Join Susan Daitch & Lisa Jarnot for an evening of readings and discussion. Inspired by the Beats, Black Mountain, and the New York School, Lisa Jarnot emerged in the 1990s as one of the foremost poets of the post-Language avant-garde. Joie de Vivre draws on twenty years of work, from the bold …
Join Susan Daitch & Lisa Jarnot for an evening of readings and discussion. Inspired by the Beats, Black Mountain, and the New York School, Lisa Jarnot emerged in the 1990s as one of the foremost poets of the post-Language avant-garde. Joie de Vivre draws on twenty years of work, from the bold fragmentation of her mixed media debut, Some Other Kind of Mission, to the experimental lyricism of her recent Night Scenes. Following the poet's evolution through her engagements with form and music, Joie de Vivre showcases Jarnot's restless virtuosity and relentless curiosity. The archaic, the surreal, the pastoral, the political—no register of language proves too recalcitrant for her expansive sense of song. David Foster Wallace hailed Susan Daitch as "One of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the US today." Simply one of the most admired and imitated poets of her generation, Lisa Jarnot's third volume of poetry does what only Jarnot can do. Decidedly lyrical, always reliant on repetition and rhythm, what emergies in this book is a catalog of loves and laments: "Just the eldergrass and him, the fog, unpoliced and safe inside the train, the thoughts of rain, Apollo, and the sun..." As Stan Brackage has said of Jarnot, "[H]er words are never severed from the means that engendered them; and the consequent meanings are never detached from the meditative drama of each whole poem."
Lisa Jarnot was born in Buffalo, New York in 1967. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo during the late 1980s and Brown University from 1992-1994. Since the mid-1990s has been a resident of New York City.
Susan Daitch is the author of four works of fiction and her work was the subject of a recent issue of "The Review of Contemporary Fiction." Her short fiction has been included in "The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Fiction," "Tin House," "Guernica," "Bomb," "Conjunctions", McSweeney's, "The Brooklyn Rail," "The Pushcart Prize Anthology," "Ploughshares," "The Village Voice," and elswhere. Her work has been the recipient of two Vogelstein awards, research grants from NYU, CUNY, a finalist for a Howard Foundatin grant, the 2010 Failbetter Novella Award, and was awarded a 2012 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation of the Arts. Her novel L.C. won an NEA Heritage Award and was a Lannan Foundation Selection. She teaches at Hunter College. She lives in Brooklyn with her son.
Readers couldn’t get enough of private detective Claire DeWitt—fearless, experimental, relatable, and secretly caring and sensitive—in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, the first book in the new series by Sara Gran (Dope, Come Closer). It’s no surprise that anticipation is high for book…
Readers couldn’t get enough of private detective Claire DeWitt—fearless, experimental, relatable, and secretly caring and sensitive—in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, the first book in the new series by Sara Gran (Dope, Come Closer). It’s no surprise that anticipation is high for book two, CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE BOHEMIAN HIGHWAY, which the beloved Gran, now a writer for TNT’s Southland, delivers this June from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Gran, who was praised by Bruce DeSilva as “one of the more original writers working today,” and by Sue Grafton as the “first fresh literary voice I’ve heard in years” sends Claire scouring through the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area in search of her ex-lover’s killer with the help of her new assistant Claude and the writings of French detective Jacques Silette (bigger role in this book!). It’s addictive, personal because Gran swears Claire is semi-autobiographical, and perfect for summer and late-into-the-night reading.
Sara Gran revels in genre conventions while breaking every one. Salon’s Laura Miller, who compares Gran to Gillian Flynn, praises her in how “she picks a certain genre…and subverts it enough to make each book wholly distinctive.” Readers who loved the inside access to post-Katrina New Orleans in Gran’s first book will again appreciate the ins and outs of San Francisco and the Northern California coastline not present in any tour guides—the second book satisfies while remaining unique from the first, wholly unpredictable, and open for more.
People are rabid for Gran and her infectiously genuine personality—she could make a fan out of astrophysicists in Antarctica if you give them five minutes with her and her books. And there’s more Claire DeWitt to come! The series was recently adapted into a new television series by Southland producers John Wells, Andrew Stearn and Christopher Chulack. Gran will write the pilot, and is already hard at work on book three.
Sara Gran is the author of Saturn's Return to New York (2001), Come Closer (2003), Dope (2006), and the forthcoming Claire DeWitt & The City of the Dead (2011), the first in a series of novels featuring private eye Claire DeWitt. Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and as many languages. Her books have been optioned for film by Miramax, Dimension, and Paramount. Born in Brooklyn in 1971, Ms. Gran lived in New York City until 2004. Since then she has traveled widely and lived throughout the US including Miami and New Orleans. She now resides in the state of California. Before making a living as a writer, Ms. Gran had many jobs, primarily with books, working at Manhattan bookstores like Shakespeare & Co, The Strand, and Housing Works, and selling used & rare books on her own.
Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City.
For the Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures paperback launch party, Emma Straub invites some friends to tell their own Hollywood stories. Special guests include Brian McGreevy (Hemlock Grove), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Lullaby of Polish Girls), writer and radio producer Starlee Kine, and more! In 1920, …
For the Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures paperback launch party, Emma Straub invites some friends to tell their own Hollywood stories. Special guests include Brian McGreevy (Hemlock Grove), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Lullaby of Polish Girls), writer and radio producer Starlee Kine, and more!
In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters, is born in idyllic Door County, Wisconsin. Her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, and more than anything, Elsa relishes appearing onstage, where she soaks up the approval of her father and the embrace of the audience. But when tragedy strikes her family, her acting becomes more than a child¹s game of pretend.
While still in her teens, Elsa marries and flees to Los Angeles. There she is discovered by Irving Green, one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, who refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette and renames her Laura Lamont. Irving becomes Laura’s great love; she becomes an Academy Award-winning actress—and a genuine movie star. Laura experiences all the glamour and extravagance of the heady pinnacle of stardom in the studio-system era, but ultimately her story is a timeless one of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.
Ambitious and richly imagined, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is as intimate—and as bigger-than-life—as the great films of the golden age of Hollywood. Written with warmth and verve, it confirms Emma Straub’s reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in fiction.
Emma Straub is from New York City. Her first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, was published by Riverhead Books in September 2012. Her debut story collection Other People We Married, was published in February 2012 by Riverhead Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Vogue, and New York, and many other journals. She is a staff writer for Rookie. Emma lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.