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A literary reading exploring gun violence and its aftermath will be held Friday, October 18th at 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Produced in conjunction with the exhibit, Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with You, a multimedia group exhibit organized by the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, the reading examines issues related to gun violence from a range of perspectives. Celebrated novelist Jane Smiley will be joined by poets Jennifer Lagier, George Lober, Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts and Jodie Hollander.

 “Our Thoughts and Prayers Are with You” explores a range of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end.  Works by artists and writers from  throughout California address an array of issues surrounding access to, and use of, firearms across demographic groups. The programs examines the roles that guns continue to play in our national myths, suicide rates, individual and mass murder, domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life.

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