Ottessa Moshfegh at Ada Books!

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Ottessa Moshfegh will appear at Ada Books on September 22nd at 6 pm for a reading of her new critically acclaimed book, Eileen. Afterward, Moshfegh will sign copies of her book and offer a Q&A session.

The novel flows through the distinctive voice of Moshfegh’s narrator, “a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s.” Over the course of the story, Eileen becomes implicated in a peculiar crime.

The New York Times Sunday Review of Books writes: “Through Eileen, Moshfegh is exploring a woman’s relationship to her body: the disconnection, the cultural claims, the male prerogative. “And at the time, I didn’t believe my body was really mine to navigate. I figured that was what men were for.” As a result, physical urges, particularly desire, repulse Eileen.”

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Read Moshfegh’s interview on Electric Literature:

EL: I wonder if you remember the debate over unlikeable characters—if women are always expected to write likeable characters, and so on. Do you have some hope for how your book might engage with that debate?

OM: I hope that people might see how ridiculously sexist that is. And it’s so boring. As an artist, I say fuck that debate. Let’s be done with it. The notion of likeability is a concern that the book industry has because there are people who read to feel nothing—people who read in order to check out. They don’t want to be disturbed by the words that they’re reading. They’re scared. The moment they feel challenged, they put down the book and review it on Amazon, “I just couldn’t get into this; it was too dark.” So when you’re selling a book and you say, this might have an effect on you, it turns off cowardly readers. I’m not concerned with those readers. It’s not my job to please people who can’t tolerate anything but lukewarm baths.

Sarah Gerard and Kit Schulter Reading at Ada

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Sarah Gerard, who has recently published Binary Star (at Two-Dollar Radio), will be reading from her novel at Ada Books on Friday, Feb 27th, at 7pm. She will also have books to sell and sign upon, if you are up for that.
Kit Schulter — local poet, translator, and impressario — will also be reading some words aloud.
Admission is free, and there will be snacks and drinks for the taking. Do come!

Check It Out!

There are six reasons why you should come to Ada Books at 6pm on Saturday, December 6: Mark Baumer, John Cayley, Evelyn Hampton, Joanna Howard, Amy Pickworth, and Sarah Tourjee will each be reading from their writing to celebrate the release of books by two Providence-related writers, Amy Pickworth (Bigfoot for Women) and Evelyn Hampton (Discomfort). That’s 6 readers on December 6 at 6pm! Plus Bigfoot for Women and Discomfort! Go beasts! Ada Books is located at 717 Westminster St., Providence. We hope you can join us! (Snacks yes!) REading Marked by the Beast

Three lit events this Thursday!

Providence has lots going on in the literary world this Thursday.

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Frequency’s workshop, Genre-Defying Prose, starts at the wonderful Ada Books.

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And over at the Providence Public Library, it’s a literary Gala– info below:

New England Poetry & Art Gala

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Providence Public Library Grand Hall, Providence, RI

Please join us for a special evening of Poetry, Paintings & Music, on Thursday, June 6, at 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Library’s newly renovated Grand Hall and Ship Room.  Meet and be inspired by the poetry of Fred Marchant, Stephen Dobyns, Rick Benjamin, Wendy Mnookin, Richard Hoffman, Alan Feldman, Alice B. Fogel, Jennifer Militello, Vivian Shipley, and others!  A buffet and refreshments will be served. Doors open at 5 PM for registration, appetizers and art exhibits.

Featuring Guest Poets from throughout New England, the Gala celebrates the contributors of The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art.  Winners of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry, judged by nationally acclaimed poet Denise Duhamel, will be announced live at the Gala.

Tickets: $15 by June 1. To reserve seats, please send a check with names and emails of attendees to:  The Poetry Loft, PO Box 8235, Cranston, RI 02920.  A confirmation will be sent to you with program details and additional information.

We welcome your questions at info@thepoetryloft.org

 http://theloftanthology.com/