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Author reading + launch party of THE BOOK OF I

Nov 7, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free
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Join us in celebrating the release of The Book of I, a novel by Cuban-born author Jorge Armenteros.

The event will include readings by writers Courtney Gillette, Stephen de Jesus Frias, Jodi Sh. Doff, Dorothy Erickson, and Jorge Armenteros.

Visual artist Liselott Johnsson will present an art video produced for The Book of I.

The Velveteen Quartet will play live music composed originally for The Book of I by violinist/composer Sarah Wallin Huff.

The Book of I is the story of Teaston, a painter struggling with schizophrenia, who finds himself at the edge of a cliff, at the edge of his life. The novel explores our fragmented human nature through the distorted lens that Teaston provides. Some characters are undoubtedly real while others become figments of Teaston’s imagination, yet others defy authorial certitude by remaining in a sort of reality twilight. As metaphorical vehicles, the themes and characters in the novel raise questions about the nature of identity. And from under a chorus/amalgam of voices and delusions, Teaston raises to discover what it means to be a person, what makes us human.

The narrative is undoubtedly influenced by the formal spontaneity of Cortazar’s Hopscotch, the shifting levels of reality of Kafka’s The Trial, the iconoclastic characterization of Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, and the interiority and lyricism of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

“In this powerful novel, Jorge Armenteros takes us deep, deep and deeper still into the mind of a painter who has come to the edge of his cliff. The Book of I’s fierce, fresh language buoys us through the many-textured darkness, shoots the whole through with crucial light. Cortazar is an apt analog here. So is Artaud.”

—Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Details

Date:
Nov 7, 2014
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
http://www.jorgearmenteros.net/new-events/

Organizer

Mellow Pages

Venue

Mellow Pages
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States
+ Google Map
sparkling water

Join us in celebrating the release of The Book of I, a novel by Cuban-born author Jorge Armenteros.

The event will include readings by writers Courtney Gillette, Stephen de Jesus Frias, Jodi Sh. Doff, Dorothy Erickson, and Jorge Armenteros.

Visual artist Liselott Johnsson will present an art video produced for The Book of I.

The Velveteen Quartet will play live music composed originally for The Book of I by violinist/composer Sarah Wallin Huff.

The Book of I is the story of Teaston, a painter struggling with schizophrenia, who finds himself at the edge of a cliff, at the edge of his life. The novel explores our fragmented human nature through the distorted lens that Teaston provides. Some characters are undoubtedly real while others become figments of Teaston’s imagination, yet others defy authorial certitude by remaining in a sort of reality twilight. As metaphorical vehicles, the themes and characters in the novel raise questions about the nature of identity. And from under a chorus/amalgam of voices and delusions, Teaston raises to discover what it means to be a person, what makes us human.

The narrative is undoubtedly influenced by the formal spontaneity of Cortazar’s Hopscotch, the shifting levels of reality of Kafka’s The Trial, the iconoclastic characterization of Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, and the interiority and lyricism of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

“In this powerful novel, Jorge Armenteros takes us deep, deep and deeper still into the mind of a painter who has come to the edge of his cliff. The Book of I’s fierce, fresh language buoys us through the many-textured darkness, shoots the whole through with crucial light. Cortazar is an apt analog here. So is Artaud.”

—Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Details

Date:
Nov 7, 2014
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
http://www.jorgearmenteros.net/new-events/

Organizer

Mellow Pages

Venue

Mellow Pages
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206 United States
+ Google Map