This talk will be in the Info Commons. Ava Chin, aka the “Urban Forager,” discovers rare and delicious plants in places like Prospect and Central Parks. She will discuss a variety of edible/medicinal plants, with recipes and culinary information, and also share how finding her own food uncovered…
This talk will be in the Info Commons. Ava Chin, aka the “Urban Forager,” discovers rare and delicious plants in places like Prospect and Central Parks. She will discuss a variety of edible/medicinal plants, with recipes and culinary information, and also share how finding her own food uncovered a path toward self-discovery.
About Waiting for the Barbarians: Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of our time” (Poets & Writers). In Waiting for the …
About Waiting for the Barbarians:
Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of our time” (Poets & Writers). In Waiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays on a wide range of subjects, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag’s Journals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles—none more explosively controversial than his dissection of Mad Men.
Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell’s Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, “Private Lives,” prefaced by Mendelsohn’s New Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noël Coward, and Jonathan Franzen.
Daniel Mendelsohn is the author of a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.
Choire Sicha is the coproprietor of The Awl. A two-time editor of Gawker, he has written for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as well as a suspiciously large number of magazines exactly one time. He lives in Brooklyn.
An evening you don't want to miss with Sasha Steensen, Julie Carr, and Graeme Bezanson! Come to Berl's to hear two from Denver and one from here and who is soon to say farewell! About the poets: Sasha Steensen is the author of three books of poetry, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books), and …
An evening you don't want to miss with Sasha Steensen, Julie Carr, and Graeme Bezanson! Come to Berl's to hear two from Denver and one from here and who is soon to say farewell!
About the poets:
Sasha Steensen is the author of three books of poetry, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books), and several chapbooks, including A History of the Human Family (Flying Guillotine). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Omniverse, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, and Denver Quarterly. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review.
Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence, and RAG, just out from Omnidawn. Think Tank will be out in 2014 from Solid Objects Press. She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey). She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and lives in Denver where she helps to run Counterpath Press and Counterpath Gallery.
Graeme Bezanson is a founding editor of Coldfront Magazine, an online journal of reviews, interviews, and essays on contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared, online or in print, in Washington Square, Verse, The Laurel Review, Spinning Jenny, Coconut, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. In 2013 he was a poetry resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of four full collections of poetry including Mantic, Apparition Wren, Mirror Inside Coffin (forthcoming), and Later, Knives & Trees(forthcoming) Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, New Delta Review, Typo, and Barrow Street. Her awards include: Tony Quagliano International Poetry Prize,Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. She edits poetry for Poemeleon, and teaches locally through the Inlandia Institute and online with the Rooster Moans poetry cooperative.
About Black Lake: A debut novel about a family losing grip of its legacy: a majestic house on the cliffs of Ireland. For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with …
About Black Lake:
A debut novel about a family losing grip of its legacy: a majestic house on the cliffs of Ireland.
For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with the heartbreaking possibility of having to sell, John Campbell makes a very difficult decision; to keep Dulough he will turn the estate into a tourist attraction. He and his wife, daughter and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a small, damp caretaker's cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family, and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings are forced to the surface.
As each character is given a turn to speak, their voices tell a complex and fascinating story about what happens when the upstairs becomes the downstairs, and the legacy that remains when family secrets are revealed.
About In the Course of Human Events:
Clyde Twitty could use a break, a helping hand. He’s a young man lost – in his finances, in his family – and stuck deep within the fast-settling muck of a dwindling rural Missouri town that has, in every way, given up hope. The hand that reaches down, pulls him up, and leads him forward is that of Jay Smalls, a fiercely charismatic patriarch, a man who exerts a kind of gravitational force and who breeds purpose in those who get caught in it. Un-rattled by the increasingly sinister racial undertones of Jay Smalls and his posse, and desperate to look forward and not down, for once in his life, Clyde hardly stumbles when the path he’s being ushered down takes a dark and irrevocable turn.
In this thrilling debut novel – equal parts satire and morality play –Harvkey shines a sharp light on the dark and radical underbelly of the floundering American Midwest. As he leads us down the violent spiral of a desperate youth, he explores with unflinching acuity the ugly nature of hate, the untempered force of personality, and the sometimes horrific power of having someone believe in you.
Johanna Lane was brought up in Ireland, studied English Literature at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Creative Writing at Columbia's MFA program. She lives in New York City.
Mike Harvkey grew up in rural northwest Missouri, near the city of Independence, a crystal meth stronghold long before Breaking Bad. When he moved to New York in 2001 to attend Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA Program as a Bingham Fellow, he began training Kyokushin, a brutal form of martial art known for bare-knuckle fighting, and was promoted to black belt in 2006. One of his short stories won Zoetrope All-Story Magazine’s short fiction contest; others have been published in Mississippi Review and Alaska Quarterly Review.
About Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself. Paris in the 1920s. It is a city of…
About Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932:
A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.
Paris in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.
As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis.
Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.
Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.
Join us for an evening of poetry with readings by Charlie Bondhus, Elisabeth Frost, Michael Montlack, and Robert Siek. May 22, 7:30 pm CHARLIE BONDHUS’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013. It was also a finalist for the Gival…
Join us for an evening of poetry with readings by Charlie Bondhus, Elisabeth Frost, Michael Montlack, and Robert Siek.
May 22, 7:30 pm
CHARLIE BONDHUS’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013. It was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love—which won Brickhouse Books’s 2008–2009 Stonewall Award—and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including Midwest Quarterly, The Hawai’i Review, War, Literature & the Arts, The Wisconsin Review, CounterPunch, The Alabama Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, and The Baltimore Review, among others. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, and is the Poetry Editor at The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com).
ELISABETH FROST is the author of a book of poems, All of Us (White Pine Press, 2011); a critical study, The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (Iowa, 2003); and two chapbooks: A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books, 2013), and Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press, 2009). She also co-edited Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (Iowa, 2006). Her text-image collaborations with the visual artist Dianne Kornberg have been exhibited across the U.S. In 2009-2010, Frost held a Fulbright grant as a visiting professor at the University of Wrocław, Poland. Frost is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University, where she founded and continues to edit the Poets Out Loud Prizes book series from Fordham University Press.
MICHAEL MONTLACK is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo (NYQ Books, 2011) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and its “sister” poetry anthology Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012). He has been awarded residencies at (or scholarships from) the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation, Lambda Literary Retreat, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Tin House. Montlack splits his time between New York City, where he teaches at Berkeley College, and the West Coast.
ROBERT SIEK is a poet who lives in Brooklyn and works as a production editor at a large publishing house in Manhattan. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Mary, Assaracus, Chelsea Station, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Good Men Project, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. In 2002, the New School published his chapbook Clubbed Kid, his short story “Sixteen” appears in the short-fiction anthology Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground, and Purpose and Devil Piss, published by Sibling Rivalry Press, is his first full-length collection of poetry. He occasionally blogs at hideandsiek.blogspot.com.
Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Stefan Zweig, from Oliver Matuschek’s seminal biography to Wes Anderson’s claims of Zweig’s influence on his work. Though in the 1930s Zweig was one of the world’s foremost literary celebrities, this icon of the Viennese cultural renaissance…
Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Stefan Zweig, from Oliver Matuschek’s seminal biography to Wes Anderson’s claims of Zweig’s influence on his work. Though in the 1930s Zweig was one of the world’s foremost literary celebrities, this icon of the Viennese cultural renaissance became troubled by the rise of Hitler and spent his last years in an increasingly isolated exile — from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis — ending in his suicide in 1942. In The Impossible Exile, distinguished author and Greenlight neighbor George Prochnik offers social, psychological, cultural, and political context for Zweig’s work and life. Both a compelling psychological study of Zweig and an examination of the cultural and political landscape of pre-War Vienna, the book presents a nuanced meditation on the experience of exile. Prochnik talks about his book and Zweig’s work with Eric Banks, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and a former editor of both Bookforum and Artforum as well as past president of the National Book Critics Circle.