1. 1. Charles Baxter w/ Martha Southgate
Friday, February 27, 7pm @ BookCourt
163 Court St., Brooklyn
From one of the great masters of the contemporary short story, here is an astonishing collection that showcases Charles Baxter’s unique ability to unveil the remarkable in the seemingly inconsequential moments of an eerie yet familiar life. In conversation with Martha Southgate.
Friday, February 27, 9pm
STORYLINK is an exclusive graduate student networking event to connect writers (screenwriters, playwrights, fiction writers & journalists) and directors (theater & film) to spark collaborations on stories that can become scripts, plays or films. In addition, musicians and artists who are looking to compose scores and design for film/theater are invited to attend.
There is tremendous talent spread through multiple departments at Columbia, and we hope that this event can bring students together and foster long-lasting collaborations both within and also outside the scope of the coursework of each discipline.
3. Claudia Rankine & Elizabeth Alexander: Readings & Conversation
Saturday, February 28, 7pm @ McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.
Join acclaimed poets Claudia Rankine and Elizabeth Alexander for readings from their newest works, Rankine's CITIZEN, and Alexander's memoir, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Readings will be followed by a conversation about Rankine's CITIZEN, a meditation on the internalized discrimination that survives in a “post-race” society.
4. Reading: Greg Baxter
Monday, March 2, 7pm @ The Half King
505 W. 23rd St.
Greg Baxter's bold, mesmeric novel tells the story of these three people over the course of three weeks, as they wait for Miriam's body to be released, grieve over her incomprehensible death, and try to possess a share of her suffering--and her yearning and grace.
With prose that is tense, precise, and at times highly lyrical, MUNICH AIRPORT is a novel for our time, a work of richness, gravity, and even dark humor. Following his acclaimed American debut, MUNICH AIRPORT marks the establishment of Greg Baxter as an important new voice in literature, one who has already drawn comparisons to masters such as
5. Your Language—My Ear: Russian and American Poets at Close Quarters
Tuesday, March 3, 6:15pm @ International Affairs Building
A bilingual reading in Russian and English of poetry, with discussion to follow, by four leading Russian poets from points across the geography of the Russian-Speaking world, including Shamshad Abdullaev (Fergana, Uzbekistan), Keti Chukhrov (Moscow), Alexandra Petrova (Rome), and Alexander Skidan (St. Petersburg). The poets will be joined by poet/translators Julia Dasbach (Philadelphia), Kevin M. F. Platt (Philadelphia), Alexandra Tatarsky (New York; Philadelphia) and Matvei Yankelevich (New York).
6. Conversations on Practice: Glenn Kurtz in Conversation with Meghan Daum
Tuesday, March 3, 7pm @ McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.
Hosted by author and musician Glenn Kurtz, Conversations on Practice is an ongoing series which focuses on artists’ craft, development, and how they go about their daily work. This month’s installment will feature Meghan Daum, whose new essay collection THE UNSPEAKABLE Geoff Dyer describes as “funny, clever, and moving (often at the same time), never more universal than in its most personal moments (in other words, throughout), and written with enviable subtlety, precision, and spring.”