We’re celebrating innovative writing this month as BtB partners with Conjunctions Magazine editor Bradford Morrow to present a stellar night of fiction, poetry and more, on 11/12. Morrow read for our February reading series and, next Thursday, he returns with three of his Conjunctions writers Andrew Durbin, Paul la Farge, and Edie Meidav.
Join us on Thursday, November 12 from 7-9PM at KGB Bar and Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Andrew Durbin is the author of several chapbooks, including Reveler and Believers. His work has appeared in the BOMB, The Boston Review, Fence, Mousse, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. He co-edits Wonder and lives in New York.
Durbin’s Mature Themes is a hybrid text of poetry, art criticism, and memoir focused on the subject of disingenuity—and what constitutes “personal experience” both online and IRL when to “go deep” in a culture of so many unreliable communication technologies is to resend a text at 3 AM. Throughout the book, Durbin’s voice mutates into others in order to uncover the fading specters of meaning buried under the pristine surfaces of art and Hollywood, locating below them the other realities that structure our experience of both.
Paul La Farge is the author of three novels: The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney’s Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is presently (2013-14) a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
Luminous Airplanes is both a book and a hypertext. The book tells the story of a young man, now a computer programmer, and the house of relics and trash which he sorts through in the fall of 2000. The hypertext, or “immersive text,” as we’re calling it (hypertext got a bad name back in the 90s) both complements the novel and continues it into the present.
Edie Meidav is the author of The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon, Crawl Space, and Lola California. Recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Best Fiction by an American Woman, the Bard Fiction Prize and other citations, she teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program.
From The Daily: “The premise of Lola, California is simple: A man, Vic Mahler, has killed his wife. He is sentenced to death for his crime and languishes in Alcatraz, waiting for his estranged daughter, Lana, to pay him a visit, and maybe even forgive him. Meidav teases out this bare-bones plot into a dense, expertly organized tale with some enlightening things to say about friendship, love and parenthood in post-’60s America.”