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Readings by poet Sam Hazo and Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão, plus a read-a-thon at Eljay's.

Blood of the Sun is "a perfect English rendering of Salgado Maranhão's deft expression."

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Effectively translating poetry can be as much an achievement as writing it. Touring with leading Afro-Brazilian poet Salgado Maranhão is translator Alexis Levitin, as they present Maranhão's first collection in English. Blood of the Sun is "a perfect English rendering of Salgado Maranhão's deft expression,"¬†according to Gregory Rabassa, translator of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Born in 1953, in Brazil's impoverished northeast, Maranhão won the country's highest poetry award for a previous collection and has worked as a lyricist with many popular Brazilian recording artists. His poetry examines sociopolitical issues through a sensual, jazz-informed idiom. Levitin has written 32 books in translation and is professor of English at SUNY-Plattsburgh. The pair will speak at Chatham University's Mellon Living Room. 8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 18. Chatham campus, Shadyside. Free. 412-365-1190 or www.chatham.edu (Catherine Sylvain)

Sounds like a bibliophile's dream weekend: Eljay's Books hosts a 24-Hour Read-A-Thon for charity. In two previous read-a-thons, only five readers have made it all 24 hours. (Wonder what they read?) But short-term readers are welcome, as are audio-book-listeners. Registration for the event closed Oct. 1, but you can still sponsor readers, or make a donation to provide them with free food and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, which each year provides educational programs to 14,000 adults and families. Noon, Sat., Oct. 13-noon, Sun., Oct. 14. 3233 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412-344-7444. (Bill O'Driscoll)

One of Pittsburgh's most distinguished poets, Sam Hazo, reads Oct. 13 at Munhall's Pump House. Hazo was Pennsylvania's first poet laureate and is an emeritus professor of English at Duquesne University. But he's perhaps best known around here as director of the International Poetry Forum, which for decades brought world-class poets to Pittsburgh. (That series ended in 2009.) Today's event is titled "Like a Man Gone Mad," after Hazo's 2010 collection, which the great poet Adam Zagajewski called "[a] beautiful book distilled from years and years of living and writing." The Pump House, property of the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp., is a vestige of the Homestead Steel Works, site of an infamous and deadly 1892 labor battle. Hazo's reading event concludes the Battle of Homestead Foundation's 2012 series of talks and performances. 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13. 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall. Free. 412-782-0171 or 724-935-2677 (BO)

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