MSt alumna Jana Casale’s novel “The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky” published by Knopf on 17th April 2018

MSt alumna Jana Casale’s novel The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky will be published by Knopf on 17th April 2018. Jana will be appearing in Cambridge (MA), Brooklyn, and San Francisco (see below for details)

From the press release:

“What defines a life? In Jana Casale’s stunning debut The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (Knopf; April 17, 2018), the experience of contemporary womanhood is put under the microscope: from pursuing career goals to trying on bathing suits to meeting your future spouse. Told in supremely relatable vignettes,The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky examines life’s little moments in all their exquisite, ordinary beauty, and speaks to urgent questions women face today – even as it offers the possibility that, in the end, it might all really be okay. Timely and timeless, Casale’s work will resonate with readers of Maggie Shipstead, Rona Jaffe, and Sheila Heti….”

“Readers meet Leda, the ‘girl’ at the steady center of Casale’s sharp debut, during her college years and spend the rest of the novel, which is also the rest of Leda’s life, getting to know her. … [t]here are thousands of things [Leda] does, thinks reads, and writes, which Casale relays with a careful, assured, and light touch – each one veritably thrilling in its ordinariness.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Elegant, sharply drawn…[A] clear-eyed examination of a woman’s life [done] with abundant humor…Readers will be captivated.” —Publishers Weekly

“A funny, tender and touching illumination of the extraordinary beauty contained in a seemingly everyday life. I can’t stop thinking about this book.” –Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

“The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky is bright with life, emotionally honest and powerfully observant. Jana Casale is a wise and exciting new voice.” –Julia Pierpont, New York Times bestselling author of Among the Ten Thousand Things.”

Jana will be appearing in bookshops:

Wednesday, April 25th | Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM – Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., 02138

Thursday, April 26th | Brooklyn, NY
7:30 PM – Books Are Magic, 225 Smith St., 11231
In Conversation with Karah Preiss of Belletrist & Weike Wang

Saturday, April 28th | San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Book Festival Appearance

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky : more information and an excerpt.

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Professor Gary Geddes and Ann Eriksson, 10 May 2018

“The Engaged Muse”

Gary Geddes, best known for seminal anthologies such as 20th-Century Poetry and Poetics, has written and edited forty-nine books, including the politically engaged The Terracotta Army, winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region) and The Resumption of Play. He taught English and Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal and served as writer-in-residence at various institutions, including the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Ann Eriksson, bestselling and award-winning fiction writer, has written five novels, including Falling from Grace and High Clear Bell of Morning. Reviewed alongside the work of Ann Patchett, her novels have been described as “musical” and “wise and deeply rendered” and praised for their “rare precision” and “tightly knitted plot.”

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/CW

MSt tutor James Hawes at Waterstones, Oxford, 12th April 2018

The Shortest History of Germany – An Evening with James Hawes in Oxford

Thu, 12 Apr 2018, 7 pm. Waterstones, Oxford.

From the Waterstones website:

The brilliant James Hawes will be in store to discuss his work The Shortest History of Germany.

This is our non-fiction choice for April’s Book of the Month and we are very excited to have James in to discuss it!

‘Yes, the Nazis are here, but so too is a history stretching from the Germanic tribes who took on the Roman Empire, right up to Chancellor Angela Merkel… Comprehensive, vivid, and entertaining… if you want to understand a country on which much of the free world is now pinning its hopes, you could do worse than start here.’

Irish Examiner.
Ticketed event, £ 5 (discounts available for some).

MSt tutor John Retallack’s Radio4 dramatisation of J B Priestley’s “The Good Companions” available online

MSt tutor John Retallack’s dramatisation of J B Priestley’s “The Good Companions”  on BBC Radio 4 is available to listen to online.

From the Radio 4 site: “John Retallack’s dramatisation of J B Priestley’s classic story of a 1929 Concert Party tour charts new adventures for factory worker Jess Oakroyd and newly independant Miss Trant.”

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis & alumna Romola Parish at Science and Poetry event with St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

Tickets are now on sale for the third Science and Poetry event at St. Hilda’s College, organised by MSt tutor Jenny Lewis with Sarah Watkinson of St. Hilda’s. The event, on 9 Jun 2018, will feature poets Carrie Etter and Philip Gross and is themed around climate and environmental change. It will include an open mic for poems relating to the theme.
There will be a free workshop in advance of SciPo 2018, led by alumna Romola Parish and Sarah Watkinson at St Hilda’s College on 17 February, from 10.00-4.00. There will also be an opportunity to enter poems into a competition judged by Jenny Lewis.

World Premiere of Russian opera based on MSt tutor Jenny Lewis’s “When I Became an Amazon”

MSt tutor Jenny Lewis attended world premiere of Russian opera based on her book When I Became an Amazon

20 November 2017 saw the world premiere of the chamber-opera ‘How I Became an Amazon’ by Russian composer Gennadyi Shiroglazov,  based on the book When I Became an Amazon by Jenny Lewis (Iron Press, 1996). The opera was performed in English by soprano Olga Popova with Jenny herself reading two of the poems. Both were accompanied by a 30-strong chamber orchestra conducted by Valery Platonov – all from the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre of Perm.  Russian translations by Natalya Dubrovina were printed in the programme. Depending on further funding, there are plans to develop the opera further and stage it in Moscow in 2018.

Kellogg College Creative Writing Seminar Series: Danielle McLaughlin, 1 February 2018

 “Writing Our Obsessions”

Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times,The Lonely Crowd and The New Yorker, and have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. Her debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2015, and in the UK (John Murray), US (Random House) and Slovakia (Inaque) in 2016. Together with Madeleine D’Arcy, she co – runs Fiction at the Friary in Cork .

Mawby Room, Kellogg College,
62 Banbury Road
5 pm (refreshments) for 5.30 pm

All are welcome and no bookings are necessary.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Clare Morgan

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/researchcentres/CW