Part I) Paris Events & READINGS
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Part I) Events & READINGS by DATE in July and August 2010 :
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Through Friday, the 9th of July 2010: 8h30 du matin: J'ai le plaisir de vous signaler que, depuis ce lundi et jusqu'à vendredi, David Christoffel présente une chronique sur les troubles mélomaniaques telles que la chopinite, la mollophobie ou le panophylétisme, qui affectent l'écoute de la musique (et, bien entendu, occasionnent des désordres sociaux interminables...). C'est à 8h30 dans le cadre de l'émission "Musique matin", sur France Musique. Même si la chronique ne fait pas l'objet d'un podcast dédié, l'émission restera écoutable en différé via cette page : http://sites.radiofrance.fr/francemusique/em/musique-matin/emission.php?e_id=70000039 Pour plus sur DC : http://www.dcdb.fr/
*8 July at 19h: The Paris literary journal UPSTAIRS AT DUROC invites you to the July reading in their series "Pause on the Landing" with poet FIONA SZE-LORRAIN & prose writers CINDY DEPASQUALE & NIZAKET ALI. BIOS: FIONA SZE-LORRAIN is the author of Water the Moon (Marick Press, 2010), and has co-authored with Gao Xingjian, Silhouette/Shadow: The Cinematic Art of Gao Xingjian (Contours, 2007). Born in Singapore, she graduated from Columbia University and NYU before pursuing a PhD in Paris. A zheng (ancient Chinese zither) concertist, she has performed worldwide. Co-director of Vif Editions, an independent French publishing house that specializes in world literature, and an editor at Cerise Press (www.cerisepress.com), she writes and translates in French, English and Chinese. (www.fionasze.com) CINDY DEPASQUALE has worked as writer/producer for NBC News in Boston, Mass; she has produced shows for The National Geographic Channel, the Animal Planet, the Travel Channel, the History Channel and Fox Television Studios, winning several Emmy Awards. Currently, she lives in Paris, where she works as a freelance broadcast journalist. NIZAKET ALI moved from London to Paris in 2003, where he contributed a number of stories to the Ephemera Literary Quarterly. In 2007, a collection of these and other short stories, Effra & Other Short Stories, was published. Since then, he has completed his first longer work of fiction -- Ira & Mag. At BERKELEY BOOKS OF PARIS 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris, M° Odéon
*8th July at 19h MONICA ALI is reading from “In the Kitchen” AT: The Village Voice Bookstore, 6 rue Princesse, Paris 6°, m° St Germain, or Mabillon. http://www.villagevoicebookshop.com/
For Kids: 10 July 15h00-16h00 (ages 6+) Bleu, Blanc et Rouge Celebrate the fête nationale and help us decorate the children’s room with symbols and colors of France. AT: the American Library 10, rue Général Camou 75007, RER-M° Alma-Marceau. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*12th July at 19h30 Two exhilarating readings with Jonathan Lethem & Helen Schulman - the finale of this year's collaboration with New York University in Paris at: Shakespeare and Co. BIOS: Jonathan Lethem is the author of eight novels, including Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of two short story collections, Men and Cartoons and The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye, and a collection of autobiographical essays, The Disappointment Artist. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, McSweeney's, Tin House and The New York Times among others. He was recently granted a MacArthur Genius Award.Helen Schulman is the author of the short story collection, Not a Free Show, and four novels, most recently A Day at the Beach. She has been a Sundance Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts recipient and a Pushcart-Prize-winner. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She is also an associate professor and fiction coordinator for the MFA Program at The New School. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
Wednesdays FOR KIDS Story Hour 10h30 & 14h30 (ages 3-5) Drop-in sessions on Wednesdays. Spend an hour with friends and some good books. No sign-ups needed. NOTE: Wednesday story hours continue in July and August. There will be no morning sessions from 21 July to 11 August, as the Library has shortened opening hours. Afternoon sessions (14h30 to 15h30) continue throughout the summer. AT: the American Library 10, rue Général Camou 75007, RER-M° Alma-Marceau. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
17 July 15h00-16h00 FOR KIDS (ages 8+) Scrabble Saturday! Maybe you’ve never played Scrabble before, or maybe you’re a Scrabble champion! Beginners and pros are welcome to join us for a fun game of Scrabble in English. Have fun playing in teams or individually. AT: the American Library 10, rue Général Camou 75007, RER-M° Alma-Marceau. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*19 July, 6.30pm Come and celebrate the launch of “Going Back” at Granta’s first-ever event in Paris. We all go back—to explore old friends and lovers, to revisit the towns where we were raised, and ideas abandoned long ago. But can memories be trusted? And what if it proves impossible to return? Join Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, O. Henry Story Prize-winner Mavis Gallant and Vogue Young Writer’s Award-winner Owen Sheers in conversation with Granta Editor John Freeman, author of The Tyranny of E-mail and former president of the National Book Critics Circle.From Granta, the magazine of new writing, comes Granta 111: Going Back. In this striking new issue, Richard Russo returns home to Gloversville, NY, the upstate town on the verge of extinction in which one out of every three gloves in the world was once made. Up-and-coming writer Claire Vaye Watkins offers an epistolary tale of a damaged car on an abandoned road and a Ziploc bag of pristine letters. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shows what happens when a married man’s old flame may return to contemporary Lagos. A young Iris Murdoch writes devotional letters to the older French Surrealist and Oulipo co-founder Raymond Queneau. Leila Aboulela tells of an aspiring Sudanese academic’s return to London with his devout young wife. Foreign correspondent Janine di Giovanni goes back to Sarajevo in search of a boy she met during the siege fifteen years ago. American essayist Hal Crowther delivers a blistering critique of the Internet’s erosion of solitude. With extracts from Mark Twain’s never-before published memoir on childhood, the good company of slaves, trying to smoke tobacco, and life on his uncle’s Florida farm and Colin Grant’s memoir Bageye at the Wheel; new poetry from Seamus Heaney, Adrienne Rich, and Nicholas Christopher; Joseph O’Neill on the breaking of America, and ‘Traces’, a photographic essay centered around the Yangtze River by Ian Teh. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
24 July 15h00-16h00 (FOR KIDS ages 8+) Boggle Bonanza! Never played Boggle before? Beginners and pros are welcome for a game of Boggle in English. Learn tips, tricks, and winning strategies for getting a high score, and join us for an afternoon of fun. AT: the American Library 10, rue Général Camou 75007, RER-M° Alma-Marceau. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*26 July, 7pm Tonight Andrew O’Hagan will read from his new novel that enters into an illuminating perspective that we’ve never imagined before – that of Marilyn Monroe’s dog. Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968. His first book, The Missing, was published in 1995 and shortlisted for the Esquire/Waterstone’s/Apple Non-Fiction Award. Our Fathers, his debut novel, was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. His second novel, Personality, was published in 2003 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. In January of that year Granta named him one of the 'Best of Young British Novelists' and in April he received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. He lives in London. On The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Maf. He had an instinct for the twentieth century. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. This is his story. Maf the dog was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life. Not only a picaresque hero himself, he was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art, witnessing the rise of America's new liberalism, civil rights, the space race, the New York critics, and was Marilyn Monroe's constant companion.The story of Maf the dog is a hilarious and highly original peek into the life of a complex canine hero - he was very much a real historical figure, with his license and photographs sold at auction along with Marilyn's other personal affects. Through the eyes of Maf we're provided with an insight into the life of Monroe herself, and a fascinating take on one of the most extraordinary periods of the twentieth century. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
*26 July: from 8:30pm to LATE: SpokenWord! Share your work on any theme or work on the theme of the night which is… TELEPHONE. See more at http://www.meetup.com/Spoken-Word-in-Paris/calendar/13891130/ . Join SpokenWord Paris’ meetup group or see their blog at : http://spokenwordparis.blogspot.com/ AT: Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix Metro Belleville/Pyrénées 75020 Paris
AUGUST: BONNES VACANCES, but here are things to check out if you are around!
Wednesdays FOR KIDS Story Hour 14h30 (ages 3-5) (and 10h30 & 14h30 after 11 Aug) Drop-in sessions on Wednesdays. Spend an hour with friends and some good books. No sign-ups needed. NOTE: Wednesday story hours continue in August. There will be no morning sessions to 11 August, as the Library has shortened opening hours. Afternoon sessions (14h30 to 15h30) continue throughout the summer. AT: the American Library 10, rue Général Camou 75007, RER-M° Alma-Marceau. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
*16 August, 7pm Andrew Kaufman will read from his new novel The Waterproof Bible, a magical story of love and the isolation that defines the modern condition. This is a wholly original allegorical tale that is both emotionally resonant and outlandishly fun.Rebecca Reynolds is a young woman with a most unusual and inconvenient problem: no matter how hard she tries, she can't stop her emotions from escaping her body and entering the world around her. Luckily she's developed a nifty way to trap and store her powerful emotions in personal objects - but how many shoeboxes can a girl fill before she feels crushed by her past? Three events force Rebecca to change her ways: the unannounced departure of her husband, Stewart; the sudden death of Lisa, her musician sister; and, while on her way to Lisa's funeral, a near-crash with what appears to be a giant frogwoman recklessly speeding in a Honda Civic. Meanwhile, Lisa's inconsolable husband skips the funeral and flies to Winnipeg where he begins a bizarre journey that strips him of everything before he can begin to see a way through his grief… all with the help of a woman who calls herself God.Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario, Canada, the birthplace of Alice Munro. This makes him the second best writer in a town of three thousand. He is also a film maker, radio producer and a regular contributor to the McSweeney’s website. Andrew’s debut, All My Friends Are Superheroes was a cult bestseller. AT: Shakespeare & Co., 37rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5ème. M° St Michel. http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/
19 & 26 August FOR KIDS : Mother Goose Lap Sit 10h30-11h00 (ages 1-3) Rhymes, songs, and stories in English on Thursdays. AT: the American Library 10, rue Général Camou 75007, RER-M° Alma-Marceau. http://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/
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Part III) News Reviews & Reviews News:
SHAKESPEARE & CO Novella Contest! : Paris Shakespeare and Co to award 10000 euros for best novella !!! Initial submissions are to be received by Dec. 1, 2010, and shortlisted entrants must submit their complete novella by March 1, 2011. The contest is open to unpublished writers only and there is an entry fee. See: http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/pdfs/LiteraryPrizeEntryForm-july%2019,%202010.pdf for complete details. Contest starts August 1st!!! SPONSORED BY THE DE GROOT FOUNDATION. THANKS!!!!!
LAST DAYS TO SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS!!!: Action Books will be holding an open reading period June 1-July 15. We will consider book-length manuscripts of poetry, drama, fiction, criticism or some version of these for publication. Translations are welcome. Directions: Please send the manuscript as an attachment to johannes (at) actionyes.org. Please write “Open Reading Submission” and your name in the subject header. Feel free to include a short bio and/or a short description of your book if you think this would be useful. We look forward to reading your manuscripts!
POETRY MANUSCRIPTS SOUGHT: Throughout July, Tupelo Press will hold open submissions for book-length poetry collections (48-90 pages) and chapbook-length poetry collections (30-47 pages). Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language (whether in the United States or abroad). Make sure that your cover page includes the title, your name and contact information, including address, phone number and email address. See complete guidelines at: http://www.tupelopress.org/july_guidelines.php
Check out Laurel Zuckerman’s Paris Writers News site, with interviews, announcements, calls for work plus more! http://www.laurelzuckerman.com/2010/07/paris-writers-news-july-2010-update.html This month, news from Marcia Lebre, Jennifer K. Dick, Corneliu Mitrache, FIONA SZE-LORRAIN, CINDY DEPASQUALE, NIZAKET ALI, Ted Stanger, MONICA ALI, Rosalia Gitau, Parselelo Kantai, Lethem & Helen Schulman, Meredith Mullins, Smashwords, the De Groot Foundation Novella Contest and the PWN Short Story Contest! And a new PWN interview with Rosalia Gitau and Parselelo Kantai
CONGRATS: to Beverley Bie Brahic, one of the finalists for the French American Foundation translation awards. See their website for full details and lists of other contenders! http://www.frenchamerican.org/cms/webfm_send/183
POETS AND WRITERS calendar announces 23 DEADLINGS for writing contests between 15 July and 15 August, so perhaps this is the summer of mailing things out for you? Go check out their site (and perhaps also consider subscribing to their wonderful resource, their mag?) http://www.pw.org/submission_calendar/2010/7/all
Congrats Melissa Hotchkiss on getting her poem into APR. You can all read it online in APR this month at: https://www.aprweb.org/
YOU CAN HELP: Bibliothèque Sans Frontières Shakespeare and Company is taking part in a project to build Rwanda's first public library, and needs help. Outside the shop is a book collection box, so please feel free to add titles you think would benefit the cause. If you would like to donate financially to the cause, there is a collection box inside the shop or you can visit www.bibliosansfrontieres.org.
LIST HELP NEEDED: Jen Dick is SEEKING A RENTREE LIST BLOGGER I should mention that this is the last listing I plan on doing for awhile, as I am moving for a bit to Mulhouse. Therefore I hope to find someone or some people as a group who will keep this up while I am away. If you are a blogger and can easily deal with getting this list up, please do contact me by email and we can get you ready for the rentrée. Thanks! It has been a real gift to be of service to the Paris writing community, and I hope that the things here and elsewhere that I have been involved in will keep going and growing while I am in Alsace! Contact fragment78 (at) gmail.com if interested!