Acclaimed poet and critic Lloyd Schwartz takes his characteristic tragicomic view of life to some unexpected and disturbing places in his fourth book of poetry, Little Kisses. This long-awaited collection contains poignant and comic poems about personal loss, and about family, identity, travel and art.
“A major poet with a gentle, comic soul.” Roger Rosenblatt
Lloyd Schwartz is the Frederick S.Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, a commentator on music and the visual arts for NPR’s Fresh Air, and a noted Elizabeth Bishop scholar. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1994.
Winner of the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Improvement is a novel about a single mother living in Harlem who is torn between staying loyal to her boyfriend and getting more involved with his cigarette smuggling scheme. Joan Silber weaves together character studies that examine love, money and the ripple effects of choices made.
“She (Silber) has an American voice: silvery, within arm’s length of old cadences but also limber, thieving, marked by occasional raids on slang and jargon, at ease both high and low, funny, tenderhearted, sharp. It gives her the rare ability to reach the deepest places in the plainest ways.” Charles Finch, Washington Post
Joan Silber is the author of 8 books of fiction (novels and short stories). She is the recipient of the 2018 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Improvement was listed as one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday. Silber lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence.
The Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan, held at 7:30 pm on four Thursday evenings in July and early August are free and open to the public; no reservations needed. (Please, no infants, toddlers or squirmers.)
Moderated by Phil Pochoda, the sponsors include James Laffan, Esq., Caldwell Estate Planning, Wachovia Securities, and Mascoma Savings Bank. The Norwich Bookstore will sell current and past books by each author at the Meetinghouse. Many of the books can be purchased at the bookstore in advance, to be signed by the authors.
The readings are held at the 1793 Meetinghouse in Canaan, N.H.’s Historic District, located opposite the beach on Canaan Street Lake. Take Route 4 to the blinking light in Canaan; 2 miles up Canaan Street to the Old Meetinghouse. For more information, visit meetinghouse.us or call the Canaan Town Library (603) 523-9650.
Called "the master of the poetic one-liner" by the New York Times, acclaimed poet and critic Lloyd Schwartz takes his characteristic tragicomic view of life to some unexpected and disturbing places in this, his fourth book of poetry.
WINNER OF THE 2018 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTIONWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION AUTHOR IS THE WINNER OF THE 2018 PEN/MALAMUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SHORT STORY
Available for preorder! Will be shipped in time for Meetinghouse Reading in August.