This Tuesday, May 5th, at 7pm, author Mary Morris reads and discusses her latest novel, The Jazz Palace. Mary Morris is the author of fourteen books - six novels, three collections of short stories, and four travel memoirs, including Nothing To Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. Recently her short stories have appeared in such places as The Atlantic, Ploughshares, and Electric Literature. The recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, Morris teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
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On Friday, May 1st, at 7pm, Céline Keating will launch her new novel, Play For Me at Book Culture on Columbus. A writer living in New York City, Keating's short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review. Céline is an avid student of classical guitar and a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar and Minor 7th magazines. Her articles have also appeared in Coastal Living, Guitar World, and Poets & Writers magazines. Her debut novel, Layla, was published in 2011. Her new novel, Play for Me is published by She Writes Press.
Honor Moore’s most recent book is The Bishop’s Daughter, a memoir, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year and her most recent collection of poems, Red Shoes. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, Salmagundi, The New Republic, Freeman’s and many other journals and anthologies. For the Library of America, she edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems and Poems from the Women’s Movement, an Oprah summer readings pick which is featured in the current documentary about American feminism, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” She has been poet in residence at Wesleyan and the University of Richmond, visiting professor at the Columbia School of the Arts and three times the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Miranda Field was born and raised in the UK, but has lived on the Upper West Side for many years. Her first collection, Swallow, won a Katherine Bakeless Nason Literary publication Award. Her second collection is forthcoming from Four Way Books. She teaches in the creative Writing programs at Eugene Lang, NYU, and Barnard College.
Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and a full-length collection, Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX 2013). She is the curator of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC, and writes for Tin House. Her poems can be seen in such places as Poetry Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others.
As part of our continued celebration of National Poetry Month, we are looking forward to the Uptown Poets Reading this Thursday, April 30th, at 7pm. The reading will take place at Book Culture Columbus and will feature readings by Miranda Field, John Reed, Victoria Redel, Honor Moore, and Leah Umansky.
This post will feature a Q&A with Victoria Redel, the author of three books of poetry and four books of fiction, most recently a collection of stories, Make Me Do Things (Four Way Books, 2014). Woman Without Umbrella is the third collection from Redel and follows the poet and a brace of her characters through romantic and familial episodes, from youth to late middle age, from moments when everything seems new to “babies grown, gone from home,” “death/ of an old school friend.” Redel’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Granta.com., Harvard Review, The Quarterly, The Literarian, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, O the Oprah magazine, Elle, Bomb, More and NOON.
The nominations database for the Nobel prize in literature is only available publicly for records more than 50 years old. From 1901 to 1964, these authors were nominated (some many times!) but were never awarded the Nobel prize.
When we went looking for Earth Day reading recommendations this year, we found that most peoples' lists seem to target the K-8 crowd. In the interest of suggesting something beyond the essential Silent Spring and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, we pulled a mix of academic and popular nonfiction (and one novel) that we think resonate with the spirit of Earth Day (which, we say, should be every day).
The centenary of World War I has been met with patriotic declarations and celebrations from the governments of the same imperialist powers—the US, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Australia—who washed their hands in the ocean of blood in 1914-18.
Forgotten—or intentionally ignored—is the fact that millions of working people who went through the experiences of the Great War at home or in battle reacted to the slaughter with an attempt to tear down the capitalist system as a whole.
The one successful overturn, the Russian Revolution of 1917, was the progressive response of the working class to the insoluble contradictions of the existing social order...
On Monday, April 20th, at 7pm, Lewis Gordon will read and discuss his latest book, What Fanon Said. Drucilla Cornell, Paget Henry, Kyoo Lee, Doug Ficek, and Nelson Maldonado-Torres, will join the event as respondents.
About What Fanon Said:
Antiblack racism avows reason is white while emotion, and thus supposedly unreason, is black. Challenging academic adherence to this notion, What Fanon Said offers a portrait of Martinican-turned-Algerian revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as an exemplar of “living thought” against forms of reason marked by colonialism and racism. Working from his own translations of the original French texts, Gordon critically engages everything in Fanon from dialectics, ethics, existentialism, and humanism to philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and political theory as well as psychiatry and psychoanalysis.