Mark your calendars–here’s what is coming up from the Literary Arts Program at Brown. Thanks, Gale Nelson!
These are all free and open to the public.
Tuesday, 1 April at 7 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Robert Coover reads from his new novel, The Brunist Day of Wrath, a follow up to his first novel, The Origin of the Brunists, which earned the William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. He has published over a dozel novels, three collections of short fiction, and one collection of plays. He is T.B. Stowell Professor Emeritus at Brown, where he taught for over thirty years, established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers, and launched the world’s first hypertext fiction workshop. Described in the New York Times as “probably the funniest and most malicious” of the postmodern writers, Robert Coover mixes up “broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls and clever word play that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it.”
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Tuesday, 8 April at 2:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Lori Baker reads from her fiction and answers questions about her work in the next installment of Writers on Writing. The Glass Ocean, the book from which she’ll read, received praise from The Guardian (UK), Harry Mathews, Thomas Pynchon and Joanna Scott. Man-Booker Prize novelist John Banville called the book “that rarest of things, a historical novel, or at least a novel set in history, that is also a work of art.” Her other books are collections of short fiction: Crash & Tell, Crazy Water: Six Fictions (winner of the Mandouha S. Bobst Prize) and Scraps.
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Wednesday, 9 April at 4:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Magnus William-Olsson reads in the Contemporary Writers Series. Magnus William-Olsson is a poet, literary critic and translator who was born and lives in Sweden. He has translated from ancient and modern Greek, Spanish and Danish, and has also published nine volumes of his own poetry and four books of essays on poetry. Editor of two series of books, William-Olsson’s poetry has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
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10 April at 7 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Peter Waterhouse will take part in the Contemporary Writers Series. Peter Waterhouse was born in Berlin in 1956 of an English father and an Austrian mother and studied in Vienna and Los Angeles. Long a resident of Vienna, Peter Waterhouse is one of Austria’s leading poets and a noted translator from both English (Michael Hamburger, Gerard Manley Hopkins) and Italian (Andrea Zanzotto, Biagio Marin). He has received numerous prizes, including the Heimito von Doderer Prize (1997) and the H.C. Artmann Prize (2004). More recent poetry includes Menz (2002), Prosperos Land (2001), Verloren ohne Rettung (2001). His latest publication is a novel/memoir, Krieg und Welt (2006).
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17 April at 2:30 pm Cal Bedient (Writers on Writing)
22 April at 7 pm Peter Gizzi (Contemporary Writers Series)
23 April at 7 pm Rosmarie Waldrop & Nikolai Duffy (Contemporary Writers Series)
25 April at 5 pm Laszlo Kraznahorkai (Contemporary Writers Series)
1 May at 2:30 pm Arthur Sze (Writers on Writing)