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Washington University in St. Louis, The MFA Program Fall Reading Series 2017

Reading Series events are free to attend and open to all. Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase courtesy of Subterranean Books.

 

Visiting Hurst Professor Ben Marcus is the author of The Flame Alphabet, Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. His most recent book is a collection short stories, Leaving the Sea. His short stories have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, Granta, The Believer, McSweeney's, Conjunctions, and Tin House. 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Washington University
Hurst Lounge (Rm 201) / Duncker Hall
St. Louis, MO 63130
Leaving the Sea Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307739988
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage Books - October 7th, 2014

The Flame Alphabet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307739971
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books - November 13th, 2012

Notable American Women Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375713781
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 19th, 2002

Washington University in St. Louis, The MFA Program Fall Reading Series 2017

Reading Series events are free to attend and open to all. Copies of the author's books will be available for purchase courtesy of Subterranean Books.

 

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. Traister’s first book, Big Girls Don’t Cry, about women and the 2008 election, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book prize. Her most recent book, All the Single Ladies, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016.  She has recently found herself in the middle of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Washington University
Hurst Lounge (Rm 201) / Duncker Hall
St. Louis, MO 63130
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476716572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439150290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Free Press - June 7th, 2011


These recent paintings, usually composed simultaneously with other works, borrow and play off of each other. Sometimes they bend and yield with each other celebrating the beauty of their complimenting colors.  Sometimes they contrast and seem to want to repel the other works.  Other times they seem to just babble and laugh with one another.  They are painted with the notions of collage and drawing which influence the application of color, line, and form within the compositions. They depict figures and landscapes, joyfulness and fear, organs and voids.

The scratch of a hastily written note, like the graphite scrawls within the paintings, are blossoms of color dripping off the paintings like blurred landscapes of motion and speed.  Recalling instances and moments of our lives, they reveal the importance of the seemingly insignificant, mortal, anxious beings we are at times as we look for some event, idea, or pleasure to shut out agony and anxiety through sensuality, love, the erotic, etc.

If the work can be spoken of as sensual, it allows that there is something that can be glorious, profound, and (apparently, and falsely) indefatigable, however briefly. Distraction can be a positive force, allowing the insignificant to remain existent.  As the colors compound, erase, contrast or cover each other, the paintings can reflect various confrontations, and various harmonies, relating to our time spent with ourselves, others and the world.

Work will be on display September 15th – November 30th.

 

 

Event date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:00am to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9:00pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130
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