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CONJUNCTIONS AND DALKEY ARCHIVE CELEBRATE NOVELIST WILLIAM GADDIS WITH A SPECIAL EVENING AT THE NEW SCHOOL

Robert Coover, Samuel R. Delany, Rick Moody, and Francine Prose read letters by Gaddis and discuss what he has meant to them as writers and readers, introduced by Bradford Morrow.


Wednesday, February 20, 7 p.m., Tishman Auditorium,
66 W. 12th St., New York, NY

NEW YORK, NY—On Wednesday, February 20, at 7 p.m., the literary magazine Conjunctions and Dalkey Archive Press present a very special evening honoring the monumental American novelist William Gaddis (The Recognitions, J R) with readings and personal stories from Robert Coover (The Public Burning, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre), Samuel R. Delany (Babel-17, Dhalgren), Rick Moody (Garden State, The Ice Storm), and Francine Prose (Household Saints, Blue Angel).
     Emceed by novelist and Conjunctions founding editor Bradford Morrow, this event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook now.


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The November 2012 issue of the groundbreaking literary magazine Conjunctions contains a substantial portfolio of never-before-published correspondence by the unrivaled American novelist William Gaddis. In February 2013, Dalkey Archive Press is releasing The Letters of William Gaddis, edited by Steven Moore with an afterword by Sarah Gaddis. The letters function as a revelatory autobiography of this intensely private writer, and include correspondence with Katherine Anne Porter, David Markson, William H. Gass, Stanley Elkin, Robert Coover, Robert Creeley, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Don DeLillo, as well as friends, family, politicians, and critics. Please join Conjunctions and Dalkey at the New School as some of the greatest living American writers share their connections and responses to Gaddis’s work.
     Edited by Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College, Conjunctions is a biannual journal of new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, interviews, and translation. Since the first issue appeared in 1981, it has been distinguished by its special anthology-length design—each volume delivers up to four hundred pages of innovative new work by contemporary masters and emerging voices. The magazine’s generous format allows a genuine conversation to develop around the theme at hand, whether that’s urban life, evil twins, children’s secrets, cinema, black comedy, the novella, unfinished manuscripts, imaginary realism, death, or desire. In addition to the print component, the online edition, Web Conjunctions, publishes risk-taking, rigorously executed new writing on a weekly basis, while the Audio Vault archives a vast collection of exclusive author readings. The New York Times Book Review has said, “Conjunctions is striking … a rich collection which balances well-known writers with exciting new ones,” and The Washington Post has written, “Conjunctions offers a showplace for some of the most exciting and demanding writers now at work.”
     The independent publishing house Dalkey Archive publishes The Review of Contemporary Fiction, the Best European Fiction series, and writers including Ben Marcus, David Markson, Djuna Barnes, Flann O’Brien, Raymond Queneau, William H. Gass, and many others. Located at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Dalkey Archive maintains a strong commitment to translations and experimental work. A primary goal of the house is to keep all its books in print, regardless of their commercial success.
     For more information on the readers, click the links above or simply scroll down this page. For more information about this event or the magazine, contact Micaela Morrissette, Conjunctions Managing Editor, at conjunctions@bard.edu.







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WILLIAM GADDIS (1922–1998) is one of America’s most highly regarded writers, described by the New York Times Book Review as “a presiding genius … of postwar American fiction.” He is the author of the novels The Recognitions, J R (both Dalkey), Carpenter’s Gothic (Penguin), A Frolic of His Own (Scribner), and the posthumously published Agapē Agape (Penguin), as well as the 2002 essay collection The Rush for Second Place (Penguin). Both J R and A Frolic of His Own won the National Book Award; the latter was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Gaddis received a MacArthur award, and his work has been the subject of numerous critical studies.



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ROBERT COOVER is the author of three story collections, including Pricksongs and Descants; and ten novels, among them The Origin of the Brunists, The Public Burning, and The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (all Grove Press). His most recent books are Noir (Overlook) and A Child Again (McSweeney’s). Edmund White wrote of his work: “As his dazzling career continues to demonstrate, Mr. Coover, though never innocent or optimistic, is a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force.”



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New Wave science fiction pioneer SAMUEL R. DELANY is a four-time Nebula Award winner and two-time Hugo award winner who has also received the Stonewall Book Award and the William Whitehead Memorial Award for his lifetime contribution to lesbian and gay writing. His many novels include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Dhalgren, and most recently, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. According to Galaxy, he is “the best science fiction in the world," and as the Nation put it, “he is brilliant, driven, prolific.”



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RICK MOODY’s many novels and story collections include The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, Demonology, Purple America, Ring of Brightest Angels around Heaven, The Ice Storm, Garden State, and most recently, On Celestial Music and Other Adventures in Listening, which the New York Times Book Review described as “essays [that] wrestle with performers and songs as if they were Moody’s better angels and personal hellhounds … He writes with enormous reserves of empathy and grace … [and] lets the spirit of the song move through him like a holy ghost” (all Back Bay).



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FRANCINE PROSE is the former president of PEN American Center, a National Book Award finalist (for her novel Blue Angel [Harper Perennial]), and winner of the PEN Translation Prize and the Washington University International Humanities Medal. She is the author of numerous novels and fiction and essay collections, including Household Saints (St. Martin’s), The Peaceable Kingdom (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), After (HarperCollins), and My New American Life (Harper). The Guardian called her book Reading Like a Writer (Harper Perennial) “an essential book for any writer, new or experienced, who purports to take his or herself remotely seriously … [and a] quite brilliant analysis of the power of detail in fiction … forthright, waspish, and often very funny.”



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