If you're in South Florida next week (your flight north was delayed by the massive blizzard that's forming today, you came for the Super Bowl and couldn't bear to leave, you've migrated for the winter, whatever reason), put this event on your calendar.
Natasha Trethewey will be reading at the South Campus of Broward College on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free (as is parking), and it will be held in the big theatre. Events at this venue are always lovely: enthusiastic audiences, a good mix of students and community, refreshments, books to buy (bring cash or your checkbook).
The South Campus of Broward College is located on Pines Boulevard, at the corner of 72nd and Pines. If you're coming from Interstate 95, take the Hollywood Boulevard exit and head west; you'll see the campus on your left, just before University Boulevard. If you're coming from the Turnpike, take the Hollywood Boulevard/Pines Boulevard exit and head west; you'll see the camus on your left, just before University Boulevard. If you're coming from points west (the Everglades?), take Pines Boulevard east, and you'll see the campus on your right; if you get to the Turnpike, you've missed it.
Natasha Trethewey, you may or may not remember, won the Pulitzer Prize several years ago for Native Guard, a collection that left me breathless with both envy (the good kind, the kind that makes me want to be a better writer) and appreciation. I can hardly wait to see what kind of reading she puts on.