Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event: Book Launch & Tribute: A Colossal Wreck by Alexander Cockburn, with Laura Flanders, Daisy Cockburn, Laura Flanders, Andrew Cockburn, Doug Henwood, and Connor Kilpatrick
About The First Affair: Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other …
About The First Affair:
Jamie McAlister has resigned herself to the fact that in this job market, her painfully expensive degree might only get her a position at Starbucks, when she suddenly lands a prestigious internship at the White House. Although she doesn’t hit it off with the other interns—lockjaws who come from so much money that ten weeks without a paycheck doesn’t faze them—she is eager to work hard and make the best of the opportunity while it lasts.
An unexpected encounter late one evening with the charismatic President Gregory Rutland seems like just a fleeting flirtation, but when he orchestrates clandestine meetings and late-night phone calls, their relationship quickly escalates. Jamie knows what she is doing is wrong: he’s married, he has kids, he’s the President. Yet each time she tries to extricate herself, Greg pulls her back in.
With the conflicted desires of the most powerful man in the world driving her to her breaking point, Jamie can’t help but divulge intimate details to those closest to her. But she must have confided in the wrong person, because she soon finds herself, and everyone she cares about, facing calculated public destruction at the hands of Greg’s political enemies, and—perhaps no matter how much he cares about her—at the hands of Greg himself.
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries, Citizen Girl, Dedication, Nanny Returns, and their young adult novels, The Real Real and Over You. They work together in New York City.
About Margot: Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten. In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the …
Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten.
In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind.
Margie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie’s carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained her during the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history.
Jillian Cantor has a B.A. in English from Penn State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona, where she was also a recipient of the national Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. The author of several books for teens and adults, she grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
In ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan sifts through centuries of mythmaking and sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he …
In ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan sifts through centuries of mythmaking and sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews.
Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction: a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.
Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel.
Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Born in Iran, he lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
About Two of a Kind: Ten years after losing her husband, Christina Connelly has worked through the pain, focusing on raising her teenage daughter and managing her small decorating business. But her romantic life has never recovered. Still, it’s irksome to be set up with arrogant, if handsome, …
About Two of a Kind:
Ten years after losing her husband, Christina Connelly has worked through the pain, focusing on raising her teenage daughter and managing her small decorating business. But her romantic life has never recovered. Still, it’s irksome to be set up with arrogant, if handsome, doctor Andy Stern at her friend’s wedding. If he wasn’t also a potential client, needing his Upper East Side apartment redesigned, she would write him off.
This is never going to work, Andy thinks. Still grieving his wife and struggling with a troubled son, he’s not looking for a woman, and certainly not someone as frosty and reserved as Christina. Their relationship will be strictly business. Yet to everyone’s surprise—including their own—these two find themselves falling in love.
But if reconciling with their pasts is difficult, blending their lives and children to create a new family is nearly impossible. They’ve been given a second chance but can they overcome all the obstacles in the way of happily ever after?
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of the novels A Wedding in Great Neck, Breaking the Bank, In Dahlia's Wake, and The Four Temperaments, as well as nineteen books for children. She is also the editor of two essay collections and is the Fiction Editor at Lilith magazine. Her award-winning short fiction, articles, and essays have been published in anthologies and in numerous national magazines and newspapers.
Brooklyn literary luminary Jonathan Lethem—a MacArthur fellow and the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Chronic City, Motherless Brooklyn, and The Fortress of Solitude—comes to BAM for an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. …
Brooklyn literary luminary Jonathan Lethem—a MacArthur fellow and the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Chronic City, Motherless Brooklyn, and The Fortress of Solitude—comes to BAM for an exclusive event to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, Dissident Gardens.
Lethem’s masterful new work chronicles the radical foibles, both personal and political, of a mother and daughter in Sunnyside, Queens. Deftly navigating the family’s tumultuous history through McCarthyism, civil rights, and 70s Aquarian culture, and right up to the present day with the Occupy movement, Lethem paints a vivid portrait of flawed American utopic idealism, shimmering with sensitivity and warmth.
Dissident Gardens is slated for release September 10. By purchasing a ticket and book together, you’re securing a copy the day it’s released. Your book (retail value $27.95) is included in the special ticket price of $40, and will be signed by the author following an evening of discussion and Q&A moderated by Laura Miller.
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the co-creators of the highly influential, Emmy-nominated HBO sketch program Mr. Show, will discuss their collection of never-before-seen scripts, storyboards and unaired sketches with co-star and co-writer Brian Posehn. Tickets are $8 and can be applied as credit towards…
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the co-creators of the highly influential, Emmy-nominated HBO sketch program Mr. Show, will discuss their collection of never-before-seen scripts, storyboards and unaired sketches with co-star and co-writer Brian Posehn. Tickets are $8 and can be applied as credit towards the purchase of a copy of the book.
About HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!:
This fall, Bob & David are finally back together after all these years (and embarking on their first official tour together since a sold-out national tour in 2002 following the end of Mr. Show, their highly influential, Emmy-nominated HBO sketch program) with a collection of never-before-seen scripts that were so funny they made Hollywood wet its ninny-pants. HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! reveals the amazing full-length scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and Hooray For America!: a satirical power-house indictment of all that you hold dear.
And there’s more! HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! will also include a section of “constructive” notes written by a “studio executive,” a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, suitable for performance by church groups that aren’t all “koo-koo” about religion. And last but not least (well, possibly least), Bob & David provide a section of reminiscences to add context and back story on what went right and what went wrong. For the first time ever, take a peek at the scripts that didn’t get the green light from Hollywood and ponder a world we can only dream about.
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created, wrote and starred in the highly influential, Emmy-nominated sketch program, Mr. Show, which aired for four seasons on HBO from 1995 to 1998.
Bob Odenkirk is an actor, writer, film director and comedian who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show, amongst others. He writes humor pieces for The New Yorker and is currently starring on the Emmy award-winning show Breaking Bad.
David Cross is an actor, writer and comedian known for his stand-up comedy as well as roles in film and television, including the character of Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development. David wrote, produced, directed and starred in the acclaimed IFC show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of I Drink for a Reason.
Brian Posehn has most recently been seen on Comedy Central’s popular show, The Sarah Silverman Program and on tour as one of the original members of the “Comedians of Comedy.” Besides writing and performing on HBO’s acclaimed Mr. Show, he has appeared in sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Friends.
This event will be held in the Reverend Elsie Smith Room. Discussing the novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz. This discussion series will highlight novels and short stories featuring recent books by some of the many voices of the African Diaspora. Discussions will be led by …
This event will be held in the Reverend Elsie Smith Room.
Discussing the novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz. This discussion series will highlight novels and short stories featuring recent books by some of the many voices of the African Diaspora. Discussions will be led by Martha Southgate, author of "The Taste of Salt".
About Tinderbox: When you invite a stranger into your home, you never know who’s really coming in . . . Myra is a Manhattan psychotherapist. A quick study and an excellent judge of character, she thinks she knows what she’s getting when she hires a nanny—it’s her job, after all, to analyze…
When you invite a stranger into your home, you never know who’s really coming in . . .
Myra is a Manhattan psychotherapist. A quick study and an excellent judge of character, she thinks she knows what she’s getting when she hires a nanny—it’s her job, after all, to analyze people. Her phobia-addled son has just moved back in with his wife and child, and the new nanny, Eva, seems like a perfect addition: she cleans like a demon and irons like a dream, and she forms an immediate bond with Myra’s grandson.
But as Eva, a Peruvian immigrant, reveals more of herself, what seemed a felicitous arrangement turns ominous. She racks the household with screams from a night terror. She spits in her hands to ward off evil spirits. Then, one afternoon, she settles into Myra’s patient chair and begins to expose the secrets of her past. Their relationship slowly and inexorably becomes too close, too dependent, and, ultimately, terrifyingly destructive. As events spiral out of Myra’s control, she learns that even a family as close-knit as her own can have plenty to hide.
In the rich tradition of Lionel Shriver, Jane Hamilton, and Anne Tyler, the psychoanalyst and novelist Lisa Gornick tells us a story about the tragedy of good intentions. Tinderbox spins a suspenseful mystery of hidden traumas. It’s a searingly perceptive, deeply honest novel about families and secrets, and power, and love.
Lisa Gornick is the author of A Private Sorcery, a novel. Her stories have appeared in Agni, Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Slice, and other journals; have received awards, including Best American Short Stories Distinguished Story of the year; and have been named a finalist in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and a winner of the Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest. Her essays have been published in The Huffington Post, The Sun, and various psychoanalytic journals. She has a BS from Princeton, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale, and is a graduate of the writing program at New York University and the psychoanalytic training program at Columbia, where she is currently on the faculty.
This book will prove to be a template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, for years to come. Tales Of The San Francisco Cacophony Society is a retelling in period images and words of the history of the most influential underground cabal that you have …
This book will prove to be a template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, for years to come. Tales Of The San Francisco Cacophony Society is a retelling in period images and words of the history of the most influential underground cabal that you have never heard of. Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, The Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, and influenced much of what was once called the underground. Flash Mobs, Urban Exploration, and Culture Jamming are a few of the pop culture trends that Cacophony helped kick off. Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, Burning Man and Internet social networking powerhouse Laughing Squid were informed and inspired by Cacophony. The Burning Man Festival actually began as a Cacophony event as did the annual, and now world-wide SantaCon. Cacophony events could range from something as simple as climbing the Golden Gate Bridge or having a discussion over drinks about a movie seen together, to something as elaborate as The Atomic Café - an event involving a hundred bedraggled "nuclear holocaust Survivors” mounting elaborate costumed rituals throughout the bowels of a massive abandoned tooth paste factory. Yes…. Cacophony was that strange. Cacophony's heyday was concurrent with the rise of the internet. The story of this group is of historical significance for this reason. Information about upcoming pranks, street theater and other events hosted by Cacophony was spread by paper flyers posted on telephone poles and left in coffee shops, by the Societies mailer "Rough Draft” and by word of mouth. Then, with the genesis of personal computing and social networking, the jokers, artists and troublemakers of Cacophony were among some of the first non-geeks to explore the power of this new and world changing way of communicating. Burning Man, Urban Exploration, flash mobs and the like were avenues of creativity with their roots in Cacophony, that spread like wildfire through the mechanism of these new communication technologies. This book is a large format, full color, hardbound homage to this protean group. Tales of San Francisco Cacophony is replete with original art, never before published photographs, original documents, incredulous news accounts and is beautifully laid out by Carrie Galbraith with color illustrations by Kevin Evans and end plates by noted artist and Cacophonist Winston Smith.
Explore dark and twisted crime fiction of the kitchen. In her anthology, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, editor Sarah Weinman has collected 14 stories by women who pioneered the spine-tingling genre of domestic suspense. In conversation with …
Explore dark and twisted crime fiction of the kitchen. In her anthology, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, editor Sarah Weinman has collected 14 stories by women who pioneered the spine-tingling genre of domestic suspense. In conversation with Hilary Davidson, author of Evil in All its Disguises.
D.T. Max, author of the acclaimed David Foster Wallace bio Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, discusses writing the lives of others with fellow biographer Blake Bailey (Farther and Wilder). About EVERY LOVE STORY IS A GHOST STORY: David Foster Wallace was one of the most innovative and influential…
D.T. Max, author of the acclaimed David Foster Wallace bio Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, discusses writing the lives of others with fellow biographer Blake Bailey (Farther and Wilder).
About EVERY LOVE STORY IS A GHOST STORY:
David Foster Wallace was one of the most innovative and influential authors of the last twenty-five years, a writer whose distinctive style and example not only changed the way a generation wrote but also how it lived. What draws so many people to this gifted, passionate, and conflicted writer, and to his work? In one of the most talked about and praised books of 2012 and coming out in paperback this September, EVERY LOVE STORY IS A GHOST STORY: A Life of David Foster Wallace, D.T. Max captures Wallace’s compelling and turbulent voyage through life – his genius, his struggle to find comfort and meaning in a difficult world, his anxiety and loneliness – as well as why he mattered as a writer and what he tried to teach us.
Drawing on interviews with more than a hundred individuals, including Wallace’s wife and other members of his family, literary friends, and old lovers, and with access to Wallace’s unpublished letters and manuscripts, many in private hands, Max charts how Wallace came to be the person and the writer that he was. He takes us from Wallace’s youth in the Midwest in the 1970s to his hot-house success in his twenties and subsequent collapse into depression and drugs, and from there through his painful reemergence as an apostle of recovery, ending with his triumphal novel of addiction and redemption, Infinite Jest, published when he was just thirty-three, and his subsequent struggle to surpass that novel.
Max engages critically with the entire range of Wallace’s writing, including his short story collections and his popular nonfiction, showing the intimate connection between his life and his work. Perhaps most importantly, Max looks at how Wallace was able to find meaning in a disorienting, distressing time, fighting his way to authenticity and sincerity and a belief that fiction could illuminate the possibilities of being alive in the world.
D.T. Max, one of the premier literary journalists of our time, has written this insightful and fascinating portrait of David Foster Wallace with great sympathy, understanding, and affection. The book is generous and well-balanced, full of elegant writing and deep, strong reporting. As Dave Eggers has said, “We should feel grateful that this story was told by someone as talented and responsible as D.T. Max.”
About FARTHER AND WILDER:
From the prizewinning biographer of Richard Yates and John Cheever, here is the fascinating biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend-a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America, and what one had to do with the other.
Charles Jackson’s novel The Lost Weekend-the story of five disastrous days in the life of alcoholic Don Birnam-was published in 1944 to triumphant success. Within five years it had sold nearly half a million copies in various editions, and was added to the prestigious Modern Library. The actor Ray Milland, who would win an Oscar for his portrayal of Birnam, was coached in the ways of drunkenness by the novel’s author-a balding, impeccably groomed middle-aged man who had been sober since 1936 and had no intention of going down in history as the author of a thinly veiled autobiography about a crypto-homosexual drunk. But The Lost Weekend was all but entirely based on Jackson’s own experiences, and Jackson’s valiant struggles fill these pages. He and his handsome gay brother, Fred (“Boom”), grew up in the scandal-plagued village of Newark, New York, and later lived in Europe as TB patients, consorting with aristocratic café society. Jackson went on to work in radio and Hollywood, was published widely, lived in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, and knew everyone from Judy Garland and Billy Wilder to Thomas Mann and Mary McCarthy. A doting family man with two daughters, Jackson was often industrious and sober; he even became a celebrated spokesman for Alcoholics Anonymous. Yet he ultimately found it nearly impossible to write without the stimulus of pills or alcohol and felt his devotion to his work was worth the price. Rich with incident and character, Farther & Wilder is the moving story of an artist whose commitment to bringing forbidden subjects into the popular discourse was far ahead of his time.
About the Authors:
D.T. Max is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker and has worked as a journalist and editor at publications ranging from The New York Observer to Elle. He is the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: Medical Mystery. Max’s long essay on David Foster Wallace, “The Unfinished: David Foster Wallace’s struggle to Surpass Infinite Jest,” was published in the March 9, 2009 issue of The New Yorker to wide acclaim. He is a graduate of Harvard University and lives outside of New York City with his wife and two young children.
Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson, and he is at work on the authorized biography of Philip Roth. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Parkman Prize; and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Virginia, where he is the Mina Hohenberg Darden Professor of Creative Writing at Old Dominion University.
Come out to hear new work from two of the best small poetry presses around, as we celebrate the release of Jackson Heights author DJ Dolack's first collection of poems, Whittling a New Face in the Dark. Danniel Schoonebeek (American Barricade, Yes Yes Books, 2014) and Lynn Melnick (If I Should Say …
Come out to hear new work from two of the best small poetry presses around, as we celebrate the release of Jackson Heights author DJ Dolack's first collection of poems, Whittling a New Face in the Dark. Danniel Schoonebeek (American Barricade, Yes Yes Books, 2014) and Lynn Melnick (If I Should Say I Have Hope, Yes Yes Books, 2012) will help DJ welcome the new book into the world with readings of their own. The evening will feature giveaways, live soul singers, damn fine poems, and free beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
Please join us on September 12 for a multi-faceted event for the release of The Accidental Playground, a great new book by Daniel Campo (Fordham University Press). Since the book is a celebration of the open waterfront before it became formalized as the East River State Park, Daniel will give a tour…
Please join us on September 12 for a multi-faceted event for the release of The Accidental Playground, a great new book by Daniel Campo (Fordham University Press). Since the book is a celebration of the open waterfront before it became formalized as the East River State Park, Daniel will give a tour of the park beginning at 6:30. Please meet at the Kent Avenue entrance. Afterward we will walk the few blocks to Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers where guests can peruse Daniel’s book and view a slide presentation he has prepared. Wine and cheese will be served.
Thursday, September 12
6:30 pm: meet at Kent Ave and N. 8th Street entrance of East River State Park
7:30 pm: slideshow and booksigning at Spoonbill & Sugartown Books
The Accidental Playground explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT), others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming it into a unique venue for leisure, creative, and everyday practices. These occupiers and do-it-yourself builders created their own waterfront parks and civic spaces absent every resource needed for successful urban development, including plans, designs, capital, professional assistance, consensus, and permission from the waterfront’s owners. Amid trash, ruins, weeds, homeless encampments, and the operation of an active garbage transfer station, they inadvertently created the “Brooklyn Riviera” and made this waterfront a destination that offered much more than its panoramic vistas of the Manhattan skyline. The terminal evolved into the home turf for unusual and sometimes spectacular recreational, social, and creative subcultures, including the skateboarders who built a short-lived but nationally renowned skatepark, a twenty-five-piece “public” marching band, fire performance troupes, artists, photographers, and filmmakers. At the same time it served the basic recreational needs of local residents. Collapsing piers became great places to catch fish, sunbathe, or take in the views; the foundation of a demolished warehouse became an ideal place to picnic, practice music, or do an art project; rubble-strewn earth became a compelling setting for film and fashion shoots; a broken bulkhead became a beach; and thick patches of weeds dotted by ailanthus trees became a jungle. These reclamations, all but ignored by city and state governments and property interests that were set to transform this waterfront, momentarily added to the distinctive cultural landscape of the city’s most bohemian and rapidly changing neighborhood.
The Bridge Series in collaboration with Ugly Duckling Presse presents a night of tooth-shattering Russian translation. Featuring Bela Shayevich and Ainsley Morse (pictured above) (reading from their incredible new translation, I Live I See by Vsevolod Nekrasov) Genya Turovskaya (co-translator of…
The Bridge Series in collaboration with Ugly Duckling Presse presents a night of tooth-shattering Russian translation.
Bela Shayevich and Ainsley Morse (pictured above)
(reading from their incredible new translation, I Live I See by Vsevolod Nekrasov)
(co-translator of The Russian Version by Elena Fanailova, winner of the 2010 Best Translated Book Award)
(co-translator of It’s No Good by Kirill Medvedev)
and the translation collective CEMENT: Marijeta Bozovic, Maksim Hanukai, Roman Utkin, Katherine Mansfield Holt
More about our readers:
Ainsley Morse has been translating 20th- and 21st-century Russian and (former-) Yugoslav literature since 2006. A longtime student of both literatures, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Slavic literatures at Harvard University. Recent publications include Andrei Sen-Senkov’s Anatomical Theater (translated with Peter Golub, Zephyr Press, 2013). Ongoing translation projects include prose works by Georgii Ball and Viktor Ivaniv and polemical essays by the great Yugoslav writer Miroslav Krle¸a.
Bela Shayevich is a writer, translator, and illustrator living in Chicago. Her translations have appeared in It’s No Good by Kirill Medvedev (UDP/n+1, 2012) and various periodicals including Little Star, St. Petersburg Review, and Calque. She was the editor of n+1 magazine’s translations of the Pussy Riot closing statements.
Genya Turovskaya’s original poetry and translations from Russian have appeared inChicago Review, Conjunctions, A Public Space, 6×6, Aufgabe, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Jacket, and other publications. She is the author of the chapbooks, Calendar, The Tides, and New Year’s Day. She is the co-translator of two books of poetry, Red Shifting by Aleksandr Skidan (2008) and The Russian Version by Elena Fanailova (2010), both published by UDP. She is also an associate editor of the Eastern European Poets Series at UDP.
Keith Gessen is a novelist, critic, translator, and one of the founding editors of n + 1. He is the author of the novel All the Sad Young Literary Men (Viking, 2008). His translations include Voices from Chernobyl (Dalkey, 2005), Lyudmila Petrushevskaya’sThere Once Lived A Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby (co-translated with Anna Summers, Penguin, 2009), and Kirill Medvedev’s It’s No Good (co-translated with Mark Krotov, Cory Merrill, and Bela Shayevich).
Cement is a translation collective of young writers and academics specializing in Russian and other Slavic languages, and interested in the cultural legacies of the Second World. Loosely formed in 2012, the group has focused mostly on poetry and politics. Members choose a text, find partners, and work collectively to translate and edit work that would be otherwise unavailable and often too long and daunting to handle alone. The translators of Cement have worked on the closing statements of the Pussy Riot trial (published with n+1: http://nplusonemag.com/pussy-riot-closing-statements); documents and public letters for the Russian Socialist Movement (RSD); and poetry from Mayakovsky to the recent issue of the St. Petersburg journal Translit.
The group grows and changes with each project, but the founding members are Marijeta Bozovic, Rossen Djagalov, Maksim Hanukai, Katharine Holt, Ainsley Morse, and Roman Utkin. Their work is available online at http://cementcollective.com/.
Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit art and publishing organization whose mission is to produce artisanal and trade editions of new poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. With a volunteer editorial collective of artists and writers at its heart, UDP grew out of a 1990s zine into a Brooklyn-based small press that has published more than 200 titles to date, with an editorial office and letterpress workshop in the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus. UDP favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking. Its website is: http://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/