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The Italian Red Brigades kidnap factory owners. A university threatens a group of students and faculty with more than a decade in jail following the closure of a campus bank. Twitter concedes to a subpoena of posts. Anarcho-punks find “four grab-n-go rotisserie chickens” in a Gainesville, Florida …
The Italian Red Brigades kidnap factory owners. A university threatens a group of students and faculty with more than a decade in jail following the closure of a campus bank. Twitter concedes to a subpoena of posts. Anarcho-punks find “four grab-n-go rotisserie chickens” in a Gainesville, Florida dumpster. Four writers whose lives and work intersect with radical politics assemble at Bookcourt.
Joshua Clover is a poet, scholar, and a professor at University of California Davis. Clover is the author of two books of cultural criticism, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About, which traces the year in music from the rise of the cassingle to the fall of the Berlin wall, and The Matrix, as well as two books of poems, The Totality for Kids and Madonna anno domini. His current and recent work, including the ongoing poetry collection Tranche/Syntagma, concerns militant politics and economic crisis. As part of ongoing anti-privatization protests, Clover and a group of students blockaded a branch of U.S. Bank for nearly two months until the branch closed. In legal dispute with the bank and anxious to foreclose further protest. the campus charged the protestors with crimes that carry a possible 11 years in jail. Their trial is scheduled for June.
Rachel Kushner's new novel, The Flamethrowers, accelerates through the Bonneville Salt Flats motorcycle land speed record competition, labor revolts of 1970s Italy, the remnants of lower East side anarchist street gang The Motherfuckers, and the power politics of the New York art scene. Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, Cabinet, and Grand Street.
Malcolm Harris is a writer and the senior editor at The New Inquiry, an online journal that has quickly gained wide following, an off-putting New York Times style section profile, and praise from Jonathan Lethem among others. Harris was arrested when Occupy Wall Street protestors crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and was at the center of a legal case over whether a search warrant was required in order for Twitter to release Harris' tweets. (Short answer: no) He was also responsible for pranking Occupy and the media with the rumor of a Radiohead performance at Liberty Plaza.
Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. With the poet Jeremy Schmall, he co-edits The Agriculture Reader, a limited-edition arts annual now in its sixth year. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute.
Join Biblioasis for the New York launch of Mia Couto’s The Tuner of Silences, recently hailed as “a true tour-de-force of modern African writing” (Words Without Borders) and “the biggest event in international literature this season” (L’Humanité). Couto, the first African author to receive the Latin…
Join Biblioasis for the New York launch of Mia Couto’s The Tuner of Silences, recently hailed as “a true
tour-de-force of modern African writing” (Words Without Borders) and “the biggest event in international
literature this season” (L’Humanité). Couto, the first African author to receive the Latin Union Award
of Romance Languages and the best-selling author of 25 books, has been translated into 20 languages
worldwide. The evening will feature a reading and signing as well as an on-stage interview.
“To understand what makes António “Mia” Emílio Leite Couto special—even extraordinary—we have
to loosen our grip on the binary that distinguishes between “the West” and “Africa." Couto is “white”
without not being African, and as an “African” writer he’s one of the most important figures in a global
Lusophone literature that stretches across three continents.”
—THE NEW INQUIRY, April 2013
ABOUT MIA COUTO
Mia Couto, born in Mozambique in 1955, dropped out of medical school in his teens to join the
struggle against Portuguese colonialism. When Mozambique became independent in 1975, Couto
was named Director of Information in the revolutionary government, and served as editor of two
newspapers. In the 1980s he returned to university to study environmental biology. Two of Couto’s
novels have been made into feature films and his books have been bestsellers in Africa, Europe and
South America. In 2002, a committee of African literary critics named his novel Sleepwalking Land one
of the twelve best African books of the twentieth century. His novels have been awarded major literary
prizes in Mozambique, Portugal, Brazil and Italy.
ABOUT ANDERSON TEPPER
Anderson Tepper is on the staff of Vanity Fair and has written on books and authors for a variety of
publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Words without Borders, and Paris
Review Daily. He is also on advisory committees for both the Brooklyn Book Festival’s international
stage and PEN World Voices, where he has moderated conversations with authors such as Nuruddin