Part I) Paris Events & READINGS (with asterisks) by dates in January + a few in February 2010
Part II) Writing Workshops & courses poetry reading, acting, etc in Paris
Part III) News Reviews & Reviews News: publications, calls for work, new books & more!
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Part I) Events & READINGS by DATE in JANUARY 2010 :
*11 Jan at 7 pm – Poet Marilyn Hacker: Shakespeare & Co is honoured to present prize-winning poet Marilyn Hacker as she reads from her new book of poetry Names. ‘Hacker is, to use a trite term, a major poet. More than that she is exciting and true.’—George Szirtes. In Names, Marilyn Hacker juxtaposes glimpses of contemporary lives with dialogues undertaken in signal poetic voices. Using her signature wit, passion, and mastery of received and invented forms, she convinces us to believe in a world made possible by language—prescient, playful, polyglot, and often breathtaking. This is the European launch reading of Names , published in the United States by W.W. Norton and Co. last month. BIO: Hacker's virtuosic rhymes, syllabics and other traditional devices give discipline and elegance to her learned, yet direct, clear, personal, work: her daily life in Paris and New York, her affection for other writers, her lesbian identity and her left-wing politics find generous expression in this 12th book. Those who found her earlier work of the 1990s too casual could find real power here: reacting to violence in Iraq and in the Middle East, to America's sometimes baleful foreign policies, and contemplating the mortality of her friends, Hacker achieves a sometimes grim compression. “I tease out metaphors to link desire/ and stasis, coffee, shadows, lavender;/ in my name, sons and sisters die Elsewhere.” So she writes in an abbreviated crown of sonnets; a ghazal (one of 11, all composed according to strict older rules) rebukes the poet for “easy, dishonest verses./ Nothing protects your poetry from the love that kills.” Hacker has herself become an eminent translator (of Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Claire Malroux, among many others); her attention to Francophone and Arabic writers, alongside and against her American Jewish heritage, helps give this collection its sometimes surprising force. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*11 Jan from 8:30pm to LATE: SpokenWord Share your work or work on the theme of the night: "Junk": Junk food, junkies, junk yard, Chinese boat, stuff you wanna junk, Who says what's to be called junk anyway? Reinventing uses for "junk" ! AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris
*11th January, American author James Ellroy will read from his latest novel at the Theatre du Rond-Point. In French. Details on their website.
*12 Jan at 7pm : Author Nam Le will present The Boat and will be introduced by Charles D'Ambrosio. The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea. They guide us to the heart of what it means to be human ? and herald the arrival of a remarkable new writer. Nam Le was born in Vietnam, and raised in Australia. His work has appeared in Zoetrope, A Public Space, One Story, Conjunctions, and the Pushcart Prize and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies. Currently the fiction editor of the Harvard Review, he divides his time between Australia and the United States. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*12 January 19h30 A Night at the Movies: Tama Carroll discusses ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and changing a book’s ending to please the film’s audience. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*13 January 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Suzy Gershman, of the ‘Born to Shop’ travel book series, offers shopping tips and discusses her memoir, ‘C’est la Vie.’ AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
KIDS: 13th Jan at 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Kids' Corner to celebrate Spot's birthday! PLEASE Kids' Club is a free monthly reading in English for children ages 4-8 held on every month except July. NOTE: Kids' Club will now be held on the second Wednesday of every month, instead of the last Wednesday. To RSVP for this event, please send an email with the child's name, age and English level to: email@example.com with 'January Kids' Club RSVP' as the object of the message. Your child's name will automatically be registered on our guest list. Thank you for your understanding. AT: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris M° Concorde Exit: rue Cambon. For more info: http://www.whsmith.fr/
14 Jan à partir de 19h - VERNISSAGE pour JULIE LEGRAND « Fourmillement » Galerie Anton Weller – Isabelle Suret, 9 rue Christine, 75006 Paris T. +33 (0)1 43 54 56 firstname.lastname@example.org ou http://www.anton-weller.com/
*14 Jan at 7:30pm. Lecture à la galerie d'Aréa par SAPHO. Where: Galerie d'Aréa, 50 rue d'Hauteville - Paris 75010
14 jan à 19:30 Nina Zivancevic a le plaisir de vous inviter, avec M. l'ambassadeur de la Serbie, au Centre Culturel Serbe (voir les details sur leur site web) Centre culturel de Serbie, 123 rue Saint Martin, 75004 Paris + 33 1 42 72 50 50 tél + 33 1 42 72 52 80 faxhttp://www.ccserbie.com/ ou www.myspace.com/centrecultureldeserbie)
*14 Jan at 7pm: Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier will present their new translation of Simone de Beauvoir's classic, The Second Sex. Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir's masterwork weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of "woman" and to postulate on the power of sexuality. Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still as eye-opening and pertinent as ever. This long-awaited new translation pays particular attention to the existentialist terms and French nuances that may have been misconstrued in the first English edition, and reinstates significant portions of the "Myths" and "History" chapters, including Beauvoir's accounts of more than seventy historical female figures that were originally cut due to length. A groundbreaking exploration of woman as "other," The Second Sex is a document that continues to provoke and inspire, continually and dramatically revising the way women talk and think about themselves. Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, both American, are longtime residents of France and former teachers at the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*15 Jan 3:00-6:00pm scbwifrance hosts their first Show & Tell of the year Join us for tea and Show & Tell AT: the Tea Corner , 6, rue Mandar, 75002 Further info: Tioka Tokedira email@example.com
*15 Jan at 6 pm – A signing with novelist Wally Lamb. In Paris for the publication in French of The Hour I First Believed (Le Chagrin et la Grâce), the New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb will be with us for a signing of his books and some mulled wine! Lamb was the 1999 recipient of the New England Book Award for fiction. I Know This Much Is True won the Friends of the Library USA Readers’ Choice Award for best novel of 1998, and the Kenneth Johnson Memorial Book Award, which honoured the novel’s contribution to the anti-stigmatization of mental illness. She’s Come Undone was a 1992 “Top Ten” Book of the Year selection in People magazine and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best First Novel of 1992.Wally Lamb’s third novel, The Hour I First Believed, explores chaos theory by interfacing several generations of a fictional Connecticut family with non-fictional American events; the Civil War, the Columbine High School shootings of 1999, the Iraq War, and Hurricane Katrina. Since 1999, Wally Lamb has contributed time as a volunteer facilitator at the York Correctional Institute, a maximum-security prison for women. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. Wally Lamb's most recent work, Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story, was published in November 2009. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*15 jan à partir de 18h nous vous invitons à rencontrer MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ « Rapport de police » Editions POL AT : Librairie Les Cahiers de Colette, 23/25 rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris, 0142729506 http://www.lescahiersdecolette.com/ et sur Facebook
15 jan de 19h30 à 21h Vous êtes invités à une soirée exceptionnelle: Création d’œuvre en live par Eric Turlot L’art contemporain dans tous ses états, Rétrospective France, USA, Corée, Chine, Japon, Allemagne - 30 artistes Expo Jusqu’au 31 janvier 2010. 20 artistes qui proposent une vision panoramique de l’art contemporain international. 27 rue Keller Paris 75011 M° Bastille 01 43 57 08 51 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.dorothysgallery.com/
until 16th January: Sami Frey in "Premier Amour". Have a look at this and a list of the numerous Shakespeare productions, Oscar Wilde, The Footsbarn, Gary Cole and texts by Edgar Allan Poe taking place in English in Paris and ile de France: See the events for theatre list online at: http://wordsaliveo.wordpress.com/english-language-authors/
*16 janvier à 19 heures 30 : Art, Musique et Poésie. autour de « Temps solaire » poèmes de Cécile Oumhani, accompagnés par des gravures de Myoung-Nam Kim éditions Voix d'encre. Ivan Bellocq et Anja Thomas présenteront leur mise en espace d'extraits du recueil Myoung-Nam Kim exposera ses gravures, Cécile Oumhani lira des poèmes. La soirée sera suivie d'un verre de l'amitié. AT : la librairie La Lucarne des Ecrivains, 115 rue de l'Ourcq 75019 Paris. Tél : 01 40 05 91 29. M° Crimée, ligne 7
*16 janvier à partir de 17h30 nous vous invitons à rencontrer CHRISTOPHE PRADEAU « La Grande Sauvagerie » Editions Verdier AT : Librairie Les Cahiers de Colette, 23/25 rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris, 0142729506 http://www.lescahiersdecolette.com/ et sur Facebook
17 janvier à 16h30 Récital chant & piano au profit de l'association Mon Montrouge Oeuvres de Scarlatti, Purcell, Haendel, Schubert, Quilter, Fauré, De Falla...Thé & tartes avec les musiciens après le concert Places : le concert 12 € , la “saison” de 3 concerts 30 € (Pour les membres des associations du collectif : le concert 10 €, la saison 25€) AT : 20 rue Louis Rolland à Montrouge Réservations : email@example.com ou au 06 07 95 52 92
*18 Jan at 7 pm – Author and critic Luc Sante. A special reading from celebrated author and critic Luc Sante, who is in Paris for Christian Boltanski's Monumenta exhibition at the Grand Palais. Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, and most recently, Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990–2005. He has also recently done the foreword for The Possible Life Of Christian Boltanski and is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. Luc’s most recent publication is Folk Photography (Yeti Publishing, 2009), a beautifully printed book documenting the phenomenon of the real-photo postcard in the early 20th century, together with a major critical essay by “one of the handful of living masters of the American language, as well as a singular historian and philosopher of American experience.” AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
18th to 21st January : The company Théâtre en Anglais presents three plays in English to be performed at The Bataclan. For more information contact 01 55 02 37 87. "Romeo and Juliet," "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray." For youth and adults.
*19 January 19h30 WICE@The Library - Writers on Writing: Chip Martin on publishing, writing and American literary expatriation in Europe. He'll touch on his work and in particular his affinity for the form of the 'blest nouvelle', as Henry James called it. Chip Martin was born n Philadelphia, grew up in California and has lived largely in London since 1973. He is the author of more than a dozen interlinked novellas and, as Stoddard Martin, of five books of literary and cultural criticism. He has been a social worker, a wood merchant, a layer of irrigation pipeline, a professor of college English on U.S. warships, a teacher of writing at Harvard and a lecturer in literature at Oxford and at Warsaw Universities. He has a degree in history from Stanford and a Ph.D. in English from the University of London, where he retains a visiting fellowship.In the 1980s, he edited Avantgarde and Status UK magazines; his reviews and articles have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, San Diego Union, Jewish Chronicle and elsewhere. He served for many years on the management committee of English PEN. He is sole proprietor of the small press Starhaven, which received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Poetry Book of 2008 for Poems from Dry Creek by John Dofflemyer. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*20 January 19h30 Evenings with an Author: Award-winning Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky discuss the translation process and their newest work on ‘Doctor Zhivago.’ AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*21st Jan at 7:00 p.m. On the occasion of the publication of the English translation of Napoleon's “Clisson and Eugénie”, join us for a conversation about Napoleon with Peter Hicks, historian at the Fondation Napoléon, and Steven Englund, author of “Napoleon: A Political Life.” Completed when Napoleon was only 26, the tragic story of Clisson and Eugénie reveals one of history’s great leaders to be also an accomplished writer of fiction and offers a fascinating insight into the young man’s view of love, women and military life.
Peter Hicks and Émilie Barthet have created the definitive version of Clisson and Eugénie from original fragments of manuscript. This edition includes their notes and commentary on Napoleon the writer, and an introduction by Napoleonic specialist, Armand Cabasson, on the man behind the legend. Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org AT: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris M° Concorde Exit: rue Cambon. For more info: http://www.whsmith.fr/
*21 Jan at 7pm: Lorraine Liscio will present her book Paris and Her Remarkable Women. To visit a city is to wander through its stories and glimpse its ghosts. This book evokes Paris from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century through sixteen exceptional women whose lives intersected with Paris in remarkable ways and whose eventual fame depended on the city itself. The women profiled include: Mme. Roland, St. Genevieve, Marie Curie, Coco Chanel, Mme. de Sevigné, Heloise, Christine de Pizan, Catherine de Medici, Emilie du Châtelet, Francoise d'Aubigne, Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Rachel Felix, George Sand, Sarah Bernhardt, Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, and Camille Claudel. Their stories bring to life medieval culture, Enlightenment ideas, the court of Louis XIV, the chaos of the Revolution, the nineteenth-century art scene, and twentieth-century breakthroughs in science and fashion. Whenever possible, the author allows these women to speak for themselves. The sites associated with each women are located in the central parts of Paris that most visitors explore, and even those women whom most people thought they knew may prove surprising. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*24th Jan at 7.30 pm MOVING PARTS presents a reading of a play by Timothy Jay Smith "Little Eden" (screenplay) For more, see: http://www.movingparts.org.uk/ or e-mail Stephanie Campion email@example.com for listings! Tel : 06 14 67 18 58 AT: Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, M° Tuileries
*25 Jan at 7 pm – Poet, novelist and actress Margo Berdeshevsky. Author, actress, and poet Margo Berdeshevsky, born in New York City, won the American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick award for innovative fiction for Beautiful Soon Enough, her new book of illustrated short stories (University of Alabama Press, 2009). Her poetry collection But a Passage in Wilderness was published by Sheep Meadow Press (2007). Honours include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, The Chelsea Poetry award, Kalliope’s Sue Saniel Elkind Award, places in the Pablo Neruda and Ann Stanford Awards, five Pushcart Prize nominations and two Pushcart special mention citations for works in leading literary journals including Kenyon Review, New Letters, Agni, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, and Poetry International. In Europe her work has appeared in Poetry Review (UK), The Wolf, Siecle 21, & Europe. Her novel Vagrant is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. She currently lives in Paris, where she is considering conversations with Madame de Sévigné's ghost who lurks, maybe, in the courtyard. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*26 January 19h30 : IVY Writers Celebrates 5 years of bilingual readings with JOE ROSS, COLIN MAHAR & Guest French author TBA with poetry in English & French and poetry put into music. JOE ROSS will be launching his newest book, his 12th collection of poems: “Strata” (published by Dusie Press) and COLIN MAHAR will be punctuating the evening with his musical creations. BIOS: ROSS: Author of twelve books of poetry, Joe Ross was born in Pennsylvania. In 1997 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award for his poetry and moved to San Diego, where he worked for The City of San Diego Commission's for Arts and Culture. His poetry reveals close links with the "Language" poets but seeks in its often disjunctive structure, puns, and linguistic riddles, to be accessible to a large audience. Many of Ross's poems are subliminally political while concerned with love and interrelations between individuals. The American Voyage, in particular, concerns the idealism of American culture and its failures as a culture to live up to those ideals. Recent publications include: EQUATIONS =equals (Green Integer Press, 2004), Strati (Bi-lingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2007), FRACTURED // Conections … (Bi-lingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2008) & Strata (Dusie Press, 2008). He has also had poetry in dozens of magazines & anthologies, including the Debut Edition of - The Best American Poetry 1988, Scribner/MacMillan Publishing Company, John Ashbery, editor. MAHAR: Born in New York City, raised in Montréal, Colin moved down to San Francisco to pursue poetry. Started writing songs on a pawn-shop-bought mariachi guitar. His first chords were learned from Punk Rock Pete. Back in Montréal his musical training was taken up by local poet/composer David Ranger and with his help Colin wrote my first tunes. He soon left for Paris and not long after, David ended up there too. After a return to SF (to study poetics at the New College of California) and then a return to Paris (to write and drink wine ) Colin joined David, Amanda Watters and Florent Selig to form HAMPER - a great rock band that is now on semi-permanent hiatus after the bassist and lead guitar player decided to have a baby together and move to Ottawa. Check out some of his music at: www.myspace.com/colinmahar At: The Next, downstairs, 17 rue Tiquetonne 75002. M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles. See http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.com/ for full details (up soon !)
*27 janvier 20h : Poète/publique : rencontre avec Jacques Roubaud & Benoît Casas / Nous 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 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.
*28 Jan 7 PM. UPSTAIRS AT DUROC, the Paris-based literary journal, is proud to invite you to the Launch Reading for Issue 11.. Come hear exciting new work by four of our contributors: JÉROME MAUCHE, JENNIFER K. DICK, RICHARD TOOVEY and BONNY FINBERG. BIOS: Jérôme Mauche is the author of Électuaire du discount (Le Bleu du ciel, 2004), as well as of many other books and chapbooks, including Le Placard en flammes, La Maison Bing and Fenêtre, porte et façade. He directs the poetry collection "Grands soirs" with Les Petits Matins publishers, and curates reading series for the Musée Zadkine and the Ménagerie de Verre, in Paris. Jennifer K. Dick, from Iowa, is the author of Fluorescence (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2004), the chapbook Retina/Rétine (Estepa Editions, Paris, 2005) and the BlazeVox eBook Enclosures. Her poetry translations appear in the anthology New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and in journals. Several of her translations of Jérôme Mauche's prose poems appear in Upstairs at Duroc Issue 11. Richard Toovey is an architect and translator who has lived in Berlin since 1989. He helped found Border Crossing magazine, chairs the Creative Writing Group e.V. and assists with the Poetry Hearings festival. His poetry, which has been commended in the Arvon Competition and nominated for the Forward Prize, appears most recently in Orbis, The Salzburg Review and The SHOp. Bonny Finberg's chapbook of short stories, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press) was featured on the DVD 5 Guys Read Finberg. Her work appears in Evergreen Review, The Brooklyn Rail, four Unbearables Anthologies, Lost and Found: New York Stories from Mr. Beller's Neighborhood and Best American Erotica. She has been translated into French, Hungarian and Japanese. AT: BERKELEY BOOKS OF PARIS, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris, Metro Odéon.
*28 Jan at 7pm: Diane Johnson will discuss the work of author Leonard Michaels. First acclaimed as a story-length memoir, then expanded into a novel, Sylvia draws us into the lives of a young couple whose struggle to survive Manhattan in the early 1960s involves them in sexual fantasias, paranoia, drugs, and the extreme intimacy of self-destructive violence. Reproducing a time and place with extraordinary clarity, Leonard Michaels explores with self-wounding honesty the excruciating particulars of a youthful marriage headed for disaster. Leonard Michaels (1933-2003) was the author of Going Places, I Would Have Saved Them If I Could, and The Men's Club, among other books. FSG will publish his Collected Stories in June to coincide with the reissue of Sylvia. AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
28 January 8 :30pm : Beer Necessities presents in concert in Paris for the 4th time from America Erin McKeown & Anais Mitchell. This is a truly great album, in some ways it feels like Erin's "Pet Sounds" and in others a concept album, though Karel Beer has no idea what the concept is. (he'll have to ask her) So let's pack the place and make these girls the stars that they deserve to be! Erin McKeown la nouvelle signature de Righteous Babe, le label d’Ani Di Franco Produit par Sam Kassirer et mixé par Brian Deck (Modest Mouse), Hundreds of lions est une perle de songwriting à la fois folk et pop. Cet album enregistré sur trois ans marque l’apogée d’une artiste unique ayant déjà 10 ans de carrière AT: La Java, 105 rue du faubourg du Temple Paris 10 tickets on the night / Fnac etc 15e. To get on events mailing list : firstname.lastname@example.org
*29 Jan at 7 pm – Novelist Salvatore Scibona. In Paris for the French publication of The End, National Book Award finalist Salvatore Scibona will read from his prize-winning novel. Excerpts will also be read in French. The English paperback edition was published in autumn 2009.The End is a brilliant debut novel about a single day in 1953 as experienced by six people in an Ohio carnival crowd and spanning half a century of Italian immigrant history. The End was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, and the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing. His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best New American Voices, and the New York Times. Salvatore Scibona administers the writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. "Like no other contemporary writer, Salavatore Scibona is heir to Saul Bellow, Graham Greene, and Virginia Woolf, and his masterful novel stands as proof of it—a concordance of the immigrant experience from the beautiful to the brutal and everything in between." ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
A PEEK INTO READINGS in FEBRUARY 2010 :
*4 Feb at 7pm: An evening surrounding American literature with Marc Amfreville, author of Ecrits en Souffrance and also with Ada Savin, author of L'Amerique par Elle-Meme. On Ecrits en Souffrance: Comment ne pas entendre sourdre dans cette représentation sereine d'une île grecque, tirée de Fugitive Pieces, roman d'Anne Michaels, l'image inquiétante et improbable des camps de la mort auxquels Jakob, réfugié à Zakynthos, a échappé? La mer ici devient épiderme, surface qui, par sa définition même, fait éprouver le sentiment d'un insondable. Entre l'enfoui et l'émergeant, l'écriture a réussi à dire le trauma. …La réflexion vise à débusquer parallélismes, lieux de rencontre, mais aussi écarts entre psychanalyse et fiction, pour tenter de découvrir la logique de ce contrepoint. Ainsi, d'auteur en auteur— C.B. Brown, E.A. Poe, H. Melville, A. Bierce, T. Williams, J. Ellroy, F. Howe, D. DeLillo, P. Auster, A. Michaels, H. James—, cette lecture s'attache à dégager les fondamentaux métaphoriques du trauma tels qu'ils peuvent s'inscrire formellement dans divers textes et les constituer en « écrits en souffrance ». AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
*4th Feb at 7:00 p.m. Charles Glass will present and sign his book “Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-44” Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps. Please RSVP: email@example.com AT: WH Smith, 248, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris M° Concorde Exit: rue Cambon. For more info: http://www.whsmith.fr/
Thursday 4, Friday 5 & Saturday 6 February, 2010 at 20h30; Saturday 6 February matinée 14h30 BOOKING NOW FOR THE NEXT INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS’ SHOW « The Lady in the Van” by Alan Bennett. At the end of the 1960s, Alan Bennett encountered Miss Shepherd, an elderly eccentric living in a van near his home in Camden Town. It was an encounter which was to lead, eventually, to Miss Shepherd’s moving her van into his garden in 1974 for ‘two or three months’ – but those three months extended to fifteen years. The Lady in the Van is the funny and moving dramatisation of his “smelly ” cohabitation with Miss Shepherd, and of her death in 1989. Special group prices are available for the matinée performance. Salle des Fetes, Quai Voltaire, Le Pecq, 78230 RER line A1 Le Vésinet - Le Pecq, Tickets 12 & 10 euros Res & info: http://www.internationalplayers.co.uk/ or 06 31 58 62 85. Booking info: firstname.lastname@example.org
*11 Feb at 7pm: An event around Jane Campion's film Bright Star. Bilingual Reading of some of the Keats' poems selected in the film with the participation of Fouad El-Etr, éditeur of La DéliranteAT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
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Part II) Writing, reading & acting workshops in Paris! (listed by start date) :
ACTING: Words Alive O theatre classes and workshops start again on Wednesday 13th January. Merci de bien vouloir confirmer votre présence par email ou téléphoner. Catch up on the latest on http://www.wordsaliveo.com/ and see times, prices, etc for workshops. Confirm your place by calling Words Alive O!
READING POETRY: “The Flowers of Evil and other Poetry: Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine” Date: Thursdays, January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18 Time: 10:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. Fascinated by the Belle Epoque? Poets of the period, especially Charles Baudelaire, wrote some of the most powerful and evocative works of the time. In this 6-session course of ‘slow’ poetry, we will discuss the works of Baudelaire, Verlaine and others, exploring Symbolism, Decadence, the Belle Epoque commercialism and, of course, love in all its variants. This course is well-suited for students of art (Baudelaire himself was an art critic as well), as well as non-French readers. All poems discussed will be presented in parallel French and English versions, with plenty of time for discussion and debate. Vive la poésie! Instructor: Gretel Furner, MA German and French literature, Oxford, PhD German Literature, U. of Saarbruecken; former professor at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and Instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Code: WJ141 Fee: 120€ Place: At a member's home in Neuilly near line 1. Complete details will be provided to attendees. Note: Open to WICE and AWG members. Pre-registration with your association required. http://www.wice-paris.org/wice/creative-writing-and-literature/the-flowers-of-evil-and-other-poetry-charles-baudelaire-and-paul-verlaine
15 Jan 19h00-21h00 (ages 12+) Teen Acting Workshop: Come as you are! Join us for a night of improvising, acting and fun with Clarence Tokley of the Bilingual Acting Workshop in Paris. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. AT: The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris RER Alma Marceau or M° Ecole Militaire. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
PITCH YOUR CHILDRENS’ BOOK: A pitch & query session Interested in preparing to go to the SCBWI Bologna symposium/book fair in March (http://www.scbwibologna.org/) or thinking about looking for an agent? Julia Churchill of Greenhouse Literary Agency has offered to help SCWBI members prepare. She'll be leading a Saturday afternoon workshop designed to improve the disposition of our quarrelsome queries and pesky pitches. We are looking at two possible days -- Feb 27 or Mar 5. (Yep, that's during the winter holidays.) If you're interested in attending, RSVP ASAP and mention which date(s) you'll be available. Tioka Tokedira email@example.com
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Part III) News Reviews & Reviews News: publications + calls for work
A (LAST) VERSAL CALL: DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2010! Versal wants your poetry, prose, and art for its eighth issue due out in May 2010. Internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam, bringing together the world's urgent, involved, & unexpected. See website for guidelines and to submit: http://versal.wordsinhere.com/. To go directly to the submission manager and attach your word files (max 5 poems thus no more than 10 pages): http://www.wordsinhere.com/versal/submgr/index.php
Inquiries (only) can be directed to: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/.
ONLINE: Check out author Dawn Michelle Baude’s new website for news of her & of her books: http://www.dawnmichellebaude.com/.
SEEKING WORK: accepting materials for an upcoming domestic violence anthology. The anthology will be a fund raiser for domestic shelters in middle Tennesee. The book will be printed by "Published By Westview, Inc." in Nashville, TN. All submissions should come by postal mail to my home address. The deadl...ine for submissions is July 31, 2010. Thank you. Poems, photos (inspirational, humor), and a few essays or plays if I receive them. Poets may send 1-5 poems themed or in support of the project. Theme poems include victimization, surviving abuse, solving a problem, sexual assault poems, court poems or whatever the writer may come up with. Also support poems such as family humor or something uplifting. Any accepted photos must be 300 dpi or better. Plays and essays should be themed work. Please send submissions to David S. Pointer, 803 West Main Street Apt. M; Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Writers may email the editor for more information at email@example.com
SUBMIT TO NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE : The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American citizens. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals. Translations, chapbooks, small groups of poems, and books previously selfpublished are not eligible. Manuscript length is not limited. However, a length of 48-64 pages is suggested. See full guidelines at: http://www.nationalpoetryseries.org/ Deadline: manuscripts must be postmarked between 1 January 2010 and 16 February 2010. 5 books will be selected. Judges names are also online.
PARIS HOSTS NEEDED: for Childrens’ book writers and publisher’s group: If you can host the February or April SCWBI Show & Tell at your home, let me know. We usually meet: On a weeknight from 7ish until 10:30pm; It can either be organized as a potluck dinner or we can have food delivered...There's usually 5-12 of us. Contact: Tioka Tokedira firstname.lastname@example.org
RADIO IN ENGLISH: Fill your ears with new voices, http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/womr/ppr/index.shtml- radio station broadcast live from Cape Cod, Massachussetts. Tune in for a special Comedy Show early Monday mornings 6 to 8 am Paris time. You can also connect with your iphone apps.
NOW OUT: “100 Notes on Violence” by Julie Carr. Winner of the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Carr obsessively researches intimate terrorism, looking everywhere from Whitman and Dickinson to lists of phobias and weapon- store catalogs for answers. Do they lie in statistics, in statements by and about rapists and killers, in the capacity for cruelty that the poet herself admits to? This book is a dream-document both of light and innocence—babies and the urge to protect them—and of giving in to a wrenching darkness, where despair lies in the very fact that no single factor is to blame. Order now from Ahsahta Press, 1910 University Drive–MS 1525, Boise, ID 83725 http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/
POETRY BOOK PRIZE: Asahta Press will continue to read manuscripts for the $1500 Sawtooth Poetry Prize Competition which is taking place right now: each year between January 1 and March 1. Please see the guidelines for more information, at their site at: http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/contest.htm
NEW OUT : “Reading the Unseen: (Offstage) Hamlet” by Stephen Ratcliffe is now out from Counterpath Press. 216 pages. ISBN 978-1933996141. $17.95. Order from Counterpath (http://www.counterpathpress.org/aupgs/ratcliffe/ratcliffe.html) or Small Press Distribution (http://www.spdbooks.org/). "Stephen Ratcliffe’s beautiful meditation on what does not happen in Hamlet offers a fascinating view of the play, focusing on the unperformable but nevertheless essential action, recounted events, the actions that words create and that remain words, but that also enable and explain the business of the drama. This book will be compulsive reading for anyone who cares about Shakespeare." — Stephen Orgel "Stephen Ratcliffe’s new study of Hamlet is nothing short of a small miracle. A poet’s 'language book’ . . . for all seasons and all readers.” — Marjorie Perloff Also from this press : Counterpath Press is having a book sale: any 10 Counterpath titles for $100. Please visit our website at http://www.counterpathpress.org/ for details. Also, we have a new Facebook page and please visit and become a "fan" for updates about our books, authors, or to get in touch. It's at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Counterpath-Press/174863182908?v=wall&ref=ts
NEW BOOK OUT: “If not metamorphic” by Brenda Iijima. “If not metamorphic” changed by geological pressure, then what? Iijima’s newest book uses the long form, frequently in choral antiphon, to ask what kind of pressures exert change—as in the title poem, where war and human cruelty have turned even the kelp murderous—and what exactly is changed: sometimes words take on other forms before our eyes, sometimes sentences try on new endings in shameless view, and puns on popular culture poke through the deepest meditation. These poems truncate and disrupt narrative, borrowing now from the parataxis of renku, now from the verse-prose travelogue of haibun, but do not foreclose the possibility of epiphany; Iijima still envisions a “Great Swan” that holds within it creation and destruction: “Eureka / Or death?” “Iijima’s eco-provocations have the lightness and gravitas of an improbably reconsecrated world glimpsed at its hectic, interrogatively driven conception. On the edge of loss, words have taken on direct agency.” —Joan Retallack http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/ to order.
RUFO Quintavalle’s BLOG: local poet & guest poetry editor for Nth Position has started blogging. If you're interested it's at: rufoquintavalle.blogspot.com