A few suggestions for the literary inclinded this week:
Mechanics’ Institute: Tuesday, February 17 – 6 pm
Vikam Chandra in Conversation with Saikat Majumdar: The Enigma of Arrival : Modern India and Anglophone Literature
Stanford English Professor Saikat Majumdar who lectures on Anglophone Literature will be in conversation with Vikram Chandra, author of Sacred Games, one of India’s foremost novelists. With India’s rising achievement and prosperity in the realms of economics, technology, and culture — is it possible to see the phenomenon of Anglophone Indian literature as separate from the rapid growth that currently engulfs this nation? What is gained and lost when an art form is closely webbed to the tropes of progress in the national and global public spheres?
A Great Good Place for Books: Thursday, February 19 – 7 pm
Kim Addonizio, Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
“Poetry is not a means to an end,” Kim Addonizio maintains, “but a continuing engagement with being alive.”
Inspired by the gratifying success of Companion, Kim Addonizio presents exciting new insights into the creative process, craft, and the lessons of her own creative subjects–love, loss, identity, community–are here, along with a heady variety of writing exercises (and innovative ways to use the Internet). Chapters on gender, race, and class challenge readers to explore their creative vision more deeply, Addonizio, hailed for her passionate, award-winning poetry, shares her breakthroughs and frustrations frankly, including samples of rejection slips. She offers not only encouragement but also a wealth of knowledge about form and structure, metaphor and rhythm, revision, and that elusive goal: publishing.
Book Passage (Corte Madera): Saturday, February 21 – 7 pm
Charles Bock, Beautiful Children
Charles Bock talks about his novel Beautiful Children. One Saturday night in Las Vegas, 12-year-old Newell Ewing goes out with a friend and doesn’t come home. As the boy’s distraught parents navigate the mystery of what’s become of their son, the circumstances surrounding Newell’s vanishing and other events on that night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers.