We agree with critic Judith Kitchen, writing in The Georgia Review about Marvin Bell‘s latest book, his 23rd, Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems. She says, “I believe Marvin Bell’s Dead Man poems should close any anthology of the twentieth century and open any anthology of this new century’s work. They change the game.”Catherine Gammon‘s new novel, Sorrow, will be published in June by Braddock Avenue Books. Looking forward to a sneak peek!
Set your alarm: It’s been a decade since Allan Gurganus‘ last book, and September will mark the arrival of Local Souls, three linked, darkly funny novellas that take readers back to the setting of his acclaimed Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Allan has promised us an excerpt as we get closer to release, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you canpre-order here.
Apr 1 —Joy Harjo delivers the 2013 Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture and English Department Goldtrap Lecture at Iowa State University, Great Hall, Memorial Union, Ames, IA 8 pm.
Apr 20 — Leading New Zealand poet Bill Manhire introduces “a genre-busting session where his poems become stunningly beautiful songs” at Festival of Colour, with vocalist Hannah Griffin and Norman Meehan on piano. Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace, Wanaka, NZ 2 pm.
Apr 23 — Poor Jennie Fields, another benefit. This time for Room to Read in Paris, France. Tsk.
Apr 24 — Since she’s already there . . . Jennie joins an English-speaking book club to discuss her historical novel about Edith Wharton, The Age of Desire. Yes, alas, in Paris.
Apr 25 — And then Jennie reads at W.H. Smith in the City of Lights. Signing 6-7 pm, reading 7-8 pm.
Does it count as an April event if we depart this month for Eric Olsen to be featured presenter at the Willamette Writers Speakers Series? May 2, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 7 pm. His topic: “Pumping Irony: Pros on Prose (and Running).”