5.19.09, 7pm — Donald Breckenridge, with Lewis Warsh and Susan Daitch

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
7:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, NYC

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DONALD BRECKENRIDGE is the fiction editor of The Brooklyn Rail and the editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006). He is also the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998) and the novel 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). His second novel, Arabesques for Sauquoit is forthcoming from Autonomedia, and this third novel, You Are Here, from which he’ll be reading, is published by Starcherone.

You Are Here is part Fassbinder anti-theatre, part cheap heartbreak à la Brenda Starr, part intertextual hall of mirrors. Donald Breckenridge’s stunning prose spins into life a world of ideas and art—which nevertheless can come to a dead halt in a heartbeat.

“Breckenridge, a playwright, here turns the novel [6/2/95] into a dramatic form. Fifteen characters—among them a painter, a Salvadoran immigrant, an alcoholic, a single mother, and an unemployed writer—travel through New York City on a single day in 1995. As they pass each other on the street, speak on the phone, make love, argue, cheat, and stand each other up, their paths intersect or narrowly miss in a finely choreographed Altmanesque dance. Breckenridge’s paragraphless, interlocked text is at times brilliant, at times confusing, but always surprising, and his bumbling, struggling New York is one we can all recognize.”
The New Yorker

with special guests

LEWIS WARSH is the author of numerous books of poetry and works of fiction such as Agnes & Sally, A Free Man, and Money Under the Table, The Origin of the World, Touch of the Whip, Debtor’s Prison (in collaboration with Julie Harrison), and Ted’s Favorite Skirt. With Anne Waldman he coedited The Angel Hair Anthology. Warsh is editor and publisher of United Artists Books and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

“The unobtrusive powers of this extraordinary writer make a cautionary tale of all too familiar real lives. Meshed in a web of deadpan cliche, this world is forever all dressed up with no place to go. Mr. Warsh should be our next President. He really knows the People.”
—Robert Creeley

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SUSAN DAITCH is the author of three works of fiction and her work was the subject of a recent issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Her short fiction has been included in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Fiction, Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The Brooklyn Rail, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Ploughshares, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Her work has been the recipient of a Vogelstein, a semifinalist for a Creative Capital grant, and the Donald Barthelme Prize. She teaches at Hunter College.

“It’s always a delight to discover a voice as original as Susan Daitch’s”
—Salman Rushdie

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9.5.08, 7 p.m. — Diane Williams and Christine Schutt

 

Please join PAGE in welcoming
two brilliant writers
to start off the new season!

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DIANE WILLIAMS
will be reading from new and recent work,
including It Was Like My Trying to Have a
Tender-Hearted Nature: A Novella and Stories

(Fiction Collective 2)

and

CHRISTINE SCHUTT
will be reading from All Souls
(Harcourt)

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Friday, September 5, 2008
7:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, NYC

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6.19.08, 7 p.m. — Eugene Drucker

Please join PAGE in the last reading
of
the 2007–08 season,
honoring the best of
literature and music
with Eugene Drucker.

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Violinist for the glorious Emerson String Quartet, Eugene Drucker makes his debut as a novelist with The Savior, the story of a non-Jewish violinist forced to play for the inmates of a Nazi concentration camp. Drucker will accompany his reading by playing music found in the novel—Bach’s “Chaconne” from the Partita in D minor for solo violin. A reception and book signing will follow.

Beautifully conceived and gracefully written, The Savior is a complex and illuminating character study of a man severed from his past expectations and an artist struggling with his identity in the face of human catastrophe.

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PRAISE FOR EUGENE DRUCKER AND
THE SAVIOR

“One of our finest musicians has now distinguished himself in this graceful work of fiction. Eugene Drucker has created a poignant tale of heartbreaking paradoxes and one man’s efforts to solve them through art in the darkest of times.”
—Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and author of The History of Listening

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“With The Savior, Eugene Drucker has written an elegant, smart, and knowing novel that delves into darkness and explores its many shades.”
—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Position and Surrender, Dorothy

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“Eugene Drucker brings a musician’s understanding of tempo, tone, and interpretation to this book. He’s an artist in two fields; maybe more.”
—Paul Newman

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“Violinist for the magnificent Emerson String Quartet, whose interpretations of Beethoven and Shostakovich are unparalleled, Drucker has written a haunting novel of the waning days of WWII. When a Kommandant orders him to play the violin for an audience of near-death concentration camp detainees, young musician Gottfried Keller is forced to participate in a ghastly experiment with hope. Repelled, Gottfried reluctantly complies: ‘It would have been easier to face a row of corpses in a morgue.’ Over the four days he serves as camp musician, Gottfried reminisces about his treatment of his Jewish former girlfriend, Marietta, and of his Jewish schoolmate friend, Ernst, a violinist who fled as the Nazis took power. (Drucker’s own violinist father emigrated to the U.S. in 1938.) As the days wear on, Gottfried attempts to separate himself from the nightmare of the camp by trying not to comprehend what is taking place there, and it is here, Drucker intimates, that his culpability lies, especially as Gottfried begins to draw inspiration from his audience. Drucker writes lyrically about the music Gottfried plays (including Ysae’s ‘L’Aurore’), and his morality tale has bite.”
Publishers Weekly

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Thursday, June 19, 2008
7:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South, NYC

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