Bly won the National Book Award in 1968 for his second collection, "The Light Around the Body." His latest book contains new and selected poems spanning 50 years and includes selections from his 2011 collection, "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey."
Earlier this year, Bly received the Poetry Society of America's highest honor, the Frost Medal.
The Oct. 16 event begins at 7 p.m. at Willey Hall and is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Literary Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries, which holds Bly's papers. The event is free but reservations are requested. (Follow this link.)
A reception will follow the reading, and books will be available for sale.
The final long list for the National Book Awards was announced today--fiction, the one that so many were waiting for. It's a rich list, mostly big names--Alice McDermott won the National Book Award in 1998 for "Charming Billy"; Thomas Pynchon won the award in 1974; Jhumpa Lahiri has won the Pulitzer Prize, and George Saunders' collection of stories was boldly called the best book of the year--in January--by the New York Times.
And then there's Anthony Marra, with a debut novel.
Here's the list, with links to Strib reviews when available.
Tom Drury, "Pacific."
Elizabeth Graver, "The End of the Point."
Rachel Kushner, "The Flame Throwers."
Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Lowland." (Review runs this Sunday; Lahiri will be in town in October. This book is also short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.)
Anthony Marra, "A Constellation of Vita Phenomena."
James McBride, "The Good Lord Bird."
Alice McDermott, "Someone." (Review runs Sunday. She'll be at Common Good Book on Sept. 25.)
Thomas Pynchon, "Bleeding Edge" (Review runs later this fall.)
George Saunders, "The Tenth of December." (Saunders will kick off the Pen Pals Series in October.)
Joan Silber, "Fools."
Lists for young adult, poetry, and nonfiction were announced earlier in the week. The winner will be announced in November.
No Minnesota writers made the National Book Award long list for nonfiction, but it's a stellar list nonetheless. It includes a book about the women of the Nazi regime, a biography of Benjamin Franklin's sister, and an expose on the Church of Scientology.
The long lists for young adult and poetry were announced earlier in the week (and include several Minnesota writers and publishers); the long list for fiction will be announced on Thursday. The finalists will be announced on Oct. 16, with the winners in November.
Here's the full long list for nonfiction, with links to Star Tribune reviews:
"Finding Florida," by T.D. Allman
"Facing the Wave," by Gretel Ehrlich
"The Wolf and the Watchman," by Scott C. Johnson
"The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," by Jill Lepore (review forthcoming)
"Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields" by Wendy Lower (review forthcoming)
"Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery," by James Oakes
"The Unwinding," by George Packer
"The Internal Enemy," by Alan Taylor
"Duke," by Terry Teachout
"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," by Lawrence Wright
Wednesday (Sept. 18) is the first day of nearly a month of readings, at coffee shops, bookstores and cafes across St. Paul. If you can't make one, surely you can make another.
It's the St. Paul Almanac Literary Festival, a joint venture of the smart folks at the St. Paul Almanac, and the equally smart folks at Cracked Walnut. Cracked Walnut did something similar in the spring, hosting a reading a day for 21 days. Now, with the help of the Almanac, they're going themselves four days better.
Writers who contributed to the 2014 Almanac (on sale now, because, of course, it's almost 2014) include Joyce Sutphen, Carol Connolly, Ethna McKiernan, John Jodzio, Margot Fortunato Galt, and Jim Moore (though there are many, many others).
You can catch them at readings at J&S Bean Factory (6:30 p.m. Wednesday), Subtext: A Bookstore (7 p.m. Sept. 21), Khyber Pass Cafe (7:30 p.m. Sept. 26), and places in between. Check out the full schedule at the Cracked Walnut page.
Here comes round two of the National Book Award long lists, and here come more books with Minnesota connections. The long list for poetry was announced this morning, and here is Matt Rasmussen, winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the American Academy of Poets, nominated for "Black Aperture." You can't get more Minnesota than Rasmussen, who was born in International Falls, lives in Robbinsdale, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus. His book was published by Louisiana State University Press.
Other Minnesota connections on the list: "So Recently Rent a World," by Andrei Codrescu and published by Coffee House Press. And "Incarnadine," by Mary Szybist, and published by Graywolf Press.
Yesterday's long list for young adult books included Minneapolis writers Kate DiCamillo and Anne Ursu. Tomorrow's list is nonfiction.
Here's the full long list for poetry:
"Metaphysical Dog," by Frank Bidart.
"Bury My Clothes," by Roger Bonair-Agard
"Stay, Illusion," by Lucie Brock-Broido.
"So Recently Rent a World," by Andrei Codrescu.
"Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire," by Brenda Hillman.
"The Big Smoke," by Adrian Matejka.
"American Amnesiac," by Diane Raptosh.
"Black Aperture," by Matt Rasmussen.
"Transfer of Qualities," by Martha Ronk.
"Incardine," by Mary Szybist.
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