literacy, and expand access to arts education. You can find out more about Sarah Kay at www.kaysarahsera.com or find her on twitter or facebook.


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All Our Wild Wonder

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The Type

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B

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No Matter the Wreckage

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Sarah Kay’s Bookshelf:

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  • 1Q84

    By Haruki Murakami

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307476463
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: January 2013
    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. 1184p.
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

    By Ross Gay

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780822963318
    • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    • Published: January 2015
    Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.
  • Counting Descent

    By Clint Smith

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781938912658
    • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
    • Published: September 2016
  • Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

    By Nick Bantock

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780877017882
    • Publisher: Chronicle Books
    • Published: September 1991
    A novel in colorful postcards and letters depicts the enigmatic relationship between British artist Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem, a mysterious woman living on a Pacific island who can see Griffin as he works in London
  • I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir

    By Nadja Spiegelman

    Our Price: $13.50 - $24.30
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781594631924
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: August 2016
    "A memoir of mothers and daughters -- and mothers as daughters -- traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again. For a long time, Nadja Spiegelman believed her mother was a fairy. More than her famous father, Maus creator Art Spiegelman, and even more than most mothers, hers -- French-born New Yorker art director Franðcoise Mouly -- exerted a force over reality that was both dazzling and daunting. As Nadja's body changed and "began to whisper to the adults around me in a language I did not understand," their relationship grew tense. Unwittingly, they were replaying a drama from her mother's past, a drama Nadja sensed but had never been told. Then, after college, her mother suddenly opened up to her. Franðcoise recounted her turbulent adolescence caught between a volatile mother and a playboy father, one of the first plastic surgeons in France. The weight of the difficult stories she told her daughter shifted the balance between them. It had taken an ocean to allow Franðcoise the distance to become her own person. At about the same age, Nadja made the journey in reverse, moving to Paris determined to get to know the woman her mother had fled. Her grandmother's memories contradicted her mother's at nearly every turn, but beneath them lay a difficult history of her own. Nadja emerged with a deeper understanding of how each generation reshapes the past in order to forge ahead, their narratives both weapon and defense, eternally in conflict. Every reader will recognize herself and her family in this gorgeous and heartbreaking memoir, which helps us to see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most"--
  • Kindred

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807083697
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: February 2004
    25th Anniversary Edition. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white sonof a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
  • Out of the Dust

    By Karen Hesse

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780590360807
    • Publisher: Scholastic Press
    • Published: October 1997
    In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. A Newbery Medal Winner.
  • The January Children (African Poetry Book Series)

    By Safia Elhillo

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803295988
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: March 2017
  • The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart

    By Gabrielle Calvocoressi

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780892553150
    • Publisher: Persea Books
    • Published: April 2005
    "Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a wonderfully talented poet."—Eavan Boland
  • The Poet X

    By Elizabeth Acevedo

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780062662804
    • Publisher: HarperTeen
    • Published: March 2018
  • The Year of No Mistakes

    By Cristin O'keefe Aptowicz

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781938912344
    • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
    • Published: October 2013
  • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

    By Hanif Abdurraqib

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781937512651
    • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
    • Published: November 2017
  • When My Brother Was an Aztec

    By Natalie Diaz

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556593833
    • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    • Published: May 2012
    "I write hungry sentences," Natalie Diaz once explained in an interview, "because they want more and more lyricism and imagery to satisfy them." This debut collection is a fast-paced tour of Mojave life and family narrative: A sister fights for or against a brother on meth, and everyone from Antigone, Houdini, Huitzilopochtli, and Jesus is invoked and invited to hash it out. These darkly humorous poems illuminate far corners of the heart, revealing teeth, tails, and more than a few dreams.I watched a lion eat a man like a piece of fruit, peel tendons from fascialike pith from rind, then lick the sweet meat from its hard core of bones.The man had earned this feast and his own deliciousness by ringing a stickagainst the lion's cage, calling out Here, Kitty Kitty, Meow!With one swipe of a paw much like a catcher's mitt with fangs, the lionpulled the man into the cage, rattling his skeleton against the metal bars.The lion didn't want to do it?He didn't want to eat the man like a piece of fruit and he told the crowdthis: I only wanted some goddamn sleep . . . Natalie Diaz was born and raised on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Needles, California. After playing professional basketball for four years in Europe and Asia, Diaz returned to the states to complete her MFA at Old Dominion University. She lives in Surprise, Arizona, and is working to preserve the Mojave language.

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