Book Talks, Virtual Live Events

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


When: Tuesday, August 18, 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 Two: Tuesday August 18, 2020; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (Watch Part One Here)


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


About the Speakers:

André Naffis-Sahely (Venice, Italy, 1985) is the author of the collection The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life (2017) and the editor of The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (2020). His most recent translation is Aulò, Aulò, Aulò: Poems by Ribka Sibhatu, which received a PEN Translates award from English PEN in 2020. He is the 2020 Author in Residence at UCLA.

Jane Hirshfield (New York, New York, 1953) is the author of nine much-honored books of poetry, most recently Ledger (2020). She has also written two now-classic books of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (2015), and edited and co-translated four books collecting world poets of the past. Her poems regularly appear in the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and other publications. A former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.