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Roberta Allen & Donald Breckenridge

  • Spoonbill Studio 99 Montrose Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)

Roberta Allen will be presenting her new book, The Princess of Herself (Pelekinesis Press, 2017). The characters in The Princess of Herself, a fierce and darkly humorous story collection, see themselves and others through distorted lenses. Out of kilter with reality, their responses, as they go about their everyday lives and try to recapture their youth, are disquieting, unforgettable. Siri Hustvedt wrote: "Roberta Allen writes prose that sings. When that perfect pitch is coupled with her astute vision for the strange and comic business we call life, the result is The Princess of Herself: a brilliant book of stories."

Language has been the focus of Roberta Allen's literary/innovative fiction + the inspiration for most of her conceptual art for many years.  Her conceptual art, exhibited internationally, is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in many other public + private collections. A Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction, she is a short story writer, novelist and memoirist, with 9 published books.

Donald Breckenridge’s new book is And Then (Godine, 2017), a ghost story, telling tales about the people that come and go from our lives and the indelible marks they leave. Opening with a vignette describing Jean Rouch’s short film Gare du Nord, Breckenridge sets a deeply unsentimental tone, both necessary to and greatly in opposition with his descriptions of his father’s slow and deliberate death. Interwoven are the stories of a young woman’s hopeful arrival in New York, a young man’s voyeuristic summer spent housesitting for his professor, and a soldier who never made it out of Vietnam. What they all have in common is a deep preoccupation with the way lives resonate and connect, an emotionally honest love story about how we relate to others and ourselves.

Donald Breckenridge lives in Brooklyn with his spouse, Johannah Rodgers. He is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Co-Founder and Co-Editor of InTranslation, and the Managing Editor of Red Dust Books. He has written four novels, edited two fiction anthologies, and introduced the NYRB Classics edition of Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove.

Later Event: October 9
Poetry 99