Literary Events: Nov. 2009

Upcoming Literary Events

Reading: Anthony Alofsin “Halflife”

Anthony Alofsin is an artist and architect, writer and art historian and an expert on Frank Lloyd Wright. Halflife is a fictive memoir, recalling the measure of decay that describes how radioactive isotopes die even as they live. A young man who in search of love and meaning discovers the same loss and hopelessness as atoms in the same physical universe. From the perspective of age 35, which he assumes is the mid-point in his own life, the narrator reflects on the friends, women, neighbors and places he has encountered. From the childhood in Memphis, his journey has taken him to the mountains of New Mexico, the desert of Arizona, the urban heart of San Francisco, the rotting and mysterious Villa Tice in Austin.

The book gives us the exuberance of creativity of youth and love yet it adds unusually honest sense that experience does not simply exist in the present, but carries the weight of its past and the foreshadowing of its future. The fullness of life contains many opposite particles.

Nov. 7, 18:30
Shakespeare & Company
1., Sterngasse 2
(01) 535 50 53


Reading: Kevin Brooks

“Black Rabbit Summer”

Kevin Brooks will be reading from his novel Black Rabbit Summer. The German part will be read by actor Jim Libby. School-time is over and Peter’s group of friends meet again to party together for the one last time before they go their separate ways. It is clear from the beginning that this hot summer night was going to end badly. And really: at the end, there are two missing persons one of which is soon found dead. On the Carnegie Medal 2009 shortlist.

Nov. 14, 18:00
3., Landstraßer Hauptstr. 2a/2b
(0) 7 3276 15 701


Buch Wien

Vienna’s International book fair will take place from Nov. 12 through 14. Enjoy a rich program, numerous readings, book store presentations and free child care.

Nov. 12 – 14, 9:00 – 19:00, 15, 9:00 – 18:00
Messe Wien / Halle D
2., Messeplatz 1
(01) 727 20-0


Christ Church Advent Bazaar

With an additional contribution from the Frankfurt Book Fair, browse among the wide selection of new and used books, as well as clothes, seasonal foods, jewellery, ornaments and other great gift ideas. Music provided by the Church choir and a Scottish Piper.

Nov. 21, 10:30 – 16:30
3., Radetzskystr. 2
(01) 714 89 00


Anthony Joseph

“Bird Head Son”

Renowned poet and spoken word artist Anthony Joseph is a major representative of the black British avant-garde. He will be reading from his new book Bird Head Son.

Nov. 23, 19:00
Institut für Anglistik
Campus AAKH Hof 8.3
9., Spitalgasse 2-4


Birthday Bash: Shakespeare and Company Paris

Feel cordially invited to commemorate the opening of an American bookshop in Paris called Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach in 1919 throughout the day.

Nov. 19
Shakespeare & Company
1., Sterngasse 2
(01) 535 50 53


Reading: Carl Djerassi “Four Jews and Parnasus – A Conversaton:  Benjaming, Adorno, Scholem, Schönberg”

Carl Djerassi is introducing his book Four Jews and Parnasus – A Conversaton: Benjaming, Adorno, Scholem, Schönberg, with music and pictures. Carl Djerassi, novelist, playwright, and emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University, is one of the few American scientists to have been awarded both the National Medal of Science (for the first synthesis of an oral contraceptive) and the National Medal of Technology. He has published an autobiography, a memoir, a collection of short stories, a poetry chapbook, five novels, and eight plays that have been staged all over the world.

Nov. 26
Shakespeare & Company
1., Sterngasse 2
(01) 535 50 53


Spoken Word

The world’s most famous Spoken Word Poet, Rockstar, Rapper and actor Saul Williams (USA), was a Grand Slam Champion of Nuyorican Poets Café and starred in the movie “Slam,” which won both Sundance Festival award and Golden Camera in Cannes.

Nov. 26, 19:00
Literaturhaus Wien
7., Seidengasse 13
(01) 526 20 44


Erich Fried Days 2009

loud, louder, lyric

15:00: Prologue: Yuri Lane (USA)

Discussion: “The freedom to open your mouth” – when poetry has a message

The authors will discuss if poetry is today still acting as social criticism and if it reflects and questions social developments.

With: Klaus Amann, Esther Dischereit (D), Barbara Hundegger (A), Nora Iuga (Ru), Robert Schindel (A), Visar Zhiti (Albania)

17:00: Prologue: Bas Böttcher (D)

Discussion: “It is what it is” – games of poetry

Poets have conquered new lyrical spaces (the street, clubs, concert halls) – they will discuss new perspectives and innovative forms of the poetic presentation.

With: Bas Böttcher (D), Ann Cotten (USA/A), Michaela Falkner (A), Yuri Lane (USA), Michael Lentz (D).

19:00: Voiceconcert: Night of Poets

With: Elfriede Czurda, Maja Haderlap, Sonja Harter, Friederike Mayröcker, Judith Pfeifer and Angelika Reitzer.

21:00: Rotten Kinck Schow.

With: Ann Cotten, Monika Rinck and Sabine Scho

Nov. 27, 15:00
Literaturhaus Wien
7., Seidengasse 13
(01) 526 20 44

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