Spring is in full swing, and there's so much bookish news to share with you, we hardly know where to begin! First things first: on Tuesday, we published Crossing the Borders of Time, a memoir by Leslie Maitland. It's the story of her mother's family and their flight from Nazi Germany through France, Casablanca, and Cuba before finally settling in the United States, and at the heart of the book is the love story between Leslie's mother, Janine, and Roland, the fiance she left behind in France. In this issue, we're thrilled to feature a selection from Leslie's personal photo collection--including several exclusives--that provides a visual narrative of this incredible (and incredibly romantic) tale.
Want to hear more? Listen to Leslie discuss the book on the Diane Rehm Show (transcript and audio archive available), visit her new author Web site, connect on Facebook, or meet her in person at one of her upcoming events.
Speaking of events: two
of our favorite literary festivals--The Los Angeles Times Festival of
Books and the PEN World Voices Festival--both take place over the next
two weeks. We'll be at both, and hope you'll join us for one of our
author events. See below for details.
Emma Forrest, author of Your Voice in My Head (out in paperback in July) will discuss her book on the panel "Memoir: Over the Edge" along with Cheryl Strayed, Dinah Lenney, and Charles Shaw, moderated by Amy Wallen.
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Venue: Seeley G. Mudd (SGM 123)
For more information and the full schedule, visit the festival Web site.
PEN World Voices
Riikka Pulkkinen, author of True, and Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac's Omelette, will be participating in the PEN World Voices Festival in New York in May. Visit their Web site for schedule updates and more information. We hope to see you there!
A Literary Safari
Friday, May 4, 2012, check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.; readings from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Take an expedition to observe artists in their natural habitat as we take a rare peek inside Westbeth Center for the Arts, the city's oldest and largest artist community. Wander the hallways of this converted industrial space, map in hand, to find an entire evening's worth of literary events. Enjoy intimate readings by Festival participants inside the homes of famous Westbeth residents, and end the night hobnobbing over cocktails with your favorite authors at the event's closing party inside Westbeth's legendary gallery. With
Gabriela Adamesteanu, Giannina Braschi, Debby Dahl Edwardson, Wojciech
Jagielski, Etgar Keret, Elias Khoury, Karl O. Knausgaard, Ib Michael,
Riikka Pulkkinen, Julya Rabinowich, Victoria Redel, NoÃ«lle
Revaz, Fernando Savater, Peter Schneider, and Colson Whitehead.
Venue: Westbeth Center for the Arts, Westbeth Gallery, 57 Bethune St. or 155 Bank St.
Metamorphosis in the East Village
Saturday, May 5, 2012,
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
When change occurs, what does it leave in its wake? Where better to explore this question than in The Standard's new hotel--itself a symbol of the ever-changing East Village. Join John Haskell, Anka Muhlstein, and others as they discuss the metamorphoses of identity and ideology in their work, and in today's literary landscape. With Maud Casey, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Danielle Evans, John Haskell, Philip Levine, and Anka Muhlstein.
Venue: The Standard, East Village, 25 Cooper Sq., New York City
Messiah in Brooklyn
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
This event ties into Distorting (A Messiah Project, 13C), an art installation created by R. Justin Stewart and curated by Risa Shoup at The Invisible Dog Art Center. Writers will interact with a sculpture as they read about what we as humans are (or are not) perpetually waiting for. Jennifer Egan, Karl O. Knausgaard, Luc Sante, Riikka Pulkkinen, and others will be reading.