We’re pleased to announce that Artemis Cooper’s biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, has been chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2013. In his review in The New York Times, Christopher Benfey wrote Cooper “has written an affectionately intimate, informative and forgiving biography.”
On November 21, McNally Jackson Books and NYRB Classics will co-host a discussion of the life, celebrity, and divisiveness of the great Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.
On Thursday, November 14, Slavko Goldstein will talk about his new book, 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning, the astounding account of the fateful year when his father was arrested and taken away by Croatian fascists. Goldstein’s account blends his family’s history with the larger history of Yugoslavia during World War II.
1941, The Year That Keeps Returning is the astonishing memoir by award-winning author, editor, and publisher Slavko Goldstein of the fateful year when the pro-fascist nationalists in Croatia were brought to power by the Nazi occupiers of Yugoslavia.
On Monday, November 4 at 7 pm, Artemis Cooper will give a talk about the new biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, at Barnes and Noble on the Upper East Side, 150 E 86th Street, New York. The talk will include a visual presentation, and is part of the B&N Writers on Writers series.
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, published by NYRB Classics, was the inspiration for Alain Resnais’s 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad. Critic and New York Review contributor J. Hoberman will introduce the film. Alain Robbe-Grillet’s screenplay was nominated for an Oscar.
On October 14th, The Bridge of Beyond by Simone Schwarz-Bart will be celebrated at the 92nd Street Y. Jamaica Kincaid, who wrote the introduction to the NYRB Classics edition of Simone Schwarz-Bart’s The Bridge of Beyond, will read from the novel.
On Monday, September 23rd, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern will give a talk about their new book, No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State, at Politics and Prose Bookstore and the Goethe-Instit the next day.
A Schoolboy’s Diary—a new collection of short stories by Robert Walser—is being celebrated in New York this month. On Tuesday, September 10, at 7pm, 192 Books hosts a discussion of the book between translator Damion Searls and experimental poet Mina Pam Dick (author of I Am the Robert Walser).
A new 50th anniversary restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt (1963), the director’s look at a crumbling marriage, will play at Film Forum for a two-week engagement starting on September 6.
Georges Simenon’s extensive body of work has inspired many films. These romans durs (“hard novels”—akin to what we would call a psychological thriller) have the right stuff for it: gritty settings, psychological tension, questionable morality, and sex.
Daniel Mendelsohn’s collection of essays—Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture—has been shortlisted for the 2013 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Awarded each year by a panel of judges, the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award honors work that “exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.”
It is with great sadness that NYRB marks the passing of the gifted illustrator Marc Simont. Born in Paris, Simont studied drawing with his father (also an illustrator) and at schools in France and the United States. Over the course of his illustrious career he worked on over 100 children’s books, including The Backward Day, The Wonderful O, and The 13 Clocks.
On July 15th at 7:00 pm, New York Review of Books contributor Luc Sante will introduce a Film Forum screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Le Amiche, a 1955 movie based on Cesare Pavese’s Among Women Only (Tra Donne Sole), a novel that is included in the NYRB Classics edition of The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese.
To celebrate the publication of Turtle Diary, NYRB Classics and McNally Jackson have planned a July 8th tribute to Russell Hoban, author of many books for children and adults.
Today we celebrate the birth of Helen Keller. Many of us are familiar with the basics of Keller’s biography—that childhood illness left her deaf and blind, that she worked with her teacher Anne Sullivan to acquire language—but she was also a prolific writer and a tireless activist, lending her support to the advancement of women and various socialist causes. Her intellectually daring memoir, The World I Live In, is available from NYRB Classics.