Wednesday, April 23
Congratulations, By the Way:
Some Thoughts on Kindness
(Random House, 2014)
Three months after George Saunders gave a convocation address at Syracuse University last May, a transcript of that speech was posted on the web site of the New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Congratulations, By the Way features that speech along with illustrations.
Saunders's words provoke all of us to examine our behavior and to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, honest, this book delivers an inspiring message from one of today's most influential and original writers.
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Tuesday, May 6
ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS PRESENTS
FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF
JOIN US FOR A DISCUSSION WITH:
Translator from the Czech,
According to Milan Kundera, Bohumil Hrabal was Czechoslovakia’s greatest writer. Archipelago is pleased to present the first English translation of his novel Harlequin's Millions with a translation by Stacey Knect.
Harlequin’s Millions is peopled with eccentric, unforgettable characters that live in a home for the elderly and reminisce about their lives and their changing country. Poised on the threshold between joy and melancholy, this novel allows us into the mind of a woman coming to terms with the passing of time.
“Hrabal likes to heat his caught enigmas, his snatches of story and strange facts, so that they begin to emit a magical vapour… The invitation, we feel, is not simply for the reader to see these hanging torsos, but to imagine someone imagining them, which is a little different.”
–James Wood, The London Review of Books
BOHUMIL HRABAL (1914-1997) is the author of comic, nearly surreal tales about workers, eccentrics, and nonconformists. His writings were banned after the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in 1969. After his country achieved independence, Hrabal’s underground works from the 1970s were at last published there.
STACEY KNECHT has translated works by Hugo Claus and Marcel Möring. She lives in the Netherlands and runs the literary website The Ledge.
CALEB CRAIN’S most recent novel, Necessecary Errors, depicts the life of a budding writer in Prague just after the Velvet Revolution. He is also the translator of Eda Kriseová’s biography of the Czech playwright, politician, and philosopher Václav Havel.
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Wednesday, May 7
American Innovations: Stories
(Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014)
The stories in this intensely imaginative collection have secret lives in conversation with earlier stories. In the tradition of considering Wallace Stevens's "Anecdote of the Jar" as a response to John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Galchen's "The Lost Order" covertly recapitulates James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while "The Region of Unlikeness" is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges's "The Aleph." The title story, "American Innovations," reimagines Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose."
Alternately realistic, fantastical, witty and lyrical, these are all deeply emotional tales, written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose and shadowed by the darkly marvellous and the marvellously uneasy.
RIVKA GALCHEN received her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, having spent a year in South America working on public health issues. Galchen completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she was a Robert Bingham Fellow. Her essay on the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics was published in The Believer, and she is the recipient of a 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Galchen lives in New York City. She is the author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances.
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Saturday, May 10
Art is a Problem:
Selected Criticism, Essays, Interviews
and Curatorial Projects (1986-2012)
(Jrp Ringier, 2014)
Joshua Decter—the writer, curator, theorist and art historian—will discuss art’s paradoxical condition: art problematizes, and is intrinsically a problem, which is the theme of his new volume of selected essays, interviews, curatorial texts, and reviews, spanning 1986-2012.
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Or, What's 'Contemporary' in
Museums of Contemporary Art?
(Walther Konig, Cologne, 2014)
With austerity cuts to public funding, many contemporary art museums have been forced to scale down their budgets, staff and acquisitions. In Radical Museology, New York-based art historian Claire Bishop discusses creative solutions implemented at museums such as the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía in Madrid and MSUM in Ljubljana.
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Saturday, May 31
in conversation with
Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook
(Independent Curators, 2014)
Edited by the artist himself, the Allen Ruppersberg Sourcebook: Reanimating the 20th Century is the first publication to look at the complete range of Ruppersberg's diverse practice from 1978 to 2012. It focuses on nine important projects from that period, and delves into the texts, images, films, records and historical moments that were particularly influential to the artist.
Drawing from the ephemera and pre-digital materials that sparked Ruppersberg's thinking behind each work, the Sourcebook offers an insight into the artist's interest in 20th century popular culture.
The introduction to the Sourcebook was written by CONSTANCE LEWALLEN, a curator and long-time colleague of the artist. This event brings the two together to discuss Ruppersberg's use of popular culture as source material, as well as the process of collaboration behind this publication. It is moderated by JAY SANDERS, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art.
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