Book Talks, Virtual Live Events

Book Talk: And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again, Part One


When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: FREE/Suggested Donation

As our world is transformed by the coronavirus pandemic, writers offer a powerful antidote to the fearful confines of isolation: a window onto lives and corners of the world beyond our own. Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual talk with contributing authors from And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again, an anthology of literary dispatches from life during the pandemic.

And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again takes its title from the last line of Dante’s Inferno, when the poet and his guide emerge from hell to once again behold the beauty of the heavens. In that spirit, the stories, essays, poems, and artwork in this collection detail the harrowing experiences of life in the pandemic, while pointing toward a less isolated future.

Net proceeds from And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which helps the passionate booksellers get back on their feet after the lockdown. Purchase the anthology from Restless Books directly here.

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When: Part One: Tuesday August 11, 2020; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (Click here for Part Two)


This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.


About the Speaker:

Rajiv Mohabir (London, United Kingdom, 1981) is the author of The Cowherd’s Son (2017), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, and The Taxidermist’s Cut (2016), a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He is the translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (2019), which was supported by a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. His memoir Antiman, winner of the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is forthcoming from Restless Books (2021). He is an assistant professor of poetry at Emerson College.