We are pleased welcome poet Meena Alexander and novelist, Robert Antoni to the Harlem Arts Salon on Sunday, November 17, from 2:00 to 6:00pm for an afternoon of poetry and fiction in celebration of the publication of Alexander’s newest book of poems, Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books), and Robert Antoni’s newest novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys(Akashic Books). Esteemed novelist, noted scholar and distinguished professor, Elizabeth Nunez will interview the authors about their books, after the reading to be followed by a book signing. Food, wine, stimulating conversations follow. Admission $25. Authors’ books will be available for purchase at this event. Seating is limited. Email us to reserve your seats! (Please include the event name in the subject line of your email.)
ABOUT Birthplace with Buried Stones
“The poems in Birthplace with Buried Stones range widely over time and place, from her native India to New York City. We see traces of mythology, ritual, other languages. With their intense lyricism, Alexander’s poems convey the fragmented experience of the traveler, for whom home is both nowhere and everywhere. The landscapes she evokes, whether walking a city street or reading Basho in the Himalayas, hold echoes of otherness. Place becomes a palimpsest, composed of layer upon layer of memory, dream, and desire. There are poems of love and poems of war — we see the rippling effects of violence and dislocation, of love and its aftermath. Uniquely attuned to life in a globalized world, Alexander’s poetry is an apt guide, bringing us face to face with the power of a single moment, its capacity to evoke the unseen and unheard.”
ABOUT As Flies to Whatless Boys
“William’s account of young love attests to Antoni’s fluency in the poetry of nostalgia. In words as vibrant as the personalities he creates, Antoni deftly captures unconquered territories and the risks we’re willing to take exploring them.”
“As Flies to Whatless Boys is an inventive, witty, comic romance that is as much about history and adventure as it is about language. With virtuosic attention to language, Robert Antoni delightfully explores the written word in all its forms—as letters, as e-mails, as reportage, as narration, as archives—to tell stories, to paint characters, to demonstrate the range and integrity of English and its dialects, and to edge us closer to ourselves as equally human beings.”
—Earl Lovelace, author of Is Just a Movie
ABOUT Elizabeth Nunez
Elizabeth Nunez is the author of eight novels. Her most recent novel, Boundaries (Akashic Books) was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award. An immigrant from Trinidad, Dr. Nunez received a PhD in English from New York University and is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York.Nunez was co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference, which she directed for eighteen years with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was executive producer for the 2004 New York Emmy nominated series, Black Writers in America.
Her recent awards include the 2011 Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers; a 2012 Lifetime Literary award from Trinidad and Tobago: and a 2013 Outstanding Trailblazer Award from the National Council for Research on Women. Nunez was among twelve writers, selected by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the PEN Faulkner Foundation.