2006 Events Archive
July September October December
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m./19h00
Poetry Reading by Joshua Clover and Jorie Graham
Joshua Clover is Associate Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Davis, and contributes to the Village Voice and The New York Times. The Totality for Kids is his second collection of poems. His debut work, Madonna anno domini (1997), won the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets. The Totality for Kids takes as its subject the troubled sleep of late modernity, from the grandeur and failure of megacities to the retreats and displacements of the suburbs. The power of crowds and architecture commingles with the alienation and idleness of the observer, caught between "the brutal red dream/Of the collective" and "the parade/Of the ideal citizen."
Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950 and spent her youth in Italy. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa, and is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Never (HarperCollins, 2002); Swarm (2000); The Errancy (1997); The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; Materialism (1993); Region of Unlikeness (1991); The End of Beauty (1987); Erosion (1983); and Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (1980).
Her honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.
Saturday, July 8, 3:00-4:30p.m./15h-16h30
Meet the Author of Baby Shoes: Dashka Slater
Dashka Slater is the recipient of a 2004 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her novel, The Wishing Box (Chronicle, 2000), was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, which called it “an impish novel, hopeful and full of humor.” Two children’s books, Baby Shoes and Firefighters in the Dark, will be published in 2006 by Bloomsbury Books and Houghton Mifflin, respectively. Slater is also an award-winning journalist whose magazine articles appear frequently in such publications as Mother Jones, Sierra, Legal Affairs, and San Francisco. Her book about Hollywood’s portrayal of Alcatraz Island, Lights, Camera, Alcatraz! was released in October 2005. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her six-year-old son. You can visit her web site at: www.dashkaslater.com.
Friday, September 29, 10:00 a.m./10h00
Book Signing by Colin Jones
Colin Jones is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His books include The Longman Companion to the French Revolution, The Cambridge Illustrated History of France, The Medical World of Early Modern France (with Laurence Brockliss) and Madame de Pompadour: Images of a Mistress.
Colin will be stopping by The Red Wheelbarrow around 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 29th to sign his latest book, Paris: Biography of a City, available in the paperback Penguin UK edition for 15 euros.
From the Publisher: In this intelligently-written and supremely entertaining new history, Colin Jones seeks to give a sense of the city of Paris as it was lived in and experienced over time. The focal point of generation upon generation of admirers and detractors, a source of attraction or repulsion even for those who have never been there, Paris has witnessed more extraordinary events than any other major city. No spot on earth has been more walked around, written about, discussed, painted and photographed. With an eye for the revealing, startling and (sometimes) horrible detail, Colin Jones takes the reader from Roman Paris to the present, recreating the ups and downs in the history of the city and its inhabitants. Attentive to both the urban environment and to the experience of those who lived within it, Paris: Biography of a City will be hugely enjoyed by habitual Paris obsessives, by first-time visitors, and by those who know the city only by repute.
The Red Wheelbarrow will be hosting a number of readings to
celebrate Lire en Fête on Friday 13 October through Sunday October 15.
Friday, October 13
Celebration of #13 in The Series of Unfortunate Events
RWB will be celebrating the release of the thirteenth and final volume in The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, titled aptly, "The End". Games and giveaways for courageous kids who have braved their way through the first 12 volumes!
Sunday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m./16h00
Reading by E. A. Markham
Join RWB in welcoming E. A. Markham, poet, novelist and
short-story writer as we celebrate the launch of his
short story collection, At Home With Miss Vanesa, as well as the 2005
collection, Meet Me in Mozambique, both published by Tindal Street
Mr. Markham has had numerous poetry collections published by
Anvil Press Poetry, Peepal Tree Press, Salt, and others, as well as a
collection of essays/travelogue, A Papua New Guinea Sojourn: More
Pleasures of Exile, published by Carcanet.
Visit Mr. Markham's page at www.contemporarywriters.com for a full biography
Monday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m./18h00
Poetry Reading by Phyllis Stowell
Phyllis Stowell will be reading from her new collection of poetry, Arc of Grief. The poems have been described by Sandra M. Gilbert as "Shaped in the crucible of grief, and the 'the crux of pain,' Phyllis Stowell's piercingly honest poems trace the arc of suffering that shapes widowhood..."
Stowell's previous poetry collections include Emergence, Who is Alice, and Assent to Solitude. Widely published in literary journals like the American Poetry Review and VOLT, she is also co-editor of the anthology Appetite: Food and Metaphor.
Tuesday, December 5
Reading with poet Marilyn Hacker
Marilyn Hacker will be reading from her latest work, Essays on Departure: New and Selected Poems 1980-2005 (Carcanet Press 2006). As George Szirtes observes of this work, in his recent review in The Guardian, "Marilyn Hacker's text is masterly and authoritative, in the same way as is Auden's, Rich's, Fenton's and the best of Brodsky's. That is to say she convinces us of the authenticity of a world as it exists in language, through mastery, delight, desire, passion and wit. The wit is sexual and rakish, the passion humane and dense, the delight is in the mastery that is both formal yet acrobatically flexible and free-spirited, often breathtaking." ( Read the full review on The Guardian site, November 18, 2006.)
Hacker's other books include Desesperanto: Poems 1999-2002 (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2003); First Cities: Collected Early Poems 1960-1979 (2003); Squares and Courtyards (2000); Winter Numbers (1994), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award; Selected Poems, 1965-1990 (1994), which received the Poets' Prize, and others. She has also translated Venus Khoury-Ghata's poetry, published in She Says (2003) and Here There Was Once a Country (2001).
Hacker was editor of The Kenyon Review from 1990 to 1994, and has received numerous honors, including the Bernard F. Conners Prize from the Paris Review, the John Masefield Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. She lives in New York City and Paris. [Biographical information from www.poets.org, photo Sara Barret]
Saturday, December 16
3:00pm to 6:00pm/ 15h00-18h00
Booksigning with David Downie and Alison Harris
Join David Downie and Alison Harris as they share their 10-year journey in creating Paris, Paris, Journey into the City of Light, a collection of thirty essays by Downie, accompanied by thirty black and white photos by Alison. These evocative, original reflections on the Paris Downie has called home for twenty years offer an fresh view - and memorable insights - into the City of Light for newcomers, visitors and long-time residents alike.
Be sure to ask Downie and Harris about their other decade-long adventure: walking across France to the Pyrenees, the mountains bordering Spain, primarily on old pilgrimage routes!
Red Wheelbarrow is located at 22, rue St Paul, 75004 Paris. Nearest
metro station St Paul (Bastille and Sully-Morland are also close);
buses 67, 96, 69, 76, and Balabus. Go here
for a map.
Phone: 01 48 04 75 08, Fax: 01 44 59 60 23