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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Five-Part Invention, by Andrea J. Buchanan by Kirsten Bowen

Trauma and abuse, as well as the practice of healing, reverberate through five generations of women in Five-Part Invention, a new novel by Philadelphia writer Andrea J. Buchanan. Kirsten Bow…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:36AM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Little Rabbit, by Alyssa Songsiridej by Kirsten Bowen

Intimacy, identity, and class complicate the relationships of the artists at the center of Little Rabbit, a novel by Philadelphia writer Alyssa Songsiridej. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:59PM
Monday, June 20, 2022

InterAct Theatre Company presents Hilary Bettis’s 72 Miles to Go… by Kirsten Bowen

This moving drama follows a Tucson family over the years as they live without their mother, who has been deported to Mexico. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:42AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

True Biz, by Sara Nović by Kirsten Bowen

Philadelphia writer Sara Nović’s new novel follows the students and teachers of a school for the Deaf, making the case that we all need a shared language. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:09PM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

EgoPo Classic Theater presents Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream by Kirsten Bowen

Brenna Geffers and Felipe Vergara adapt a 17th-century Spanish classic to reflect our contemporary world of political turmoil and division. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:50PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, by Ariel Delgado Dixon by Kirsten Bowen

Trauma and abandonment reverberate throughout the lives of two sisters in Ariel Delgado Dixon’s debut novel, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:49PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

InterAct Theatre Company presents Harrison David Rivers’s This Bitter Earth by Kirsten Bowen

In This Bitter Earth, now onstage at InterAct, a Black playwright and a white activist see their relationship tested against police brutality and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:27PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan by Kirsten Bowen

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel The School for Good Mothers, Frida’s very bad day results in her child being taken away and Frida sent to a school where mothers must learn to be “good…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:53PM
Monday, November 8, 2021

The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon by Kirsten Bowen

The past has a way of affecting the present for Liselle and Selena, the two former lovers of The Days of Afrekete, Asali Solomon’s new novel in which a lifetime transpires over a single da…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:46PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Lightning Rod Special presents We Are Trying to Reach You by Kirsten Bowen

Lightning Rod Special continues its audio series Sound Break with We Are Trying to Reach You, Katie Gould’s challenging path to pregnancy told through voicemails, song, and egg jokes. Kirs…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:45PM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Philly Fringe 2021: The Highland Lakes Players present Do No Harm and Montreal Honeymooners by Kirsten Bowen

In two streaming 2021 Fringe offerings, Austin-based Highland Lakes Players presents an alternative take on the assassination of Huey Long in Do No Harm, and explores the Canadian October Cr…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:46PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘The Natural Mother of the Child’ by Krys Malcolm Belc by Kirsten Bowen

In his new memoir, Philly writer Krys Malcolm Belc writes about his journey as a non-binary gestational parent. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:59AM

‘The Natural Mother of the Child’ by Krys Malcolm Belc by Kirsten Bowen

In his new memoir, Philly writer Krys Malcolm Belc writes about his journey as a nonbinary gestational parent. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:59AM
Monday, May 10, 2021

‘The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes’ by Xio Axelrod by Kirsten Bowen

In Xio Axelrod’s new novel, love and ambition collide when a young guitarist joins an up-and-coming rock band. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:16PM
Monday, April 26, 2021

‘Red Island House’ by Andrea Lea by Kirsten Bowen

Andrea Lee’s latest novel follows a family over 20 years as they visit their vacation home in Madagascar and witness and participate in the luxury, intrigue, and exploitation of the island…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:18PM
Monday, April 5, 2021

‘My Broken Language’ by Quiara Alegría Hudes by Kirsten Bowen

In her new memoir, playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes writes about coming of age as part of a large Puerto Rican family in North Philadelphia. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:36PM
Monday, March 22, 2021

‘Pinball’ by Patrick Shields by Kirsten Bowen

In Patrick Shields’s debut autobiographical novel, ‘Pinball,’ set in the early 1990s, we follow a senior at a North Philadelphia boarding academy as he reckons with his past, present, …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:38PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

‘Land of Big Numbers’ by Te-Ping Chen by Kirsten Bowen

Te-Ping Chen’s debut story collection, ‘Land of Big Numbers,’ casts a wide net to explore contemporary China and its diaspora. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:18PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

‘Utopia PR’ by Adam Bender by Kirsten Bowen

In Adam Bender’s near-future political satire, a crisis communications manager troubleshoots disasters for a callow reality-television star turned president while trying to maintain a semb…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:22PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

‘Sentience’ by Courtney P. Hunter by Kirsten Bowen

In Philadelphia writer Courtney P. Hunter’s debut novel, 24 participants enter an experiment to determine who among them is human and who is an artificially intelligent robot. Kirsten Bowe…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:59PM
Monday, July 6, 2020

‘Mother Daughter Widow Wife’ by Robin Wasserman by Kirsten Bowen

In Robin Wasserman’s new novel, a woman arrives in Philadelphia with no memory. Years later, her daughter sets out to find out what happened to her there, and why she has left again. Kirst…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:15PM
Monday, June 22, 2020

‘Ambushing the Void’ by James McAdams by Kirsten Bowen

The inhabitants of ‘Ambushing the Void,’ the debut collection by Philly native James McAdams, search for connection and meaning wherever they can find it, but the tables are always turni…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:19PM
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Novel Idea’s Christina Rosso launches her debut book, ‘She is a Beast’ by Kirsten Bowen

Local author Christina Rosso-Schneider’s debut is a collection of feminist fairy tales in which women fight against the “beasts” of the patriarchy—even by becoming beasts themselves.…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:45AM
Monday, February 17, 2020

‘Long Bright River’ by Liz Moore by Kirsten Bowen

In Liz Moore’s first Philadelphia-set novel, police officer Mickey Fitzpatrick patrols the streets of Kensington searching for a killer who's targeting women with opioid addiction—one of…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:27PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid by Kirsten Bowen

In Kiley Reid’s debut novel, Emira and her employer Alix navigate racism, privilege, and transactional relationships in 2015 Philadelphia. Kirsten Bowen reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:39PM
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Slovakia Searches for Itself at the International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra by Kirsten Bowen

By Kirsten Bowen. Kirsten Bowen reflects on Slovakia’s 2019 International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, which was programmed based on the theme “faces of freedom.”

SOURCE: HowlRound at 09:00AM

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