08 June 2009

June READINGS & Events Listing...

Orhan Pamuk said: "For me, a good day is a day like any other, when I have written one page well. Except for the hours I spend writing, life seems to me to be flawed, deficient, & senseless." (from The Writers' Almanac)

LIST BELOW IS IN 3 parts:
1 readings by date, asterisks for book events
2 creative Writing Workshops,
3 Reviews News & New Reviews: calls for work or new pubs announcements

PART I: JUNE readings, literary & a few other events by date:

*8 June at 7 pm: Bilingual reading with MARILYN HACKER & MARIE ETIENNE, who will be presenting Marilyn Hacker's translation of Marie Etienne's 'King of A Hundred Horsemen', (Farrar Strauss & Giroux) winner of the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation/ lauréat en 2009 du prix de poésie traduite de PEN Club américain & which won The Robert Fagles Translation Prize’ Read an online review of the book by Ron Slate at:http://ronslate.com.s6980.gridserver.com/king_hundred_horsemen_poems_marie_tienne_trans_marilyn_hacker_farrar_straus_giroux This reading is part of the festival : Paris en Toutes Lettres. AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St. Paul, 75004 Paris. Tel (+33) 1 48 04 75 08 http://www.theredwheelbarrow.com/ M° St Paul (or Cité des Arts)

*8 June 7pm For Paris en Toutes Lettres, Dennis Cooper will read from his recent book of short stories Ugly Man. Described as a 'born writer' by William Burroughs, & 'the most important transgressive literary artist since Burroughs' by Salon.com, Dennis Cooper is a profoundly original American visionary. Growing up in Southern California Dennis is the founder of Little Caesar Magazine & Press, & author of The George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, & Period. His post-George Miles Cycle novels include My Loose Thread, The Sluts & the highly acclaimed God, Jr. Other works include the short-story collection Wrong, a collection of poetry The Dream Police & All Ears: Cultural Cristicism, Essays & Obituaries. Dennis currently spends his time between Los Angeles & Paris. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.

ALL June: Périphérie du 27e Marché de la Poésie, see the schedule of ma,ny events all round France online at : http://poesie.evous.fr/La-Peripherie-du-27e-Marche-de-la.html

Until June 20th you can see (again) "the broken handle cup", the exhibition of simon boudvin AT: galerie jean brolly, 16 rue montmorency, 75003 paris (tue-sat)

*until 28 juin, Du mercredi au samedi 19h, dimanche 15h, « La Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jeanne de France », De Blaise Cendrars, Mise en scène Balázs Gera, Avec Mathieu Antajan (acrobate), Pascal Doudement (plasticien), Guillaume Gilliet (comédien). Infos/réservations 01 44 54 53 00, http://www.maisondelapoesieparis.com/ AT : Maison de la Poésie, Passage Molière - 157 rue Saint Martin Paris 3e, M° Rambuteau / Les Halles

*9 June at 7pm. Daniel Mendelsohn will return to the Village Voice for an evening program. Daniel Mendelsohn, an award-winning author & critic, began a career in journalism in New York City, & since then his articles, essays, reviews & translations have appeared frequently in numerous national publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Esquire, & The Paris Review. From 2000 until 2002, he was the weekly book critic for New York magazine, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing in 2001. Since 2000, he has been a frequent contributor of book, film, & theater reviews to The New York Review of Books; for the latter, he was awarded the 2002 George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism. His book reviews & essays on literary topics appear as well in The New Yorker & The New York Times Book Review, & he is also a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. Mr. Mendelsohn is the author of four books: a memoir of family history & sexual identity, The Elusive Embrace: Desire & the Riddle of Identity (Knopf 1999; Vintage 2000); a scholarly study of Greek tragedy, Gender & the City in Euripides' Political Plays (Oxford University Press, 2002; paperback, Oxford University Press, 2005); the award-winning international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, about his world-wide search for information about the fates of six relatives who perished in the Holocaust; & a collection of his essays on literature & the arts, How Beautiful It Is & How Easily It Can Be Broken (HarperCollins, 2008). AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/index.html

*10th of June at 19h FICTION & NONFICTION Reading : With Mary Ellen Gallagher, Dimitri Keramitis, Pamela Shandel, Marie Houzelle & Wendy Richardson AT : Le Next
17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles

10 June 18.30 & 19.30, Guided tours of the Old Library, HERITAGE & BOOKS!!! admission free, reservation necessary. The Old Library of the Irish College is one of the few surviving libraries of the many colleges, convents & monasteries which were situated in the Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève area of Paris until the end of the 18th century. Another opportunity to see the Old Library & its three illuminated manuscripts dating from c.1500. Reservation necessary – 01 58 52 10 30 AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Info/res for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

*10 juin à 19h : Rencontre-lectures "Le haïku des femmes" avec ISABEL ASUNSOLO, CATHERINE BELKHODJA, JANICK BELLEAU et DANIÈLE DUTEIL, qui ont participé au recueil Regards de femmes - haïkus francophones. AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/

*11 juin à partir de 18h La librairie Cahiers de Colette vous invite à rencontrer Firouz NADJI-GHAZVINI à l'occasion de la parution de « Le trèfle bleu » Éditions Denoël AT : Les Cahiers de Colette, 23/25 rue Rambuteau 75004 PARIS, tél : 01 42 72 95 06 http://www.lescahiersdecolette.com/f/index.php

*11 June at 19.30. Matthew Cobb will present & sign “The Resistance: The French Fight Against the Nazis” Based on hundreds of French eye-witness accounts & including recently-released archival material, The Resistance uses dramatic personal stories to take the reader on one of the great adventures of the 20th century. The tale begins with the catastrophic Fall of France in 1940, & shatters the myth of a unified Resistance created by General de Gaulle. In fact, De Gaulle never understood the Resistance, & sought to use, dominate & channel it to his own ends. Brave men & women set up organisations, only to be betrayed or hunted down by the Nazis, & to die in front of the firing squad or in the concentration camps. Over time, the true story of the Resistance got blurred & distorted, its heroes & conflicts were forgotten as the movement became a myth. By turns exciting, tragic & insightful, The Resistance reveals how one of the most powerful modern myths came to be forged & provides a gripping account of one of the most striking events in the 20th century. RSVP IS IMPERATIVE via books@whsmith.fr AT: WHSmith - 248, rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris - M°Concorde Free.

12 juin à 14h : FILM : Dans le cadre des Rencontres doctorales du secteur Lettres, Sciences humaines et sociales de l’université Paris-Diderot, il y aura une projection de « SECRECY » Un film de Peter Galison et de Robb Moss, 2008 'In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. – Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism, or our Achilles heel. But is so much secrecy a bad thing? 'Secrecy saves […]. 'Secrecy corrupts […]. 'This film is about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.' Le film sera suivi d’un débat avec un des réalisateurs, Peter Galison, professeur de l’histoire des sciences et de physique à l’Université de Harvard, et co-auteur d'une étude importante sur 'Objectivity' (2007, avec Lorraine Daston).AT: UFR d’Etudes anglophones, Institut Charles V, 10, rue Charles V, salle A42, (Métros : St-Paul, Bastille ou Sully-Morland)

*12 June: 7pm Reading by Jill Jonnes on : “Eiffel's Tower”, published by Viking AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St. Paul, 75004 Paris. Tel (+33) 1 48 04 75 08 http://www.theredwheelbarrow.com/ M° St Paul (or Cité des Arts)

*12 juin à partir de 18h La librairie Cahiers de Colette vous invite à rencontrer Philippe MEYER à l'occasion de la parution de « Un Parisien à travers Paris » Éditions Robert Laffont AT : Les Cahiers de Colette, 23/25 rue Rambuteau 75004 PARIS, tél : 01 42 72 95 06 http://www.lescahiersdecolette.com/f/index.php

13 June 13 from 6 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.Grace Teshima has the pleasure to announce a special Collectors' Evening & viewing of the paintings of MARYANNE POLLOCK "HUMAN GRID" in the presence of the artist PLEASE RSVP FOR DOORCODE/address Telephone: 01.42.62.45.98/06.98.42.69.69

*14 juin 2009, l’Association pour l’Etude du surréalisme, présidée par M. Henri Béhar vous invite à la lecture du livre avec Sarane Alexandrian dans l’atelier de Virginia Tentindo, Bateau-Lavoir, 6 rue Garreau 75018, interphone Tentindo, métro Abbesses.

*14th June at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of Gwyneth Hughes’ musical "Sub Rosa" A briefcase full of stolen jewelry is buried in a garden where the protagonists of a new love affair & an old love affair meet. Secretly, a third couple do everything in their power to retrieve the briefcase. A musical comedy. AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, Metro : Tuileries. (Programme subject to change: latest version available on the website : http://www.movingparts.org.uk/)

* 15 June 7pm. Shakespeare & Company welcomes three writers, Hall Gardner, Diana Ayton-Shenker & Nina Zivancevic. BIOS: Diana Ayton-Shenker is founder of Fast Forward Fund, & of Global Momenta, Inc. She is also Professor & Sr. Fellow in Philanthropy at Bard Globalization & International Affairs in NYC. Tumbalalaika is her first collection of poetry. Hall Gardner’s first book of poems is The Wake-Up Blast. He has written extensively on international political issues & is the author of Averting Global War & American Global Strategy & the War on Terrorism. His poetry & prose has appeared in Paris Atlantic & The Paris Review, among other journals. He is a professor at The American University of Paris. Serbian born, Nina Zivancevic has published 12 books of poetry, three books of short stories, two novels & a book of essays. She is also a playwright, art critic, translator & contributing editor to NY ARTS. The recipient of three literary awards, she has edited & participated in numerous anthologies of contemporary world poetry. As editor & correspondent she has contributed to New York Arts Magazine, Modern Painters, American Book Review, East Village Eye, Republique de lettres. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.

*15th June—8:30pm onwards: COME READ as part of Spoken Word, Paris!!! Theme for the eve: Air & Water/L'air & l'eau. You could write explicitly about the elements water & air, or you could just try to include something of one or the other element in what you read. eg a drop of water, the sky. 5minute reading limit per person!!! IN French or English.AT: Cabaret Populaire "Culture Rapide," 103 rue Julien Lacroix. Métro Belleville or Pyrénées See more on their blog at http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ FYI: It is possible to have crepes at Cabaret Populaire, in case you missed dinner/need a desert!!!

*16 June à 19h30 : COLE SWENSEN et DAVID LESPIAU read in French & English for Ivy Writers Paris. BIOS: Cole Swensen has published 12 books of poetry, including Ours (Univ of CA, 2008), The Glass Age (Alice James Books, 2007), The Book of a Hundred Hands, (Univ of IA, 2005), Goest (2004) which was a National Book Award finalist, Oh, (Apogee, 2000), Try, (Univ. of IA, 1999), New Math, (William Morrow & Co., 1988), & It's Alive, She Says (Floating Island, 1984). Such Rich Hour, (Univ of IA, 2001), Numen (Burning Deck, 1995), Park, (Floating Island, 1991) & Noon (Sun & Moon Press, 1997, now at Green Integer) have been translated into French. Swensen also translates numerous French poets, runs La Presse—an American press publishing translations of French poetry into English, is a professor for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, & is recent co-editor of the 2009 “American Hybrid” Norton Anthology. David Lespiau has also published a dozen or so poetry collections & many chapbooks, including: Opération Lindbergh, (Contrat Maint, 2002), L’épreuve du Prussien, (Le Bleu du ciel, 2003), La poursuite de Tom, (Farrago/Léo Scheer, 2003), La poule est un oiseau autodidacte, (éditions de l’Attente, 2005), De l'électricité comme moteur, (éditions de l’Attente, 2006), Réduction de la révolution la nuit, (Contrat Maint, 2005), Quatre morcellements ou l'affaire du volume restitué, (Le Bleu du ciel, 2006), La fille du département Fiction, (éditions de l’Attente, 2007), Scan de felo, (Amastra-N-Gallar, 2008), Supplément Celmins, (Little Single, 2008), Djinn jaune, (éditions de l’Attente, 2008), Peliqueiros, prose, (Amastra-N-Gallar, 2009), Oh un lieu d’épuisement, (Contrat maint, 2009), Ouija-Board., Héros-Limite (version américaine : Cole Swensen ; version allemande : Cosima Weiter), 2009. He has been a regular author for the revue CCP cahier critique de poésie (cipM) & co-directs ISSUE with Éric Giraud & Éric Pesty. AT : Le Next, 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris, M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles, Gratuit! Free! http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.com/ !

*16 juin à partir de 18 h : Le lancement du numéro exceptionnel sur l’altérité et la traduction de la Traductière, « L’altérité en question / Questioning Otherness » et l’inauguration de l’exposition « L’autre et le même / The Other & the Same » à l’Institut culturel roumain (1, rue de l’Exposition, Paris 7e). http://poesie@festrad.com/ or http://www.festrad.com/ for more.

*16 June at 8pm. LIVE POETS annual BLOOMSDAY reading. Come hear Joyce read by delectable voices with the ol’ true Irish accent!!! This event will conclude the 2008-2009 series run by John Kliphan, so stop in before summer breaks us up & have a pint, give us a listen & enjoy! THE HIGHLANDER PUB, 8 rue de Nevers, 75006 Paris, m° Odéon.

*16 juin lecture en Sorbonne à l'occasion de la publication à Paris du premier volume des poésies de Wulf Kirsten (Weimar) en traduction française.

*16 June 19.30, “Bloomsday: The Joyce of Music” Terence Killeen is a journalist & the author of Ulysses Unbound: A Reader’s Companion to James Joyce’s Ulysses (2004). A lover of Joyce & music, he will explore this theme in the work of James Joyce & play some of his favourite pieces. admission free, in English AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

*16 June: 7pm: Reading by David Francis: “Stray Dog Winter Macadam” published by Cage Press, AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St. Paul, 75004 Paris. Tel (+33) 1 48 04 75 08 http://www.theredwheelbarrow.com/ M° St Paul (or Cité des Arts)

17 June 18.30 – 20.00, Vernissage of Jonathan Cummins “When I Leave These Landings” Irish filmmaker Jonathan Cummins has spent eight years working with Irish prisoners as part of the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) “Prison Art Programme”. Emerging from this practice, When I Leave These Landings is the result of a highly intimate dialogue with Irish political prisoners. The films explore the impact of incarceration & extreme ideological conviction on the self through the conflicting demands of paramilitary, prison, family & personal life. admission free (Show extends from the 18 June – 12 July 09) AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

18 June: The 27th Marché de la Poésie opens its stalls, invites you out for readings & merriment & the opportunity to spend all your hard-earned cash on beautiful, fabulous poetry books to read, give to friends, just admire!!! See the schedule of events at http://poesie.evous.fr/Dossier-de-presse.html

*18 June at 7pm: Tarun Tejpa will discuss his new novel, just published in India: The story of my Assassins ("a muscular, incisive, & deeply sardonic comment on 21st century India"). Tarun J Tejpal is a journalist & publisher. In a 26-year career, he has been an editor with the India Today & The Indian Express groups, & the managing editor of Outlook, one of India's premier newsmagazines. He has also written for several international publications, including The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Financial Times & Prospect. Tarun's debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, was published by Picador Books in England in 2005. The Sunday Times hailed it as "an impressive & memorable debut"; Le Figaro as a "masterpiece"; & Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul declared, "At last—a new & brilliantly original novel from India." In France the book won the Prix Millepages. Several language rights have been sold around the world, including Italian,Greek, Spanish, Russian & Polish. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/index.html

18 June 10.00 – 16.00, admission free, reservation advisable, in English & French “It is Our Prison” SYMPOSIUM Within the context of the NCAD “Prison Art Programme”, this symposium addresses the dynamic between society & imprisonment at a political & artistic level. The artist & professor Brian Maguire asserts: “Prison belongs to us not the offender. He (mostly he not she) is our prisoner. It is our prison. Its rules & budgets are set by our parliament. It is our responsibility to have a care for the nature of our prisons”. Other participants include filmmakers Jonathan Cummins & Joe Comerford, who have both delivered the programme, Dr. Siún Hanrahan, & Prof. Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design. The full list of participants will be available soon. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

*18 June, 8 p.m.Medieval Concert - Music of Piety & Pleasure DUO LAUDE of CANADA, Elizabeth MacIsaac, soprano, Pat Unruh, vielle with Janet Pape, soprano, flûte à bec works of von Bingen, Béatriz de Die, Alphonso el Sabio, Machaut, Ciconia, Dufay, & of course, anonymous! Tickets available at the door: €10 / €6 students/seniors with refreshments AT: Espace Les Voûtes, 19 rue des Frigos, Paris 75013, Metro/RER: Bibliothèque Fr. Mitterand, 14 Météor - 6 Quai de la Gare, Bus lines: 89 – 62. For more information: http://www.duolaude.com/ & http://www.lesvoutes.org/

*19 juin à 17h : Véronique Pittolo lira à la Maison de la Poésie, Passage Molière - 157 rue Saint Martin Paris 3e, M° Rambuteau / Les Halles http://www.maisondelapoesieparis.com/

*19 juin à 19h Lecture Bilingue : Chris Tysh & Marie Borel will be reading for Double Change. BIOS :Marie Borel est poète et traductrice. Parmi ses dernières publications : Trompe Loup (Bleu du ciel 2003), Tombeau des caraïbes (Contrat Maint 2004), Le Monde Selon Mr Ben (Editions FAGE 2008). Elle a traduit notamment Tom Raworth, Rosmarie Waldrop, Lyn Hejinian. Son livre Trompe Loup a été traduit par Sarah Riggs et Omar Berrada (la Presse Books, 2006).Chris Tysh enseigne l’écriture et les études féminines à Wayne State University à Détroit. Ses poèmes ont été publiés dans des revues telles que Jacket, Lipstick, Eleven, Chain, How2. Elle est rédactrice de la revue mark(s) (http://www.markszine.com ). Continuity Girl a été publié par United Artists Books en 2000. Elle est également dramaturge. For more, see: http://www.doublechange.com/dcblog/?p=134 AT: Point Ephémère, 200 quai Valmy, upstairs, M° Juares.

*20 Juin 20h: “THE SAW PROJECT” The Saw Project va présenter un Quartet de très grand beauté pour célébrer ce qui est possible dans l'art, au delà de notre époque moribonde. Le concert/lecture du mois dernier a été sublime, joyeux et nous remercions tout ceux qui ont tissé, par leur présence, leur écoute, leur effroi même, le nid du feu, le detour dans la fulgurance. : QUARTET Bobby FEW: Piano électrique, Noel Mc GHIE: Batterie, Chim NWABUEZE: Scie Musicale, Etc. Harry SWIFT: Contrebasse. Participation: 10e /TR 8e. AT : Studio Coriandre, 86 rue Gaston Lauriau, Montreuil Metro: Marie de Montreuil Tel: 01 43 63 86 92/06 17 80 61 49 Directions (5 minutes à pied): En sortant du metro, prenez L'Avenue Walwein, direction rue Franklin. Tournez à droite à la rue Franklin (au carrefour) jusqu'à la rue Gustave Lauriau (elle croise la rue Stalingrad et la rue Rosny).Continuez dans le sens du Lycée Condorcet.

21 June 19.30, admission free Fête de la Musique “Béal Tuinne” This Kerry-based group of singers & musicians started as a collaboration between the composer Shaun Davey & the legendary traditional singer & box player, Seamus Begley. The line-up now includes the beautiful singing of Rita Connolly & Eilis Kennedy supported by the powerful voice of fisherman Lawrence Courtney. The orchestration of the songs features Eoin Begley on concertina, Jim Murray on guitar, & Shaun Davey on pedal harmonium. Extra colour is added by Lawrence’s banjo & Eilis on whistle. ‘Davey’s deeply sympathetic compositions scatter stardust…’ Siobhan Long, Irish Times. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com
21 or 28 June (date to confirm!): Monthly Hike in the Country with Abbey Books. Stop into the store to ask which day it is and where the rdv to head out to the country. clubcanadaparis@wanadoo.fr

* 22 June 7pm Robert Mighall will be reading from his new book Sunshine : Why we love the sun. Robert is a sunshine obsessive, but only an extreme version of a national type. Sunshine is his witty & romantic celebration of a love so many of us share. Combining popular science with cultural history it is the first book to explain how, why & when sunshine became so important to us. How Coco Chanel didn’t invent sunbathing, & the scandalous truth behind this urban myth - Why sunshine gives us so much pleasure & might even have some of us addicted - Why we believe summers were longer, hotter & brighter when we were young - & Why the weather provides the perfect metaphor for joyous love or a broken heart in poems & pop songs. Both a joyous celebration of the source of all life, & a heartfelt lament from the world's cloudiest country, it reads like an open love letter to the most fickle mistress a man ever served. ‘Compulsive, utterly idiosyncratic, unmistakeably British...’ (The Sunday Times)' AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.

*24th June at 15.30. June Kids' Club Theme to be determined RSVP IS IMPERATIVE via books@whsmith.fr AT: WHSmith - 248, rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris - M°Concorde Free.

*24 June 19h30, 7€ Poetry & Music with the Concert du Irish Chamber Choir of Paris “Dream songs” Accompanied on the piano, the chamber choir of the Centre Culturel Irlandais will perform choral pieces for female voices by Irish women composers. Jane O'Leary, with whom the choir has worked on many occasions, composed Dream Songs to beautiful texts by Joanne Townsend, Bairtie Ó Brádaigh & W. B.Yeats. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

* 25 June 6pm Steve Tomasula will be reading from a selection of his books. He is the author of the novels The Book of Portraiture (FC2); IN & OZ (Ministry of Whimsy Press); & VAS: An Opera in Flatland, an acclaimed novel of the biotech revolution. Incorporating narrative forms of all kinds—from comic books, travelogues, journalism or code to Hong Kong action movies or science reports—Tomasula’s writing has been called a ‘reinvention of the novel,’ combining an ‘attention to society in the tradition of Orwell, attention to language in the tradition of Beckett, & the humor of a Coover or Pynchon.’ His writing often crosses visual, as well as written genres, drawing on science & the arts to take up themes of how we represent what we think we know, & how these representations shape our lives. His short fiction has been published widely, & most recently in McSweeney’s, The Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, & The Iowa Review where he received the Iowa Prize for the most distinguished work published in any genre. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.

25th June: from 6:30-8:30 pm This month we'll be having the first Francophilia Rendez-vous in Paris at ô chateau with our charming host Olivier Magny, who also happens to be the author of the blog Stuff Parisians Like. What: A wine tasting with munchies provided by Paris Property Finders Price: 21 € per ticket. Purchase in advance through PayPal (paypal@francophilia.com). Be sure to put your name in the message area! Space is limited, so don't wait! AT : ô chateau - 52, rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli More info or to get onto the mailing list for future events : Pamela Poole http://www.francophilia.com/

*26 juin à 19h : Rencontre avec FLORENCE DEGRAVE pour la parution de Diversité des féminismes, et présentation du travail éditorial de l'Université des femmes (Bruxelles). En présence de plusieurs auteures du livre. AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/

*27 June 3pm A special Canada Day reading with a selection of poets from Canada’s Mosaic Press. The writers are all participants in the Writers’ Workshop held annually at http://www.larochedys.com/, where writers get together, in the heart of Burgundy, to write, discuss, explore, read…& more. The readers will also read from the book Bonjour Burgundy: Writing from http://www.larochedhys.com/. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.

27 June : Closing evening Short films festival « Signes de Nuit » « Signes de Nuit » is an international festival dedicated to experimental & short films. It aims to promote original & surprising cinematographic work that questions modern human existence. The closing evening of the 2009 edition will take place at the Centre Culturel Irlandais. 18.30: Screening of the jury’s selection ( le Grand Prix, le Prix des Signes, le Prix de Nuit et coup de cœur du festival) 20.00: Reception 20.45: Screening of international short films selected by the Free Radicals from the Cork Film Festival 2008 AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

*28th June at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of Lizzi Wolf’s "The Strawberry & the Kaiser" AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, Metro : Tuileries. (Programme subject to change: latest version available on the website : http://www.movingparts.org.uk/)

*29 June: 7pm: Reading by Steve Tomasula of “Vas: An Opera in Flatland”, published by University of Chicago Press AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St. Paul, 75004 Paris. Tel (+33) 1 48 04 75 08 http://www.theredwheelbarrow.com/ M° St Paul (or Cité des Arts)

*29 June 7.30pm In collobaration with New York University of Paris, Shakespeare & Company presents Darin Strauss, the author of the international bestseller Chang & Eng, & The New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's ‘25 Books to Remember.’ His latest novel, More Than It Hurts You, was published in June, 2008. His work has been translated into fourteen languages, & he teaches writing at New York University, for which he won a 2005 ‘Outstanding Dozen’ teaching award. Darin was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel.

*29 June SpokenWord: starting at 8.30. Come read YOUR work in English or French, on any topic or the theme of the eve, which you can find by checking in at their blog. Off-topic stuff also welcome. AT : Cabaret Populaire "Culture Rapide," 103 rue Julien Lacroix. Métro Belleville or Pyrénées (Corner of rue de Belleville & rue Julien Lacroix). There's a giant billboard that reads ''Il faut se méfier des mots'' on the corner ! http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/

30 June Open studio, 14h-18h, entrée libre Rencontre with the artist, 19h30, entrée libre, en anglais Fiona Mulholland During her residency, Fiona Mulholland will make photographs & video works which investigate social, personal & interpersonal relationships within a contemporary setting. A common thread in her practice explores personal restlessness or discontent in society, examining what she sees as the “essential confusion of everyday life” & delving beneath the surface of the human psyche. AT: Irish Cultural Center in paris, 5 rue des irlandais, 75005 Paris. Information & reservation for all events: adoherty@centreculturelirlandais.com

JULY 2009 events already on the listing (check the blog for full details in July & August, as no listing will be emailed during those months):

JULY FIRST: ABBEY BOOKSHOP 20TH BIRTHDAY PARTY: THE ABBEY BOOKSHOP PREND PIGNON SUR RUE DANS LA RUE DE LA PARCHEMINERIE, 5e, Paris.... The medieval cloister of St. Severin Church, just across the rue de la Parcheminerie from the Abbey Bookshop, will make a picturesque setting for our maple-syrup flavoured medieval festival (Costumes optional): Join us over a glass of hippocras (a special spiced wine favoured by monks) or mead (q.v.) & listen to -perhaps even learn to dance to - a few hits from the 12th to the 16th Centuries played by contemporary musicians on authentic instruments. Also: Rue de la Parcheminerie was formerly (up until around the year 1450!) known as the “Rue des Escrivains”: so come see a scribe practicing this very art on the street where his predecessors began the book trade a millenium ago. Warning: At some point during the event Canadians in attendance may be called upon to sing, chant, hum or whistle their national anthem on this occasion which coincides with our national holiday. All ages welcome, all friends, old & new: customers & kibbitzers, employees of years past: come, rain or shine. clubcanadaparis@wanadoo.fr

*2 July at 7pm.New York University will sponsor an event with Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love. Nicole Krauss was raised on Long Island where she felt she had "the last American childhood." As a child, she was very creative, coming up with games such as "Office" where she pretended to be a travel agent & set up vacations for tourists. In her 20s,she wrote poetry, which she said "felt like the great goal of the language." Krauss graduated from Stanford, & went on to receive degrees from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, & the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has been a finalist for the Yale Younger Poet's Prize, & her poetry has appeared in publications such as the Paris Review, Ploughshares, & Doubletake. After she completed a thesis at Oxford on Joseph Cornell, she abruptly quit poetry, & what she called the "impossible quest for poetic precision." Krauss' first novel Man Walks Into a Room was published in 2002 & shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The History of Love was released in early 2005 & was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006. Krauss' fiction has also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, & Best American Short Stories. The author will be introduced by the American novelist Anne Marsella AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/index.html

**7th July 19h30: IVY Writers in English with Mark Wallace & K. Lorraine Graham. Mark Wallace is the author of a number of books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and criticism. “Temporary Worker Rides A Subway” won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. He is the author of a multi-genre work, “Haze”, and a novel, “Dead Carnival”. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and along with Steven Marks, he edited “Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s” (University of Alabama Press), a collection of 26 essays by different writers. Most recently he has published a collection of tales, “Walking Dreams”, and a book of poems, “Felonies of Illusion”. He teaches at California State University, San Marcos. K. Lorraine Graham is a writer and visual artist. Graham is the author of “Terminal Humming” (Edge Books, 2009), as well as the recording “Moving Walkways” (Narrowhouse Recordings, 2006) and numerous chapbooks, including “And so for you there is no heartbreak” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2008), “Diverse Speculations Descending Therefrom” (Dusie Kollektiv, 2007), “See It Everywhere” (Big Game Books, 2006), “Terminal Humming” (Slack Buddha Press, 2004), With Mark Wallace, 1994-2004 (Subpoetics Self-Publish or Perish, 2004), “Dear [Blank] I Believe in Other Worlds” (Phylum Press, 2003) and “It Does Not Go Back” (Subpoetics Self-Publish or Perish, 2002). “Large Waves to Large Obstacles” is forthcoming from Take Home Project. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in reviews such as Traffic, Area Sneaks, and Foursquare. She currently lives in southern California. You can find her online at terminalhumming.blogspot.com
AT : Le Next, 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris, M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles, Gratuit! Free! Infos: http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.com

*19th July at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of Charles Borkhuis’ play "Stage Fright" AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, Metro : Tuileries. (Programme subject to change: latest version available on the website : http://www.movingparts.org.uk/)

PART II: Creative Writing Workshops in Paris this summer:

Faber Academy WORKSHOP at Shakespeare & Co: “Sense & Sensuality” with Erica Wagner & Helen Dunmore from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2009. Where better to pay close attention to the tastes & textures of writing than in Paris? 'The Inhabitants of Paris, who must be considered as a distinct People, are reckoned silly, that fool away their Time with gazing at everything,' wrote a M. Murault in 1726. Murault was 'a gentleman of Switzerland’; the Swiss being notorious for their clocks, we can perhaps forgive him for his notions of foolishness. For who can blame the Parisians for their gazing, given what they have to gaze upon? Rain or shine, winter or summer, the compact delights of Paris are a joy - & a challenge - to any writer. We will explore story & character through the setting of this extraordinary city; students may find it beneficial to think about locations they’d like to investigate in advance - suggestions will be offered but no guided tours, & the point will be to discover your own Paris. A city such as Paris is can never be pinned down by anyone’s pen - but there’s infinite pleasure to be had in the attempt. More information on the courses & the Faber Academy can be found at http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/

PART III: A little Reviews News & New Reviews (calls for work, publications, etc…)

NEW CHAPBOOK by NEW POET at NEW PRESS: The Fortunate Daughter mission is to publish, annually, one simple & beautifully made chapbook by an exceptional poet who has not yet published a book or chapbook. Fortunate Daughter's first title, An Urgent Request, by Sarah Luczaj, is available for online purchase via Tebot Bach's "Publications" page. http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view=bsp&ver=1qygpcgurkovy Also see Fortunate daughter website, http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=38107775&msgid=215279&act=9PW6&c=463901&admin=0&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fortunatedaughter.wordpress.com%2F

STORIES by MARGO BERDESHEVSKY: "Beautiful Soon Enough"...by Paris local author Margo Berdeshevsky, winner of the innovative fiction prize, FC2 American Book Review/ Ronald Sukenick award, is NOW available for preorder for a fantastic price!!! Make Margo happy—be amongst the 1st To pre-order... "Beautiful Soon Enough" from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/157366149X/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Soon-Enough-Margo-Berdeshevsky/dp/157366149X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244102848&sr=1-1

VOUS AVEZ UN ROMAN QUI RESTE INACHEVE ?: PRIX BARTLEBY !!! : Un nouveau prix littéraire vient d’être créé : celui du roman inachevé, organisé par Fred Royer. Le Prix Bartleby du Roman Inachevé est ouvert à tous : auteurs publiés comme non-publiés. Il sera remis début novembre 2009, et nous vous invitons à nous envoyer dès maintenant vos manuscrits inachevés soit par email à prixbartleby@gmail.com, soit par la poste à Prix Bartleby – 54 rue Godefroy Cavaignac – 75011 Paris. L’objectif du Prix du roman inachevé est d’affirmer la beauté de l’inachèvement littéraire : il récompense la meilleure œuvre non menée à sa fin.

SUBMIT POEMS: Former Paris SpokenWorder & Other Writers' regular, Naomi Wood, is gonna be guest editor of Meat Magazine & is looking for submissions of poems & stories. Details at : http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/2009/06/naomi-editing-meat-magazine-calling-for.html

THE BOOK for BILINGUAL poets & BILINGUAL wannabes, & just for LOVERS OF POETRY: see this new anthology for « POEM: Poets on (an) Exchange Mission » & the blog about the events : http://www.doublechange.com/dcblog/?p=120 : 12 poètes 7 traducteurs 4 événements 2 pays 1 publication. *POEM : Poets On (an) Exchange Mission*, anthologie bilingue de poésie contemporaine, eds. S. Winson, V. Broqua & O. Brossard, New York/Paris, Fishdrum, Inc. / doublechange, 2009, 208 pp. ISBN: 978-1-929495-12-2, $20, distributeur SPD books. http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781929495122/poem-poets-on-an-exchange-mission.aspx?rf=1 with Les poètes : Bill Berkson, JJ Blickstein, Thomas Devaney, David Lespiau, Sabine Macher, Gretchen Mattox, Michele Metail, Anne Portugal, Pascal Poyet, Michael Rothenberg, Sebastien Smirou, et Anne Valley-Fox. Les traducteurs : Vincent Broqua, Olivier Brossard, Macgregor Card, Marcella Durand, Vincent Dussol, Jean-Jacques Poucel, et Beatrice Trotignon. Programme de l’organisation FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), le festival POEM est une collaboration entre Fish Drum, Inc. (New York) et Double Change (Paris). http://www.facecouncil.org/ or http://www.fishdrum.com/ or http://www.doublechange.com/

NEW JOURNAL: The editorial staff is pleased to announce the publication of the first ever issue of Pakistaniaat, a peer-reviewed online journal accepting critical articles, creative work, interviews, visual art, book reviews dealing with Pakistan. Print copies are available from the site. See http://pakistaniaat.org/

OUT NOW: “Conversations with Julian Barnes” (University Press of Mississippi) collects eighteen interviews, conducted over nearly three decades, by journalists & correspondents throughout the world with the author (b. 1946) of such highly praised novels as Flaubert’s Parrot & Arthur & George. Read more about Conversations with Julian Barnes at http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1171

SEEKING WOMENS’ POEMS: Bone Bouquet is a biannual online journal of women's poetry. We seek to publish the best new writing by female poets, from artists both established & emerging. We are especially interested in work that is unpredictable, poems that have both sass & authority. We are currently seeking submissions for our first issue, which will appear as a downloadable .pdf at bonebouquet.wordpress.com in January 2010. Please send up to five pages of your best work to http://fr.mc657.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=bonebouquet@gmail.com. Your work should appear as an .rtf attachment or in the body of the email. Also include a short (50 word) biographical note. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as we are notified when work is accepted elsewhere. The reading period will remain open through October 15, 2009. Some female poets we admire include Catherine Bowman, Mary Ruefle, Eula Biss, & Denise Duhamel.

"What literature needs most to tell & investigate today are humanity's basic fears: the fear of being left outside, & the fear of counting for nothing, & the feelings of worthlessness that come with such fears…" said Orhan Pamuk, the author of Snow (2004), Istanbul, Memories & the City (2005), The Black Book (2006), & Other Colors: Essays & a Story (2007). The 2 quotes by him are from the 7 June 2009 Garrison Keillor “The Writers’ Almanac”. Sign up to receive it online via the Poetry Foundation & American Public Media, so you can listen daily or read a poem + lovely bits of writing trivia!!!

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