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Michael Kimmelman reads at Russell House

kimmelmanElizabeth Cettina ’18 writes in:

Award-winning author and critic Michael Kimmelman, who has been described as “the most acute American art critic of his generation,” will read from his work on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Kimmelman is the architecture critic for The New York Times and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books who writes on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development, and social responsibility. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is the author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Times and The Washington Post. His most recent book, The Accidental Masterpiece, which Time magazine described as “transcendent,” was a New York Times bestseller.

Date: Thursday, April 7
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Russell House

More info about Kimmelman after the cut.

Elif Batuman Reads at Russell House

_MG_9701.CR2Sophia Franchi ’15 writes in:

Award-winning author Elif Batuman is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. The New York Times Book Review described The Possessed as “hilarious, wide-ranging, erudite, and memorable…a sui generis feast for the mind and fancy.”

Her work has appeared in the 2014 Best American Travel Writing and the 2010 Best American Essays collections. She has received several awards, including a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, and the Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor. Recently writer-in-residence at Koç University in Istanbul, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or click here.

Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

Tracy K. Smith Reads at the Chapel

tracy k smithSophia Franchi ‘GRAD writes in:

Award-winning poet and memoirist Tracy K. Smith will read from her work on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 8:00 P.M. in Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High St, Middletown, CT.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction and was selected as a Notable Book by The New York Times and The Washington Post. She has also written three acclaimed books of poetry: Duende, The Body’s Question, and Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Her other honors include a Whiting Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the James Laughlin Award, and the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is currently the director of Princeton University’s creative writing program.

At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, Smith’s poems speak to the role of art and to the conception of what it means to be American. “In Life on Mars, Smith shows herself to be a poet of extraordinary range and ambition,” says The New York Times Book Review. “. . . As all the best poetry does, Life on Mars first sends us out into the magnificent chill of the imagination and then returns us to ourselves, both changed and consoled.”

Booklist calls Ordinary Light “a gracefully nuanced yet strikingly candid memoir about family, faith, race, and literature” and praises Smith for her ability to “hold our intellectual and emotional attention ever so tightly as she charts her evolving thoughts on the divides between races, generations, economic classes, religion and science.’” BBC’s Between the Lines says, “Ordinary Light is a lament, an homage, a discovery, a blessing.”

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

Eduardo C. Corral Reads at Russell House

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From Sophia Franchi GRAD:

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His other honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in publications including Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Northwest. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he is currently the

Described by Junot Díaz as “wise and immense,” Slow Lightning invokes the work of Federico García Lorca, Félix González Torres, Robert Hayden, and Gloria Anzaldúa. The collection was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the Kenyon Review called it an exploration of “the shadowy borderlands of both gay and Chicano identity.” With Corral’s poems, writes Carl Phillips, “we can make of what would blind us a conduit for changed vision.”at North Carolina State University.Writer-in-Residence at
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Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents

Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 8 PM
Place: Russell House, 350 High Street
Cost: Free

Daniel Handler ’92 Reads at Russell House

daniel-handler-photo-updatedFrom the folks at the Russell House Series:

Bestselling author Daniel Handler will read from his new work on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT. This event is free and open to the public, no tickets required. A book signing will follow the reading and books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Daniel Handler’s newest novel is the highly-anticipated We Are Pirates, which Bloomsbury will publish in February 2015 and Neil Gaiman describes as “honest and funny, dark and painful.” He is also the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your MouthAdverbs, and, with Maira Kalman, Why We Broke Up, which won the Michael J. Printz Honor. His criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Believer.

As Lemony Snicket, he has written the best-selling series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies. Snicket is also the creator of several picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Award–winning The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen, and 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy, illustrated by Lisa Brown.

Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel