I) Readings (w/asterisks) & events by DATE
II) Creative Writing Courses in Paris
III) News reviews & Reviews News: Calls for work, publications, misc ads and more!
Pre-note: September really does mark the rentrée! Of course, I am most proud of what this summer has brought to local novelist Nicola Keegan, with her first book “Swimming” getting her onto the front pages of Poets & Writers recent emailing, as well as interviewed in Laurel Zuckerman’s fabulous Paris Authors Web-blog at http://www.laurelzuckerman.com/paris-writer-news/. You can hear Nicola read Sept 30th. Her work only announces great first books to come from Paris-based authors, as novels from Canadian Lisa Pasold (“Rats of Las Vegas”), Janet Siskelian Charles (“Moonlight in Odessa”, Bloomsbury) and Margo Berdeshevsky (“Beautiful Soon Enough”, FC2 Press) are forthcoming this fall, alongside nonfiction memoir from a UK press by Caribbean-UK Paris-based author Christopher Vanier. Who knows—the 1920s may find itself outdone by this new generation? Anyway, see the packed listing below!!! Best, from Jennifer K Dick
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Part I) Events & READINGS (with asterisks) by date for the month :
9 Sept at 19h Marilynne Robinson will read from and discuss her novel “Home”. Hailed as "incandescent," "maginficent," and "a literary miracle" (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an acoholic carrying two decade's worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*9 September 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Former U.S. Ambassador to France Felix Rohatyn on steps towards economic recovery. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, his book Bold Endeavors: How our Government Built America and Why it Must Rebuild it Now, was recently published by Simon and Schuster Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
9 sept à 19h : Vernissage de l'exposition d'oeuvres de SOPHIE SAINRAPT "Les rires d'Eros", en partenariat avec arearevue)s(. L'artiste propose dans cette exposition vingt dessins (encre et lavis) Inspirés par le poème "Clitoris" d'Arrabal et quinze gravures illustrant les textes poétiques de Pierre Louÿs. «…La texture de ces oeuvres est comme jetée, c'est toujours la rapidité qui préside à son travail. Non pas la rapidité de faire mais celle d'une compréhension innée. La main et l'oeil chantent de concert le féminin joyeux" (présentation du livre de Sophie Sainrapt publié chez Area). (expo du 9 septembre au 4 octobre) AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
11 Sept at 20h30 : Concert !: JM Espitallier drums for PREXLEY ?/ at the concert la Suite with Fitzgerald + Compagnie Niza as well! AT: 27 rue de la Glacière. Portes ouvertes à partir de 19h. 5 euros.
11 Sept 20h30. Les Productions de l'Invisible : Paradise Now (2) Une courte histoire de l'art du XXe siècle en tableaux chorégraphiés, chantés, lus. http://instantnet.wordpress.com/soirees-a-venir/vendredi-11-septembre-les-productions-de-linvisible-recording-now/ La Société de Curiosités expérimente, depuis 3 mois, à Paris, 11e arrondissement, une autre voie quant aux relations salle de diffusion-artistes-public. La possibilité d'un autre vis à vis. Autre voix. Restauration de la parole, de procédures d'échange, d'implications réciproques. La Société de curiosités est un club privé dont vous pouvez faire partie en réservant à : email@example.com. Elle comporte 1170 membres à ce jour. Site : http://instantnet.wordpress.com/ for full schedule of other events !!!
*12 sept à partir de 17h30. La librairie les Cahiers de Colette vous invite à rencontrer l’auteur français Iegor GRAN à l'occasion de la parution de « Thriller » Éditions POL AT : La Librairie Les Cahiers de Colette, 23-25 rue Rambuteau - 75004 Paris, M° Rambuteau.
*13th Sept at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of a play by Mel Chase : "Home Bodies" (2nd reading). Deep in the wilds of Connecticut, a self-sufficient family happily raises chickens and hunts deer in the woods… Until Dad brings home a hitch-hiker. Who is he? Will he stay and become part of the family? Suddenly "skeletons" starting appearing out of closets, and things are revealed to be not at all what they seemed…Starring SARAH CANNER, PAUL CAVIN, TRISH KESSLER, TERCELIN KIRTLEY, JAMES MITCHELL, & MIKE POWERS. For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/ or e-mail Stephanie Campion firstname.lastname@example.org for listings! Tel : 06 14 67 18 58 AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries
13 sept, portes ouvertes à 19h. CONCERT ! Perry Argel playing with Matthieu (acoustic bass), Melissa (violin), Kevin (guitar, mandolin) and perhaps other friends (En français : Perry Argel joue avec Mathieu (contrebasse), Melissa (violon), Kevin (guitare, mandoline) et peut-être des invités) AT : l'Ogresse, 4 rue des Prairies, Paris 75020. http://perryleopard.free.fr/
*14 September 7pm - Mark Gevisser in conversation with Janine Di Giovanni about his book A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*15 Sept at 19h: Barry Gifford will present “American Falls: The Collected Short Stories” and will speak about “The Imagination of the Heart”, his final chapter in the saga of “Sailor and Lula”. The stories in this collection range in period, style, and theme from the 1950s to the present, from absurdist to romantic, from childhood innocence to murder and revenge. Weaving dark and light, sinister and comic, award-winning author Gifford writes about people America has given up for lost. Gifford is the author of more than 40 published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into more than 25 languages. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*16 September 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Thad Carhart on his new novel, ‘Across the Endless River.’ Thad Carhart's charming memoir, A Piano Shop on the Left Bank, become an international bestseller. Now he offers his first novel, the story of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea, and his sojourn as a young man in 1820s Paris. Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*16 sept à 19h : Rencontre avec ABHA DAWESAR pour son roman L'Inde en héritage (H. d'Ormesson). C'est à un portrait sans concession de la classe moyenne indienne que nous convie Abha Dawesar dans ce troisième roman traduit en français. Utilisant "la maladie comme métaphore", dans un style factuel, clinique et percutant, Abha Dawesar nous livre son roman le plus fort, le plus engagé, le plus féministe. AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
*16th Sept 7:30 p.m. Jamie Cat Callan will present and sign her book: French Women Don't Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love, a feel-good book about relationships that will dramatically change women's approach to men and dating. What Mireille Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Fat did for dieting, Jamie Cat Callan’s book does for romance and love. Her witty and insightful look at the love lives of French women encourages women everywhere to stop torturing themselves with fad relationship advice and learn to cultivate and enjoy the pleasures of love, romance and marriage. RSVP for this event, to books (at) whsmith (dot) fr with 'Jamie Cat Callan event RSVP' as the object. AT: WH Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, M° Tuilleries or Concorde http://www.whsmith.fr/
17 September, 18.30 to 20.00, admission free for double Vernissage. Gaz Killer Malachi Farrell & then 13 Graphic Studio Dublin artists. First, this kinetic installation in the courtyard displays Malachi Farrell’s signature style – recycled objects combine with high technology to create an absurdist form of social criticism. A frenetic choreography is set in motion by the movement of the public, drawing the spectator into the idiosyncratic space created by the artist. “Within the space of a Farrell installation, globalisation is imaged as a concoction of ridiculous contraptions gone mad” Artintelligence. Born in Dublin in 1970, Malachi Farrell lives and works in Paris and New York. Then: 13 artists respond to artefacts in the extensive collections of the National Museum of Ireland evoking the idea of Hibernia, the Romans’ name for Ireland, a land they considered to be at the edge of the earth and so cold it was barely habitable. The techniques represented in the show include woodblock printing, etching, collograph and carborundum by artists Jean Bardon, Mary Rose Binchy, Niamh Flanagan, John Graham, Jennifer Lane, Brian Lalor, Stephen Lawlor, Margo McNulty, Ruth O’Donnell, Geraldine O’Reilly, Tom Phelan, Marc Reilly and Robert Russell. Shows for both run from 18 Sept–22 Oct ! AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, Métro Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine. Tix/res at email@example.com Or http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/ for more info.
*17 Sept at 19h: Marilyn Yalom presents “The American Resting Place, Four Hundred Years of History Through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds”. A sweeping history of America as seen through its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with eighty black-and-white photographs. The American Resting Place is the definitive history of the American cemetery. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*18 sept à 19h : Rencontre avec MARTINE LAROCHE, MICHELE LARROUY et d'autres membres des Archives lesbiennes pour la publication de leur ouvrage Mouvements de presse des années 1970 à nos jours, luttes féministes et lesbiennes. AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
**18 Sept Celebrated musician and author Willy Vlautin (The Motel Life and Northline) will sign copies of his books : time to be confirmed 'This guy writes like the secret love child of Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor–just plain, true, tough, irony-free, heartrending American fiction about people living in the third-world sections of our country.' AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
19 and 20 Sept : 14.00 – 17.00 (guided tours every half hour until 16.30) Journées européennes du patrimoine / Open days at the Irish College Guided tours of the Old Library (insert link to Library page) of the Irish College including presentation of its treasures - three illuminated manuscripts dating from c.1500. Saint Patrick’s chapel, the exhibitions and the Médiathèque are open to all. AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, Métro Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine. Ticket reservation - firstname.lastname@example.org Or http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/ for more info.
*21 sept 20h30: Spoken Word Paris invites you out to share work on any theme or their Theme of the night « school/l'école » AT : Cabaret Populaire "Culture Rapide," 103 rue Julien Lacroix. Métro Belleville or Pyrénées. See their webblog at : http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/
*21 Sept 7pm - Sarah Hesketh reading from her poetry collection, Napoleon’s Travelling Bookshelf AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*22 Sept at 19h: Owen Matthews presents “Stalin's Children” published in France by Les Editions Belfond sous le titre: “Les Enfants de Staline” dans une traduction de l'anglais par Karine Reignier 'Stalin's Children tells an extraordinary story, spanning three generations of his own family, all caught up with the cataclysmic events of Russia in the 20th century.' In 1997, Owen Matthews became a correspondent at Newsweek magazine in Moscow where he covered the second Chechen war. He also covered the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and is currently Newsweek magazine's bureau chief in Moscow. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*22 September 19h30 A Night at the Movies: Judith Merians discusses ‘The Godfather’, how you pull people into a story and more. Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*22nd Sept 7:30 p.m. Jean-Loup Chiflet author of the bestselling Ciel mon mari / Sky my husband ! series will present and sign his newest translation of The New Yorker cartoons: The New Yorker: L'Humour des Livres AT WH Smith AT: WH Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, M° Tuilleries or Concorde http://www.whsmith.fr/
*23 Sept: Doors at 7:00, show at 8:00 p.m. (sharp). OPIUM MAGAZINE Brings you the Literary Death Match, which is set to debut—in French!—in France, on September 23, at Paris' Le Reservoir. Four magical authors will compete, including Frédéric Beigbeder: Windows on the World (prix Interallié) and most recently published Un Roman Français; Philippe Jaenada: Le Chameau Savage (prix de Flore) and most recently Plage de Manaccora, 16h30); Max Monnehay (Corpus Christine); and Mohamed Razane (Dit Violent).The event will be judged by David Foenkinos (author of Le Potentiel Erotique de ma Femme), Yorgos Archimandritis (author and Cultural Ambassador of France to the European Union) and Bo (plastico-pop musician).Immediately after the Literary Death Match, Bo will step down from the judges’ stand and step up to the microphone to perform, rocking the Reservoir until they throw us out.Hosted and produced by Todd Zuniga and Kevin Dolgin. AT: Le Reservoir: 16, rue de la Forge Royale, Paris 11. Remember that you can have dinner at Le Reservoir. For reservations call 0143563960 Cost: €10 For more on LDM, see http://www.literarydeathmatch.com/
*23 September 19h30 Evenings with an Author: David Waller on Victorian literary salons: David Waller's new book, The Magnificent Mrs. Tennant, explores the remarkable life of this influential 19th-century matriarch. Born to modest circumstances in 1819, Gertrude Tennant rose to become one of the one of the most formidable hostesses of late-Victorian London. The greatest writers, artists and politicians of the age -- including scientist Thomas Huxley, painter John Everett Millais, poet Robert Browning and novelist Henry James -- clamored to attend her intellectual salons. Waller presents her rise from genteel poverty to member of the cultural zeitgeist, and discusses the influence of the late-Victorian salon. Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*23 sept à 19h : Rencontre avec PASCAL MORIN et ANNE PERCIN pour la sortie de leurs romans respectifs Biographie de Pavel Munch et Bonheur fantôme (La Brune-Le Rouergue). Lecture par le comédien Thomas Gornet. AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
*24 Sept at 19h: Douglas Kennedy discusses his latest novel “Leaving the World”. From the bestselling author of “The Woman in the Fifth” and “The Pursuit of Happiness” comes a devastating new novel. Douglas Kennedy's novels, which include The Woman in the Fifth, Temptation, State of the Union, A Special Relationship and The Pursuit of Happiness, have all been highly praised bestsellers. His work has been translated into 16 languages and in 2006 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*25 Sept 7pm - (exceptional time) - Special Launch of the new Paris issue of Five Dial Press with Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole) Joe Dunthorne (Submarine) and other writers. Five Dials magazine is a wonderful free online journal with articles from writers such as Arundhati Roy, Art Spiegelman and Ali Smith – you can subscribe at http://fivedials.com/fivedials and part of the charm is that you can print it out and enjoy away from the computer. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*25 sept 2009 à partir de 19 heures A l'occasion de la parution de « Voyager avec Le Corbusier » croquis de voyages et études textes choisis et présentés par Philippe Duboÿ La Quinzaine littéraire. Louis Vuitton rencontre avec Philippe Duboÿ AT : Librairie Michèle Ignazi, 17, rue de Jouy, 75004 paris, Tel : 01 42 71 17 00
26 Sept 20.00, admission free Semaine des cultures étrangères. Outdoor screening in the courtyard of Neil Jordan’s epic film Michael Collins (1996) depicts the life and death of one of Ireland’s most important revolutionary leaders at the beginning of the 20th century. Opening with the Easter Week rebellion of 1916, the film highlights Collins new strategies for securing the independence of Ireland, his signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921 and the ensuing Civil War which was to cost him his life. With Liam Neeson, Ian Hart, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn et Stephen Rea. (127 mins) **In case of bad weather, check the website on the day This screening is part of the FICEP’s Semaine des cultures étrangères, with theme « Sublimons les frontières ! ». Details on: http://www.ficep.info/ AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, Métro Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine. Ticket reservation - email@example.com Or http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/ for more info.
26 September 14h00–18h00 Open House at the Library: tours, demonstrations, and activities for children. Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*26 Sept 20hOO THE SAW PROJECT (Le projet de la scie) de Chim N. au Studio Coriandre, propose une poésie-musique: concerts et "works-in-progress" réguliers (mensuel/bimensuel) autour de la scie musicale, son instrument de prédilection. Chim NWABUEZE: Scie Musicale, Etc. Philippe BERGER: Violon Alto, Guitare Participation: 10e /8e AT: Studio Coriandre, 86 rue Gaston Lauriau, Montreuil M°: Marie de Montreuil Tel: 06 17 80 61 49
26 et 27 sept : à partir de 13h : Violette and Co tient une table de vente au Festival de films FEMMES EN RESISTANCE, salle Jean-Vilar, Arcueil. Informations sur le Festival : http://resistancesdefemmes.wordpress.com/
*27th Sept at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of a play by Roy Lisker: "Unto The Third Generation" (screenplay) For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/ or e-mail Stephanie Campion firstname.lastname@example.org for listings! Tel : 06 14 67 18 58 AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries
*28 September 7pm - David Waller, The Magnificient Mrs Tennant. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 35 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
29 Sept at 19h30. WICE World Watch@The Library: Frederic Eckhard examines 'The Responsibility to Protect' legal debate at the United Nations. The Responsibility to Protect, adopted by the United Nations Security Council in 2006 and now international law, says that when human populations suffer from gross violations of human rights - such as genocide or ethnic cleansing - and the home government either can't or won't do anything about it, the international community must step in to protect the people. It is an idea that has been percolating for years, with international lawyers continuously arguing whether there is a basis in international law for such an infringement of national sovereignty. Come learn more about this debate! Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
* FOR KIDS: 30th Sept 3:30 p.m. Theme: Children's books by Mo Willems including his newest title Big Frog Can't Fit In Pop-Up book. Big Frog is big. Quite big. So big this book can't hold her. But with a lot of help from some good friends, Big Frog will fit in just fine! Filled with exciting and unique pops constructed sturdily, and perfectly suited for little hands, this vibrant new pop-up book will appeal to Mo fans old and new. Mo Willems is a children's author who started his career as a writer and animator for PBS' Sesame Street. His first book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! became a New York Times Bestseller. His best-loved characters include the pigeon, the Elephant and Piggie Early Readers series, Naked Mole Rat, Knuffle Bunny, Edwina the Dinosaur, and Leonardo the Terrible Monster. AT: WH Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, M° Tuilleries or Concorde http://www.whsmith.fr/
**30 September 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Nicola Keegan on her novel, 'Swimming.'
In her stylish first novel, Swimming, Keegan tells the story of Pip, who is tall, flat and supernaturally buoyant -- qualities she relies on in her efforts to become an Olympic champion. Swimming traces Pip's journey from a small Midwestern team to the Olympic podium in Barcelona, from shaky adolescence to a young woman confident in the power of her own body. Good Housekeeping called this book "a shimmering debut." Free and open to the public. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*30 sept 20h : Poète/publique : Frédéric Forte vous invite de rencontrer Eric Suchère & Catherine Flohic (de la maison d’édition Argol). Dans le cadre de "poète/public", résidence d'écriture qu'il effectue au Comptoir des mots de septembre 09 à juin 10, Frédéric Forte vous invite, chaque dernier mercredi du mois à 20h, pour rencontrer un poète et son éditeur. Comment un auteur conçoit-il un livre de poésie ? Quel est le rôle de l’éditeur ? Les invités tenteront de répondre à ces questions, et à d’autres…AU :Comptoir des mots, 239, rue des Pyrénées, Paris 75020.*30 septembre à 19h : Rencontre autour de la revue d'art AREA n° 19/20 "Féminin Pluriel" en présence de plusieurs artistes et auteures. A l'occasion de la sortie du numéro double d'arearevue sur le thème de la création féminine, la revue s'interroge sur le développement du féminin dans la création artistique. Il n'y a pas de réponse unique, le féminin est pluriel et sa richesse d'autant plus grande. 40 ans après le début contemporain des mouvements de libération des femmes, où en sont les combats des femmes et la création féminine ? En lien avec cette parution, arearevue organise plusieurs manifestations dans Paris dont une exposition et un colloque au Sénat et une exposition dans sa propre galerie (info : http://www.areaparis.com/). AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
30 September 18.30, admission free. ExpoTALK – Rosetta Beaugendre presents the exhibition Ile d’Hiver et Gaz Killer. AT : Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. RER Luxembourg, Métro Place Monge ou Cardinal Lemoine. Ticket reservation - email@example.com Or http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com/ for more info.
*1 Oct at 19h Writer and artist Eric Karpeles will talk about his book “Paintings in Proust”. A captivating, colorful examination of the ways in which Proust incorporated artists and the visual arts in his work. Not only are there frequent references to specific works of art in À la recherche du temps perdu, notably during the narrator's visits to Venice and in his evaluations of the style of the imaginary painter Elstir, but certain characters are also evoked by comparison to particular paintings. Karpeles has identified and located the many paintings to which Proust makes reference; or Karpeles has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke. 200 paintings beautifully reproduced in full color and texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation, as well as concise commentaries on the novel's evolving story, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians everywhere. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*3 oct de 21 h à 1 h du matin : NOTOPOS, Évènement de la Biennale internationale des Poètes en Val de Marne. « Aller-retour et vice versa », la Biennale internationale des poètes fait tourner l’Europe des poètes de 21 h à 1 h du matin de La maison de la poésie de Paris à Gare au théâtre de Vitry-sur-Seine. Pour recevoir leur communication, écrivez à firstname.lastname@example.org Pour infos/adresses : http://www.biennaledespoetes.fr/
3-4 October Nuit Blanche 19.00 – 7.00, admission free all night all over the city to art, performance, cultural and civic events! For complete official information see the Paris schedule at: http://www.paris.fr/ or pick up newspapers and schedules on the street on the eve of the 3rd. Rest up, this is an all-night event!!!
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Part II) Writing (& reading !) Workshops in Paris this fall!!! (listed by start date):
Sun September 13th: One day Parisian Literary Salon on “As I Lay Dying” from 3-8PM (3 spaces remaining) The one-day Salons cost 45 euro (includes supplemental reading copies). If you are interested in joining the As I Lay Dying Salon, please let me know in the next few days so I can send along the opening notes. http://literarysalon.free.fr/ Toby Brothers, Parisian Literary Salon Director
Starting 17 Sept: CREATIVE WRITING: “A song is no song unless the circumstance is free and fine.” Emerson. First session September 17, 2009: Ten Thursdays, weekly class, 2:30 to 5:30 pm with 20-minute pause in the middle. Write poetry. Play with forms & other arts. Compose in journals. Read writers on writing, in a supportive environment. Allow your creativity to flourish. Free write. Read inspiring authors, edit, exchange, all in good company. Participate in a public reading at the end of the class. Be guided toward publication. Location: An atelier surrounded by greenery in Paris’ Ménilmontant neighborhood—near art centers La Maroquinerie and La Bellevilleoise. 84 rue de Ménilmontant (center for Tamaas Association, http://www.tamaas.org/), Paris 20ième, metro Ménilmontant, Pyrenées, Jaurès. Class led by poet, artist, and essayist Sarah Riggs, author of Waterwork, Chax Press ’07, Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling, Reality Street, ’07, Word Sightings, Routledge, ’02, as well as in French translation, 28 Télégrammes, 60 Textos, and 43 Post-Its (Attente, trans. F. Valéry’06, ’08, ’09). Riggs has taught creative writing at Columbia University in Paris, and has a doctorate from the University of Michigan in poetry & visual media. She’s had solo shows in Paris and Montreal, and is the director of the intercultural arts non-profit Tamaas, and an active member of Double Change, the bilingual French-American poetry association. Fee, 300 € Reserve for limited spots, Sarah Riggs, email@example.com, 06.62.57.70.40
Starting 17 Sept 19h-21h for 7 weeks: Novel & Nonfiction Advanced Writing Workshop.
Starting Tues. 22 Sept: Judith Merians is coming back to Paris and will be presenting a monthly series of lectures on adapting books into films. The venue is the American Library, and the first date is Tuesday 22nd September at 7:30 pm. If you're interested here's the site:
25-27 Sept : Parisian Literary Salons “READING THE BODY” Weekend intensive 25th-27th September, cost 220 euro. After a highly successful first Reading the Body weekend, Ann and I are offering a second study. I found the work of this weekend continues to strengthen me as I reach for a closer connection between the work of my mind and the body’s experience. Please see the Salon website for the weekend description. The cost includes all food, housing and supplementary materials. Please let Tony know if you are interested ASAP for more information. Details for all the Salons can be found on the website: http://literarysalon.free.fr/ Toby Brothers, Parisian Literary Salon Director
Starting Fri. 25 September: 19h00-21h00 Writing Workshop for young people at the American Library of Paris begins (ages 12+) Create, Edit, Share! Join us for a three-part writing workshop with acclaimed author, teacher and library favourite, Pedro de Alcantara. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire with a little walk. See the website for more information and info on signing up, at: http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
Various Workshops at Shakespeare & Co weekly : Evening Workshops on Weds and also a session now open on Thurs evenings, and “Another Writers’ Group”, the most affordable workshop in the city, meets Saturdays. Additionally, J Baxter is now offering private master class workshops via Shakespeare. Finally, Faber & Faber is also inviting authors to join them for workshops this fall as well. See complete and detailed information for each of these courses, their prices, info on signing or showing up, etc, on Shakespeare’s site at : http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/index.php?categories=110:1
EN FRANÇAIS !!!: à partir du 30 Sept : L'écrivaine CHANTAL PORTILLO, en partenariat avec la Mairie du XIè, propose un ATELIER LECTURE qui se tiendra trois mercredis par mois de 14h à 16h à la librairie Violette and Co. Dans cet atelier, Chantal Portillo nous invite à participer à sa recherche d¹écrivain qui lit autant qu’elle écrit : "Nous approcherons des écritures, des textes contemporains : romans, nouvelles, poésie, essais que nous lirons ensemble. Nous pourrons apprécier, ne pas apprécier, nous disputer, rire, pleurer un peu, mais partager. Nos lectures, nos étonnements, nos questions, et la préparation, la rencontre avec les auteurs invités. Une fois par trimestre, les participants de l’atelier d’écriture d’Isabelle Buisson nous feront entendre une sélection de leurs textes écrits en atelier, à la Mairie." Atelier ouvert toute l’année à partir du 30 septembre, participation gratuite. Renseignements et inscriptions au 06 87 49 96 40 AT : Violette & Co, 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny. www.violetteandco.com/librairie/
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2009 Faber Academy WORKSHOP at Shakespeare & Co: “The Art of Novel Writing” with Sarah Hall and Andrew Miller. What makes a work of fiction convincing and effective? How can life, the world, its inhabitants and their stories, be processed by the imagination and distilled into words? How might a writer strike the right balance between those fresh early drafts and the ‘false velvet’ of the edited page? What is the relationship between art and reality, perception and representation in the novel, and who is the writer to broker such a deal? This course, hosted by the prize-winning authors Andrew Miller and Sarah Hall at legendary Left Bank bookshop, Shakespeare & Co, in the beautiful and inspiring city of Paris, will investigate how key aspects of fiction - character, setting, narrative, dialogue and style - are alloyed to create literature with vitality and meaning. More information on the courses and the Faber Academy can be found at http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/
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Part III) News Reviews & Reviews News: publications + calls for work:
PARIS AUTHORS WORK SOUGHT: or translations! Call for submissions: American author in Paris, Alexander Dickow invites your submissions to him while he is guest curating editor of a forthcoming special issue of the American online literary journal Ekleksographia (http://ekleksographia.ahadadabooks.com/). Ekleksographia is the cooperative literary journal of Ahadada Press, an international micropress of poetry and prose. The issue he is curating is dedicated to anglophone poetry in France, broadly defined (the issue will also include several francophone poets in translation, as well as a few notable mediators of "Francophonia" living in North America or elsewhere). If you would like to have your work considered for inclusion in this issue, please send by email, before Oct 15th: - up to 5 pages of previously unpublished prose, verse or concrete/visual poetry in English or in English translation, as an attached file in Word (.doc), WordPerfect (.wpd) or .rtf format. Visual work should be sent in .pdf format. OR - previously unpublished English translations of contemporary French or Francophone poets. If you wish to contribute otherwise to this issue of Ekleksographia, Dickow is also seeking translators and reviewers. If you are interested in these possibilities, or if you have other relevant inquiries, please write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEEKING PLAYS!: Contact Stephanie Campion to book a reading of YOUR play in English or in French. Moving Parts arranges for actors to complete a public reading of your work which is then followed by an audience-participation feedback session. Lots of fun, a great way to get new theatre work out of the writing room and towards a later stage presentation!!! Bookings now being taken for December 2009 and all of 2010; For current listings, see their website : http://www.movingparts.org.uk/ And to have a book of your own send an e-mail to Stephanie Campion at email@example.com or contact her on : 06 14 67 18 58
SUBMIT/SUBSCRIBE: to The Poker, which encourages its audience to support continued publication by making both financial and artistic contributions. The Poker encourages you to send poems, translations, articles, book reviews, books to review, and commentary. We invite criticism and debate. Essays by poets will be prized. Poetry by politicians will be ridiculed. Ideas for large articles, projects, interviews, and visual art should be queried before sent. Previous contributors include Rae Armantrout, Christ Pusateri, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Lee Ann Brown, Anna Moschovakis, Giuseppe Ungaretti, and Hoa Nguyen. We prefer not to receive submissions via e-mail, but to our editorial address: P.O. Box 390408, Cambridge, MA 02139. However, the editor can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org The cost of each The Poker is $10.00, Subscriptions: 2 issues for $18.00, 3 for $24.00. Write the editor for international subscription postage price. All orders post paid. Make checks payable to Daniel Bouchard, and mail to P.O. Box 390408, Cambridge, MA 02139.
INNOVATIVE MANUSCRIPTS SOUGHT: for Futurepoem books, holding an open call for manuscripts during the month of September 2009. Futurepoem welcomes unpublished book-length manuscripts of innovative prose, poetry and multi-genre work during our open reading period. As part of our collective approach to editorial decision-making, a slightly different panel of guest editors read and choose manuscripts for publication each year. Our editors for this year are Eileen Myles, Bob Perelman, Kim Rosenfield, and Dan Machlin. The editors will select two manuscripts for our upcoming publication season, which will be announced by end of March 2010. Please follow the guidelines outlined on their website at http://www.futurepoem.com/submissions.html which also gives you the opportunity to order one of their fabulous titles!!!!
SITE TO WATCH : Oulipo’s new, youngest member, American author Daniel Leven Becker, has his new website up and running. It is a fun one to watch ! Check it out at http://dinnerlunchbreakfast.com/
SUBMIT POEMS: Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2009 Judges: Maura Dooley & Jamie McKendrick (Both judges will read all poems). Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 (approximately $1,655, $827, $414) plus 20 prizes of £20 ($33) each and a prizewinners' Coffee-House Poetry reading with Maura Dooley & Jamie McKendrick on Monday 30th November 2009 for all winning poets Submissions: by Friday 9th October 2009. Both judges will read all poems submitted. For complete and detailed rules and directions, go to their site at http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes For other info see http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/ or http://www.troubadour.co.uk/
SUBMIT POETRY BOOKS: to AROHO's To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize will be awarded for the best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman. Submit 48 to 96 pages of poetry postmarked by September 30, 2009. The $20 reading/entry fee is payable by check or money order to A Room of Her Own; please indicate “To the Lighthouse PPP” in the memo line. Include an SASP [self-addressed stamped postcard] with your package for notification of receipt. Your name and address should appear on the cover sheet only, along with the manuscript title, and your address and telephone number. The award amount is $1000 and publication of your poetry collection by Red Hen Press. The winner will be contacted by phone or email prior to the web announcement date. Send your manuscript along with SASP (self addressed stamped postcard), cover sheet, and check (postmarked 9/30/2009) to: A Room Of Her Own , Attn: To the Lighthouse PPP , PO Box 778 , Placitas, NM 87043. Get official cover sheet for this on their site at http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/To_the_Lighthouse.php
READ ONLINE now: Akilah Oliver’s interview in BOMB magazine that has just come out. http://bombsite.powweb.com/?p=3872
ANNOUNCING : de Lucien Suel : « La patience de Mauricette », mon deuxième roman aux Editions de La Table Ronde, après « Mort d’un jardinier », sera en librairie le 3 septembre 2009. Ce roman a été écrit entre août 2008 et avril 2009 alors que j’étais en résidence d’écrivain sur le site de l’Etablissement Public de Santé Mentale d’Armentières - Lille Métropole, au G18, dans le service de psychiatrie générale dirigé par le Docteur Christian Müller. L’action principale du roman se déroule à « La Clinique » du secteur G18 à la fin de l’été 2008, pendant les trois semaines d’hospitalisation de Mauricette Beaussart, 75 ans. La narration inclut des retours en arrière sur l’enfance de l’héroïne et les drames qui l’ont marquée. Entre chaque chapitre du roman, le lecteur découvre aussi le monologue intérieur de la patiente, une sorte de journal intime et instantané, un aperçu de sa souffrance intérieure. D’autres précisions et les premières pages du livre sont à découvrir sur le blog http://luciensuel.blogspot.com/ ou sur le site des Editions de la Table Ronde.
NEW BOOK FROM DUSIE Press: "Dusie Press (based in Switzerland) is pleased to announce its newest book, ‘The Contortions’, by poet Nicole Mauro. Don't miss your chance to support an indy experimental press, with what Dana Teen Lomax describes as, THE CONTORTIONS exposes our fearholes, our limited tenderest tongues, and our raw victual hearts. Wanting to touch to a terrible extent, Mauro's uncanny sound work and edgy wit will change your mind and dilate the rest of you..." Available TODAY!!!! Via SPD. Support SPD and other small press distributors, or order through local Paris bookstores such as Shakespeare, Village Voice or Red Wheelbarrow ! See http://www.dusie.org/ for more info!
PARIS PHOTOGRAPHER TO AFRICA !!!: Jennifer Huxta has embarked upon a long-awaited adventure to Africa this fall, where she will work as a volunteer in Uganda. To support her action, help by purchasing a photo or donating to her cause. OR just keep up on the adventure as it unrolls at her blog and website! http://www.laclandestine.blogspot.com/ or her site at http://www.jenniferhuxta.com/
MAGAZINE SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: The Honey Land Review. We are currently accepting submissions for our fall 2009 issue. Please feel free to review our guidelines today at: http://www.thehoneylandreview.com/Submissions.html Also worth mentioning is our graduate student (MA or MFA) spotlight feature. For those who teach at the graduate level please pass this call for submission along to your students as well! FYI: No bios please! We like to select work based upon its own merit!
NEW BOOKS OUT: by Fence/Fence Books celebrating the publication of “A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years, Volumes 1 & 2” with a Garden Party in NYC if you are there, Sept 12th or else help them feel the joy of publishing these volumes by purchasing a copy for yourself or a friend! If in NYC, these two fat books will be available at a pleasing discount: One for $20/two for $35. And subscriptions to Fence for $10! Readings every hour on the hour by editors and contributors including but not limited to: Peter Gizzi, Matthew Rohrer, Lynne Tillman, and Max Winter. Otherwise, order through local Paris bookstores or online at SPD or directly from Fence. See http://fencebooks.fenceportal.org/ for more!
NEW at WAVE BOOKS: Wave Books is also starting off the new school year by announcing the inaugural title of their Fall 2009 season: SELECTED POEMS by DARA WIER,encompassing work from 1977 through 2006. For complete info, & to order, visit: http://www.wavepoetry.com/catalog/77 For more on Dara Wier, including a schedule of upcoming readings, visit: http://www.wavepoetry.com/authors/47 Other WAVE FORTHCOMING TITLES in October: volumes by MAGGIE NELSON and RACHELZUCKER (Zucker is one of my, Jen Dick’s, favourite authors, so do get a copy of that or feel free to send one my way!!!) For info, visit: http://www.wavepoetry.com/catalog?by=forthcoming All three Fall titles can also be purchased through Wave's SOFTCOVER SUBSCRIPTION, which brings the entire year's catalog to you, for $60. For information, visit: http://www.wavepoetry.com/catalog/73
DIAGRAM FICTION ISSUE!!! Is up for free reading online: Yep, the end of summer fiction issue is up today and waiting for you to come give it a pet. At http://thediagram.com/. Here's what it has: 1. "Field Notes," a story from our 2009 $5 Innovative Fiction Contest winner August Tarrier, introduced by judge Brian Evenson 2. Erica W. Adams' story "Opening" 3. Michael Agresta's story "After the Party" 4. Kristina Born's story "Jack Twig is the Evil Pulse of Canada" 5. Micah Nathan's story "Simulacrum" 6. Lito Elio Porto's story "Airport Botany"7. Natania Rosenfeld's story "The Tenant" 8. Rhoads Stevens' story "Who Does What to Whom" 9. Jenny Zhang's story "The Empty The Empty The Empty" Additionally a number of killer schematics! So come and check it out, warriors of a certain kind of online literary journal love. Also a place for you to submit for future poetry or fiction issues!
NEW in FRENCH: en librairie le 26 septembre : “nEcrit” de Luc Bénazet, (éditions NOUS) (diffusion/distribution Belles Lettres). Pick up a copy, watch for readings!
Read & Submit: First, SHIRA DENTZ: announces her new chapbook! Get yourself a copy via http://www.tiltpress.com/index_files/Page1032.htm Second, when you know her work and can guess at her tastes, send some poems to Shira Dentz. For Shira is also the guest poetry editor for Quarterly West Review and is seeking good poems for the next issue. Email her a short submission at email@example.com
NEW: Counterpath Press announces the publication of the following books: THERE'S THE HAND AND THERE'S THE ARID CHAIR by Tomaž Šalamun (poetry in translation), ROSE ALLEY by Jeremy M. Davies (Fiction), THE BRITTLE AGE AND RETURNING UPLAND by René Char, translated by Gustaf Sobin, foreword by Mary Ann Caws (Poetry, Translation) and Forthcoming: READING THE UNSEEN: (OFFSTAGE) HAMLET by Stephen Ratcliffe (Available Oct 15, Lit Crit), INCIVILITIES by Barbara Claire Freeman (Available Nov 16, Poetry: "Insistent scraps of language pushed beyond the possibility of narrative sequence by forms of destruction."—Judith Butler) and “SHOT” by Christine Hume (Available Dec 15, Poetry). Please visit
YOGA & Stretching Classes : PranaStretch classes and workshops with Ann Moradian At Levels I & II this yoga-based bodywork helps you to release tension, improve your alignment, posture and flexibility, deepen your strength, rediscover and reclaim your integrated self! ONGOING CLASSES from September 7th: Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 PranaStretch (Level I); Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Moving Encounters (Level III); Tuesday 2:30 - 3:30 PranaStretch (Level I); Thursday 19:00 - 20:00 PranaStretch (Level I); Friday 9:30 - 10:30 PranaStretch (Level I); Friday 2:30 - 3:30 PranaStretch (Level I) For additional information: www.affinitiz.com/space/perspectivesinmotion or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also telephone: 01-40-70-07-85 Workshop: PranaStretch Intense (for dancers) Sunday, October 11, 2009, 17:00-20:00 at micadanse in Paris PranaStretch in its original form, for dancers and professional movers, this fluid, breath-based work is intense but without strain. Using the breath to open inner channels and release blockages, we extend our energy beyond the body and out into space, and claim our power, ease and articulation. Workshop: Moving Encounters (for dancers) Sunday, November 22, 2009, 17:00-20:00 at micadanses in Paris Working with elements from yoga, the martial arts and dance, we will move from the breath-based work of the October 11th workshop, toward each other, toward relationship and into partnering.
NEW NOVEL OUT: by LISA PASOLD, her first novel, entitled “Rats of Las Vegas” even has a fun vid-trailer at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS76LGY3cqY. Synopsis: “Millard Lacouvy is a short, plain, fiercely independent prodigy in the male world of poker. She learns her craft in Depression-era Vancouver and then graduates to high stakes games on the Canadian Pacific Railway. When the trains fail to satisfy either her ambition or her need for security, she goes to Bugsy Siegel’s Las Vegas. There she is haunted by the handsome conman she has known all her life, and learns that love can also be a game of chance.” Published by Enfield & Wizenty, order directly at http://www.greatplains.mb.ca/wordpress/?page_id=345. Lisa Pasold: website: lisapasold.com or the Elsewhere blog: http://lisapasold.blogspot.com/
GIVE IT A READ : OCTOPUS! If you don’t know it, check out http://www.octopusmagazine.com/ and Octopus Books as well, selling their excellent poetry collections online at http://www.octopusbooks.net/
PARIS NOVEL OUT NOW: “Paris City of Night”, a new thriller by David D. Downie, is out now.The title tells much: Paris isn’t the alluring City of Light, but rather the City of Night, with emphasis on the N. It’s a shadowy place full of fraudsters, forgers, murderers, Homeland Security operatives and aging Cold Warriors. An orange alert is on, New Year’s looms in the form of a twinkling Eiffel Tower, and a bunch of fanatics on both sides of the terror/fundy divide are out to make life unpleasant for my antihero, Jay Anthony Grant, aka JAG. See more at the author’s website: http://http://www.davidddownie.com/Downie’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/DavidDDownie
ENTER : Kudos Competition 1st prize: year’s subs to either Kudos or Orbis; runner-up: free copy of one of the magazines 50 word (maximum) short, short story, or a prose poem, which incorporates the words ‘North’ OR ‘East’, AND ‘gawky’. And you just have to email your offerings by September 30 (no attachments) to email@example.com
CELEBRATE : 2 years of collaboration at the REWORDS blogsite. Over 61 authors have become members of Rewords, begun in Oct 2007, many from around the world though the site began as a product of a Paris Nuit Blanche conversation, a game. DO go and check it out! DO become an official follower! DO consider becoming a reworder if you think you are ready to post regular poems online in reaction to others’ poems. All aesthetics and styles have been represented these past 2 years, from the most concrete sign-oriented even vid-poem work to formal explorations including strict metrics. http://rewords.blogspot.com/ Tell your friends about us! Spread the word on rewording!