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« Tuesday September 06, 2011 »
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Start: 7:00 pm
St. Mark's Bookshop presents:A Book Launch for Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station (Coffee House Press) with special guest Justin Taylor (Gospel of Anarchy, Harper Collins)Tuesday, September 6th at 7PM The Reading Will Take Place At:St. Marks Bookshop31 Third Avenue (at 9th Street)New York, NY 10003Subway: 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street, L to 14th St/3rd AvenueThis is a Free Eventfor more information please visit the shop, call (212)260-7853 or email stmarksbooks@gmail.com Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. Leaving the Atocha Station is his first novel.“One of the most impressive things about Leaving the Atocha Station is Lerner’s depiction of what it’s like to be a young artist in the early 21st century, when technology mediates our experience to an unprecedented degree. . . . Everything in Leaving the Atocha Station—art, relationships, even disaster—is subject to mediation and manipulation: ‘You can see all this from a great height and zoom out until it is no longer visible or you can zoom in on the writing hand or the face of the dead, zoom in until it’s no longer a face. Or you can click on something and drag it. You can adjust the color or you can make it black-and-white.’ In the end, however, Adam’s narrative represents the profound possibilities of art and authenticity that elude him for much of the book. The result is a hilarious and insightful account of an artist’s development in the digital age.” - Electric LiteratureJustin Taylor edited the acclaimed short fiction anthology The Apocalypse Reader, and is the author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, a New York Times Editors' Choice.The Gospel of Anarchy is his first novel.“The Gospel of Anarchy is a beautiful, searching and sometimes brutally funny novel. Justin Taylor writes with fierce precision and perfect balance.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask
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