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An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges' library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.
Readers of books leave traces: marginalia, slips of paper, fingerprints, inscriptions. All books have histories, and libraries are not just collections of books and databases but a medium of long-distance communication with other writers and readers. Letter to a Future Lover collects several dozen brief pieces written in response to library ephemera--with "library" defined broadly, ranging from university institutions to friends' shelves, from a seed library to a KGB prison library--and addressed to readers past, present, and future. Through these witty, idiosyncratic essays, Ander Monson reflects on the human need to catalog, preserve, and annotate; the private and public pleasures of reading; the nature of libraries; and how the self can be formed through reading and writing. An exuberant, expansive cataloging of the intimate physical relationship between a reader and a book.
Photo by Cybele Knowles.
Location: Street: 411 N 4th Ave City: Tucson, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 85705-8444 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
Ander Monson will read from and sign copies of his new book, Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir, an adventurous exploration of the "I" in American culture. Philip Lopate writes, "Monson is an essayist for our technology-besotted, self-unstable times." Monson is the author of Neck Deep and Other Predicaments (winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize), the novel Other Electricities, and the poetry collections Vacationland and The Available World. He also edits the magazine DIAGRAM. (goddesspt2)… (més)