Kenneth Spencer Lecture: An Evening With Ross Gay at Liberty Hall


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The Raven Book Store is partnering with The Commons at the University of Kansas for the Kenneth Spencer Lecture featuring Ross Gay! Book sales will be made available at this event by the Raven Book Store. This event is in-person only. Masks are recommended.

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His first collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller. His latest collection of essays, Inciting Joy, was released in October of 2022.
 
Tickets are free and available at https://www.universe.com/RossGay.
 
The Kenneth Spencer Lecture Series is presented by The Commons each year, through the support of the Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture fund.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Liberty Hall
644 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Inciting Joy: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643753041
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Algonquin Books - October 25th, 2022

“BRILLIANT.” —Ada Limón, U.S.


The Book of Delights: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643753287
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Algonquin Books - August 16th, 2022

The New York Times bestselling book of essays celebrating ordinary delights in the world around us by one of America's most original and observant writers, award-winning poet Ross Gay.

As Heard on NPR's This American Life


“Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small mir


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780822963318
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize

Finalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—


Be Holding: A Poem (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822966234
Availability: This book is backordered. We'll happily get it for you but we're not sure how long it'll take.
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 8th, 2020

Winner, 2021 PEN/Jean Stein AwardWinner, 2022 Indiana Author Award in Poetry
Be Holding is a love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving—known as Dr. J—who dominated courts in the 1970s and ‘80s as a small forward for the Philadelphia ‘76ers. But this book-length poem is more than just an ode to a magnificent athlete.


Bringing the Shovel Down (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780822961352
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 23rd, 2011

Bringing the Shovel Down is a re-imagination of the violent mythologies of state and power.


Against Which By Ross Gay Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933880006
Availability: This book is backordered. We'll happily get it for you but we're not sure how long it'll take.
Published: CavanKerry Press - October 31st, 2006

An exploration of the various ways language can help us transcend both the banal and unusual cruelties which are inevitably delivered to us, and which we equally deliver unto others. These poems comb through violence and love, fear and loss, exploring the common denominators in each.