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· Conan Doyle for the defense. The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox · R. Crumb’s Dream Diary · Violaine Huisman: Fugitive parce que reine · How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee · Soho: an intimate and vital poetry debut by Richard Scott · New American Stories – Edited by Ben Marcus · Girls are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi · Paul Kempers: ‘Het gaat om heel eenvoudige dingen’. Jean Leering en de kunst · Ulrike Almut Sandig: Thick of It · Sophie Nauleau: La Poésie à l’épreuve de soi · 41ste editie Uitmarkt van 24 tot 26 augustus 2018 in Amsterdam · Debut collection of poems from Zaffar Kunial

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Conan Doyle for the defense. The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox

For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no recent book that tells this remarkable story—in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case.

In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step by step inside Conan Doyle’s investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time—a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias.

In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater—an immigrant Jewish cardsharp—who, despite his obvious innocence, was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison.

Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies, and outright fabrications by police and prosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater’s freedom.

Margalit Fox, a celebrated longtime writer for The New York Times, has “a nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality” (Kathryn Schulz, New York). In Conan Doyle for the Defense, she immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method.

A senior writer at The New York Times, Margalit Fox is considered one of the foremost explanatory writers and literary stylists in American journalism. As a member of the newspaper’s celebrated obituary news department, she has written front-page send-offs of some of the leading cultural figures of our age. (Conan Doyle for the Defense is in many ways a fond belated obituary for the long-overlooked Oscar Slater, an immigrant everyman treated inexcusably by history.) Fox’s previous book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth, won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.

Conan Doyle for the Defense
The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer
By Margalit Fox
Illustrated
Hardcover
Published by Random House
Random House
$27.00
Jun 26, 2018
352 Pages
ISBN 9780399589454

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R. Crumb’s Dream Diary

For more than 40 years, legendary American artist Robert Crumb has documented his nightly dreams in a meticulously kept private journal.

This material has stood as a guarded secret in a career defined by an impish compulsion to publically self-disclose. All of the artist’s well-documented preoccupations are present and accounted for—rampant egomania, insatiable lust, profound self-disgust, the sad beauty of old America, the moral bankruptcy of new America and the fool’s errand quest for spiritual enlightenment—but here they are entirely untamed, springing forth from forces beyond even his control.

Published for the first time, the complete Dream Diaries offer readers a deep, dark look under the hood of one of America’s most aggressively dynamic comedic voices.

Widely considered the greatest cartoonist of the 20th century, Robert Crumb (born 1943) drew comics from a very young age. After a brief career in greeting-card design in Cleveland, in 1965 the young artist discovered LSD, and headed for San Francisco, where he published Zap Comix 1, reinventing the comics medium. In 1994 he was the subject of an acclaimed documentary film by Terry Zwigoff. His adaptation of The Book of Genesis was published in 2009 and the original art for the project was exhibited internationally, most notably at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in 2009, and as part of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. His most recent books include Bible of Filth, Art & Beauty Magazine and (with Aline Kominsky-Crumb) Drawn Together. Crumb lives and works in Southern France.

R. Crumb’s
Dream Diary
Edited by Ronald Bronstein & Sammy Harkham
Elara Press
Compiles forty years of never-before-published somnambulant mindspray from one of the most unique thinkers in comics.
The first and only book on Crumb’s writings
containing 15 illustrations.
US $25.00
Hardcover
500 pgs
Publication: Sep 25 2018
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1942884338
ISBN-13: 978-1942884330

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Violaine Huisman: Fugitive parce que reine

« Maman était une force de la nature et elle avait une patience très limitée pour les jérémiades de gamines douillettes. Nos plaies, elle les désinfectait à l’alcool à 90 °, le Mercurochrome apparemment était pour les enfants gâtés.

Et puis il y avait l’éther, dans ce flacon d’un bleu céruléen comme la sphère vespérale. Cette couleur était la sienne, cette profondeur du bleu sombre où se perd le coup de poing lancé contre Dieu.»

Ce premier roman raconte l’amour inconditionnel liant une mère à ses filles, malgré ses fêlures et sa défaillance. Mais l’écriture poétique et sulfureuse de Violaine Huisman porte aussi la voix déchirante d’une femme, une femme avant tout, qui n’a jamais cessé d’affirmer son droit à une vie rêvée, à la liberté.

Violaine Huisman est née en 1979 à Paris et vit depuis vingt ans à New York où elle a organisé de nombreux festivals et événements littéraires. Elle a aussi traduit plusieurs textes de l’américain dont La haine de la poésie de Ben Lerner.

Violaine Huisman
Fugitive parce que reine
Collection Blanche, Gallimard
Parution : 11-01-2018
256 pages
140 x 205 mm
Genre : Romans
Littérature française – Romans et récits
Époque : XXIe siècle
ISBN : 9782072765629
Code distributeur : G01396

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him.

In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend.

He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump.

By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.

Alexander Chee won a Whiting Award for his first novel, Edinburgh, and is a recipient of the NEA Fellowship in Fiction and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, and Civitella Ranieri. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, and NPR, among others, and he is a Contributing Editor at The New Republic. He lives in New York City.

Alexander Chee
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Essays
Mariner Books
Published 17 April 2018
Format Paperback
Pages 288
ISBN-10 1328764524
ISBN-13 9781328764522

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Soho: an intimate and vital poetry debut by Richard Scott

In this intimate and vital debut, Richard Scott creates an uncompromising portrait of love and gay shame.

Examining how trauma becomes a part of the language we use, Scott takes us back to our roots: childhood incidents, the violence our scars betray, forgotten forebears and histories. The hungers of sexual encounters are underscored by the risks that threaten when we give ourselves to or accept another. But the poems celebrate joy and tenderness, too, as in a sequence re-imagining the love poetry of Verlaine.

The collection crescendos to Scott’s tour de force, ‘Oh My Soho!’, where a night stroll under the street lamps of Soho Square becomes a search for true lineage, a reclamation of stolen ancestors, hope for healing, and, above all, the finding of our truest selves.

Richard Scott grew up in London and studied at the Royal College of Music and at Goldsmiths College. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry mentee, a member of the Aldeburgh 8 and an Open Spaces artist resident at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem ‘crocodile’ won the 2017 Poetry London Competition.

Scott was born in London in 1981. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Swimmers, The Poetry of Sex (Penguin) and Butt Magazine. He has been a winner of the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, a Jerwood/Arvon Poetry Mentee and a member of the Aldeburgh 8. His pamphlet Wound, published by Rialto, won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016. His debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2018.

Soho
Richard Scott
£10.99
Paperback
88 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Main edition
5 April 2018
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0571338917
ISBN-13: 978-0571338917

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New American Stories – Edited by Ben Marcus

In New American Stories, the beautiful, the strange, the melancholy, and the sublime all comingle to show the vast range of the American short story.

In this remarkable anthology, Ben Marcus has corralled a vital and artistically singular crowd of contemporary fiction writers.

Collected here are practitioners of deep realism, mind-blowing experimentalism, and every hybrid in between.

Luminaries and cult authors stand side by side with the most compelling new literary voices.

Nothing less than the American short story renaissance distilled down to its most relevant, daring, and unforgettable works,

New American Stories puts on wide display the true art of an American idiom.

“Ben Marcus is the rarest kind of writer: a necessary one. It’s become impossible to imagine the literary world–the world itself–without his daring, mind-bending and heartbreaking writing.”–Jonathan Safran Foer

New American Stories
Edited by Ben Marcus
Part of Vintage Contemporaries
Category: Literary Collections | Literary Fiction
Paperback
2015
784 Pages
$16.95
Published by Vintage
ISBN 9780804173544

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Girls are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi on Girls are Coming Out of the Woods: “I want to give this book to the people I love, and say to them, memorize this, never forget. – Jeet Thayil Each poem promises the sharpness of broken sea-shells, the smell of brine.

In this collection, Tishani Doshi inhabits the different homes: her childhood, the body, cities that were passed through, cycles of rain. There are poems of celebration and homages, as there are poems lamenting human cruelty and dispassion. This is also a book of travel and of homecoming, of familiar decay and startling, haunting discoveries of our oldest themes of love, grief, suffering and anger.”

Girls are coming out of the woods,
wrapped in cloaks and hoods,
carrying iron bars and candles
and a multitude of scars, collected
on acres of premature grass and city
buses, in temples and bars. Girls
are coming out of the woods
with panties tied around their lips,
making such a noise, it’s impossible
to hear. Is the world speaking too?

Tishani Doshi in Girls are Coming Out of the Woods (fragment)

Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. She was born in Madras, India, in 1975. She received her masters in writing from the Johns Hopkins University in America and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001 to work with the choreographer Chandralekha, with whom she performed on many international stages. An avid traveller, she has been trekking in the Ethiopian Bale Mountains, visited Antarctica with a group of high-school students, and documented the largest transvestite gathering in Koovakam. She has written about her travels in newspapers such as the Guardian, International Herald Tribune, The Hindu and the Financial Times. She won an Eric Gregory Award for her poetry in 2001. In 2006, she won the All-India Poetry Competition, and her debut collection, Countries of the Body (Aark Arts), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers (Bloomsbury, 2010), was longlisted for the Orange Prize and shortlisted for the Hindu Fiction Award, and has been translated into several languages. Her second poetry collection, Everything Begins Elsewhere, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2012. Her third, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, is due from Bloodaxe in 2018. Tishani Doshi currently lives on a beach between two fishing villages in Tamil Nadu with her husband and three dogs, and sometimes moonlights as a dancer.

Girls are Coming Out of the Woods
by Tishani Doshi
PBS Recommendation Summer 2018
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
Publication Date: 10 May 2018
Paperback £9.95
ISBN: 9781780371979
Pages: 96
Size: 234 x 156mm
Engelstalig

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Paul Kempers: ‘Het gaat om heel eenvoudige dingen’. Jean Leering en de kunst

Amper dertig jaar was Jean Leering (1934-2005) toen hij benoemd werd tot directeur van het Van Abbemuseum. De opvolger van Edy de Wilde maakte van het Van Abbe een spraakmakend museum, waar de erfenis van Theo van Doesburg, László Moholy-Nagy en El Lissitzky werd verknoopt met de nieuwste kunst van de jaren zestig en zeventig.

Als eerste haalde Leering kunstenaars als Robert Morris, Donald Judd, Christo, Bruce Nauman en Joseph Beuys naar Nederland. Hij organiseerde exposities over minimal art, seriële kunst en lichtkunst die internationaal de aandacht trokken.

De bewonderde tentoonstellingmaker – opgeleid als bouwkundig ingenieur – schrok niet terug voor ferme uitspraken. Het museum? Dat was onderdeel van de preventieve geestelijke gezondheidszorg, een instrument voor emancipatie, een kritisch beeldinstituut dat kon bijdragen aan de vorming van de publieke opinie. Met geëngageerde tentoonstellingen als ‘De Straat’, ‘Cityplan Eindhoven’ en ‘Bouwen ’20-’40’ zou het van Abbe de toon zetten voor een generatie jonge curatoren in de eenentwintigste eeuw.

Leering was een activist van de geest wiens ideeën soms op felle tegenstand stuitten. Met zijn vaste vormgever Jan van Toorn zette hij vraagtekens bij de status van het museum als onbetwiste autoriteit. De vraagtekens werden uitroeptekens toen Leering ontslag nam om leiding te geven aan de nieuwe koers van het Tropenmuseum (1973-1975) in Amsterdam.

Tentoonstellingen, vond Leering, dienden inzicht te geven in hoe de wereld in elkaar stak. Hoe de wereld verkeerd in elkaar stak, soms. En wat daar aan gedaan kon worden. Want een museum dat zijn werkzaamheid alleen tot het netvlies wilde beperken, was een half museum.

Over hoe dat museum eruit had kunnen zien, gaat dit boek. Over de kijker tegenover het kunstwerk en de band tussen kunst en samenleving. Met Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty en Foucault waakzaam in de coulissen.

Biografie Jean Leering
‘Het gaat om heel eenvoudige dingen’:
Jean Leering en de kunst
Auteur: Paul Kempers
Ontwerp: Sam de Groot
Serie: vis-à-vis
2018, Valiz
paperback
336 blz.
23,5 x 16,5 cm (staand)
Nederlands
ISBN 978-94-92095-07-7

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Ulrike Almut Sandig: Thick of It

The poems of Ulrike Almut Sandig are at once simple and fantastic.

This new collection finds her on her way to imaginary territories. Thick of It charts a journey through two hemispheres to “the center of the world” and navigates a “thicket” that is at once the world, the psyche, and language itself.

The poems explore an urgently urban reality, but that reality is interwoven with references to nightmares, the Bible, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes—all overlaid with a finely tuned longing for a disappearing world. The old names are forgotten, identities fall away; things disappear from the kitchen; everything is sliding away.

Powerful themes emerge, but always mapped onto the local, the fractured individual in “the thick of it” all. This is language at its most crafted and transformative, blisteringly contemporary, but with a kind of austerity, too.

By turns comic, ironic, skeptical, nostalgic, these poems are also profoundly musical, exploiting multiple meanings and stretching syntax, so that the audience is constantly kept guessing, surprised by the next turn in the line.

Titel: Thick of It
Autor: Ulrike Almut Sandig
Sprache: Englisch.
Buch (gebunden)
€ 17,49
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS ACADEMIC
Distributed for Seagull Books
Translated by Karen Leeder
2018
96 pages
ISBN: 0857425560
EAN: 9780857425560

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Sophie Nauleau: La Poésie à l’épreuve de soi

À la fois récit et manifeste, cet essai dédié à l’ardeur poétique risque à tout propos la première personne du singulier afin de témoigner de cet éblouissement que suscite la lecture d’un poème, et combien cet éblouissement peut perdurer.

Huit brefs chapitres entraînent le lecteur sur les versants de la poésie vécue, celle qui, comme le voulait Rimbaud, change bel et bien la vie. Car il s’agit de sortir des sentiers battus où l’on veut faire croire que les poètes ne sont que des rêveurs plus ou moins solitaires. Ici l’on ose de nouveaux chemins de traverse, toutes époques et contrées confondues, jusqu’à prouver que la poésie, mise à l’épreuve de soi, a pouvoir sur les êtres et sur leur destinée.

Ce récit, cet essai, ce manifeste, d’une tonique originalité quant à l’écriture et aux angles d’attaque, célèbre ainsi un engagement existentiel qui est la liberté même.

Présentation de l’éditeur: A la fois récit et manifeste, cet essai dédié à l’ardeur poétique risque à tout propos la première personne du singulier afin de témoigner de cet éblouissement que suscite la lecture d’un poème, et combien cet éblouissement peut perdurer. Huit brefs chapitres entraînent le lecteur sur les versants de la poésie vécue, celle qui, comme le voulait Rimbaud, change bel et bien la vie. Car il s’agit de sortir des sentiers battus où l’on veut faire croire que les poètes ne sont que des rêveurs plus ou moins solitaires. Ici l’on ose de nouveaux chemins de traverse, toutes époques et contrées confondues, jusqu’à prouver que la poésie, mise à l’épreuve de soi, a pouvoir sur les êtres et sur leur destinée.

Biographie de l’auteur: Née en 1977 à Toulouse, Sophie Nauleau est écrivain. Docteur en littérature française et diplômée de l’Ecole du Louve, elle a produit pour France Culture des documentaires et des émissions régulières. Elle a composé de nombreuses anthologies poétique, et notamment publié La Main d’oublies (Galilée), La Voie de l’écuyer (Actes Sud) et La Vie cavalière (Gallimard). Elle est désormais directrice artistique du Printemps des Poètes.

La Poésie à l’épreuve de soi
Sophie Nauleau
Éditions Actes Sud
Actes Sud Littérature
Poésie
7 Mars, 2018
Langue : Français
Poche: 80 pages
10,0 x 19,0 cm
prix indicatif : 13, 00€
ISBN-10: 2330097417
ISBN-13: 978-2330097417

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41ste editie Uitmarkt van 24 tot 26 augustus 2018 in Amsterdam

De Uitmarkt vindt evenals vorig jaar plaats rond het Oosterdok en het Marineterrein Amsterdam. Traditiegetrouw in het laatste weekend van augustus, dit jaar van vrijdag 24 tot en met zondag 26 augustus. Gedurende deze drie dagen zijn er op zo’n 25 podia circa 300 optredens te bewonderen, met op zondagavond de populaire Musical Sing a Long als afsluiter.


De Uitmarkt vormt de start van het culturele seizoen. Het laat bezoekers proeven van het diverse culturele aanbod dat Nederland te bieden heeft. Door het succes van de afgelopen editie heeft Stichting Uitmarkt ervoor gekozen om de Uitmarkt 2018 wederom op en rond het Oosterdok te laten plaatsvinden. Met toegang tot onder andere het Scheepvaartmuseum, NEMO Science Museum en het Marineterrein Amsterdam heeft deze locatie de bezoeker veel variatie te bieden.

Meer nog dan vorig jaar, door de uitbreiding met een extra stuk terrein. Het Scheepvaartmuseum vormt opnieuw het prachtige decor van het hoofdpodium.

‘Bezoekers hebben vorig jaar enthousiast gereageerd op de nieuwe locatie. Dit in combinatie met de goede infrastructurele voorzieningen, was voor ons reden genoeg om dit gebied opnieuw in te richten voor de 41 ste editie van de Uitmarkt’, zegt Jan de Rooij, voorzitter Stichting Uitmarkt.

Bezoekers van de Uitmarkt krijgen een gratis voorproefje van wat er in het seizoen 2018-2019 in de theaters, musea en concertzalen te beleven is. Artiesten vanuit het hele land en van verschillende genres zijn aanwezig. Naast de gevestigde orde is er ook volop ruimte voor nieuwkomers. Bijvoorbeeld in de Remix Area waar urban talent uit de verschillende Amsterdamse stadsdelen zich presenteren of de jonge theatermakers op het Fringe podium.

# Meer informatie over het programma op website www.uitmarkt.nl

41ste editie van de Uitmarkt – hét startsein van het Nederlandse culturele seizoen – vindt plaats rond het Oosterdok en op het Marineterrein Amsterdam van 24 tot 26 augustus 2018.

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Debut collection of poems from Zaffar Kunial

Original, touching and much-anticipated first collection from star of the Faber New Poets scheme.

 

Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge.

He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence.

Since his first public reading, of ‘Hill Speak’ at the 2011 National Poetry Competition awards, he has spoken at various literature festivals and in programmes for BBC radio, and won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem ‘The Word’.

 

Us (Faber New Poets)
by Zaffar Kunial (Author)
Paperback
5 Jul 2018
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0571337651
ISBN-13: 978-0571337651
Dimensions: 195 x 135 x 10 mm
Publisher: Faber & Faber

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