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Wednesday, August 27
7:00pm

PETER MENDELSUND

What We See When We Read
(Vintage, 2014)

Cover
(powerHouse Books, 2014)

in conversation with
LEANNE SHAPTON

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A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us, exactly, what Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page—a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat postioned just so--and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved—or reviled—literary figures. In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as a an award-winning designer; his first career, as a clasically trained pianist; and his first love, literature—he considers himself first and foremost a reader—into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

View a selection of Peter Mendelsund's cover designs:

mendelsund.blogspot.com

And follow his design blog, Jacket Mechanical:

jacketmechanical.blogspot.com

PETER MENDELSUND is the associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and a recovering classical pianist. His designs have been described by The Wall Street Journal as being “the most instantly recognizable and iconic book covers in contemporary fiction.” He lives in New York.

Leanne Shapton's Books Include:

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Tuesday, September 9
7:00pm

JOSEPH O'NEILL

The Dog: A Novel
(Pantheon Books, 2014)

The author of Netherland returns with this eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai.

Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, the unnamed hero of The Dog leaves New York to take an unusual job in Dubai, a city at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la. He struggles with his new position as the "family officer" of the capricious and wealthy Batros family, and he struggles, even more helplessly, with "the doghouse," an inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels constantly trapped—even if he's just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind's moral progress, The Dog is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.

JOSEPH O'NEIL is the author if three novels and a work of non-fiction, most recently Netherland, winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.


Author of:

Netherland (2008)



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Tuesday, September 16
7:00pm

IAN BURUMA

Theater of Cruelty:
Art, Film, and the Shadows of War

(New York Review of Books, 2014)


Previous Books Include:
Inventing Japan: 1853-1964 (2003)
The China Lover (2008)
Taming the Gods (2010)
Year Zero (2013)

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Friday, September 19
7:00pm

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

Printed in Germany
(Walther König, 2014)

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The Production Line of Happiness
(Art Institute of Chicago, 2014)

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< More information about the current exhibition at MoMA >


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Monday, September 22
7:00pm

DANIEL KEHLMANN

F: A Novel
(Pantheon Books, 2014)

From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, here is a dazzling tragicomedy about three brothers whose father takes on the occult.

Arthur is a dilettante, a wannabe writer who decides to fill an afternoon by taking his three young sons to a performance by the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. While allowing one of them to be called onto stage and made a spectacle of, Arthur declares himself to be immune to hypnosis and a disbeliever in all magic. That night, Arthur empties the family bank account, takes his passport, and vanishes.

But what of the boys? Martin, painfully shy, grows up to be a Catholic priest without a vocation. Eric becomes a financier, losing touch with reality as he faces ruin, while Ivan, destined for glory as a painter, instead becomes a forger. They've settled into their life choices, but when the summer of the global financial crisis dawns they're thrown together again with cataclysmic results.

DANIEL KEHLMANN is a German-Austrian novelist. He has won the Candide Prize, the Kleist Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize, among others.


Previous Books Include:
Me and Kaminski (2003)
Measuring the World (2006)
Fame (2009)

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Monday, October 6
7:00pm

DOROTHEA LASKY

Rome: Poems
(Liveright, 2014)

"Her Rome is huge and intrepid and perfect, a total gift."—Maggie Nelson, author of Bluets

With each new book, from the grand religiosity of AWE to the flat sadness and nihilism of Black Life to the witchery of Thunderbird, Dorthea Lasky's poems have kept gaining an increasingly robust readership and have influenced an entire generation of new poets, fusing the transcendent vision of the New York School with a kind of performative confessionalism, bringing the force and power of the classical world into the everyday.

Rome, her fourth collection, is a book populated with love's proxies, its wounded animals and desiccated bodies, in league with her chosen poetic company: Catullus and Anne Sexton, Nicki Minaj and Drake. In these poems of high lyricism, Lasky fuses the ancient world, with all its grandiosity and power, with the fierceness and heartbreak of our everyday world, where sometimes all a poet can do is to carry her line like a weapon as she slashes across a landscape of language, strange fascinations, real people, and the imagination.

DORTHEA LASKY is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, and the Boston Review.


Previous Books Include:
Awe (2007)
Thunderbird
(2012)

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Wednesday, October 15
7:00pm

PAOLO GIORDANO

The Human Body: A Novel
(Pamela Dorman Books, 2014)

in conversation with
JOSHUA FERRIS


Author of:
The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010)


Joshua Ferris' Books Include:

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Tuesday, October 21
7:00pm

EMMANUEL CARRERE

Limonov:
The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet
Who Became a Bum in New York, A Sensation in France,
and a Political Antihero in Russia

(FSG, 2014)


Previous Books Include:

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Wednesday, October 22
7:00pm

SUSAN HOWE

Spontaneous Particulars:
The Telepathy of Archives
(Christine Burgin / New Directions, 2014)

Previous Books Include:

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Friday, October 24
7:00pm

HEIDI JULAVITS
& LEANNE SHAPTON


Women in Clothes
(Blue Rider Press, 2014)

Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors—including Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Elif Batuman, Mac McClelland, Molly Ringwald, Rachel Kushner, Roxane Gay and Sarah Nicole Prikett—Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.


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Tuesday, October 28
7:00pm

ANNE RICE

Prince Lestat
(Knopf, 2014)

with VICTORIA WILSON

Interviewed by
ANDREW SEAN GREER

Previous Books in the "Vampire Chronicles" Include:

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Thursday, November 13

7:00pm

CHRISTO

Christo and Jeanne-Claude:
In/Out Studio

(Verlag Kettler/D.A.P., 2014)



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