“Annie’s adventures as a Bronx-born tomboy are one-of-a-kind. The writing is exuberant and lyrical; the characterization masterful. Told with pathos, wit, and unflagging energy. If you’re looking for a memoir in high-definition surround sound, look no further.” Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger,Tiger: A Memoir "The Anarchist Bastard is eye-opening — vibrant, original, and deep in what it has to say about ancient tradition and its life in America. It did what the best writing does — it made me see the world differently. A beautiful book." Joan Silber, author of Ideas of heavenAnnie Rachele Lanzillotto is a New York poet and performance artist, author of the book of poetry, Schistsong, and vocalist/songwriter of the albums Blue Pill, Carry My Coffee, and Eleven Recitations. Lanzillotto teaches solo performance to The Apprentice Company at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Joanna Clapps Herman's collection of short stories, No Longer and Not Yet, will be published by SUNY Press. Her memoir, The Anarchist Bastard begins, "I often say that I was born in 1944 but raised in the 15th Century because although I was born in Waterbury, CT, in a New England factory town, in post-WWII, I grew up in a large southern Italian family where the rules were absolute, and customs antiquated." She is co-editor of two anthologies: Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana, and of Our Roots Are Deep with Passion. She has published extensively in three forms: fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. She loves teaching and considers it an art form as central to her life as reading and writing.
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Thursday, May 23, 7:30 PM Joan Silber presents Fools In conversation with Stacey D’Erasmo
National Book Award finalist (and Greenlight favorite) Joan Silber is a writer’s writer, praised by luminaries including Amy Bloom, Jim Shepard, and Edmund White, as well as critics and scholars. Her new collection of interconnected stories, Fools, is an exploration of the ideas people live for, ranging from New York to India to Paris, from the Catholic Worker movement to Occupy Wall Street. Whether they’re fools for love, fools for religious faith, or fools for money or status, in the end the characters in this enlightening collection face the consequences of their beliefs. Silber discusses her work this evening with Stacey D’Erasmo (author of The Sky Below), who writes of Fools, "Joan Silber is one of the wisest, finest, most capacious observers of the human condition writing now. We should all be as heartbreakingly foolish and beautiful as the characters in this collection. Silber understands them inside out, and brings them close to us, as no one else can.”
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"Elegantly written, moving between the mirrors of present and past, Robin Messing's debut novel transforms the anguish of growing up into a memorably touching experience."Jonathan Baumbach
"In her various ideas of heaven and earth, Silber has explored, with agile and generous sympathies, with wit and surprise, the subject of love."American Academy of Arts and Letters
Robin Messing earned an MFA in fiction writing and studied with Russell Banks, Jonathan Baumbach, Peter Spielberg, and Irini Spanidou. Her fiction has appeared in The Baltimore Jewish Times, The Brooklyn Review, The North Atlantic Review, The Sycamore Review, and Washington Square. Presently, she is a literacy coach for the New York City Department of Education and received her training at Columbia University's Reading and Writing Project.
Joan Silber finalist for the National Book Award and The Story Prize for Ideas of Heaven, teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City. (booksense)… (more)