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Reading the World: Benjamin Moser Play

March 15, 2012 - Over the past few years, Ben Moser's life has come to revolve around Clarice Lispector. Sure, he's still a contributing editor to Harper's, a board member of the National Book Critics Circle, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, but what he's most passionate about these days is reintroducing Brazil's greatest writer to the world. His biography of Lispector--WHY THIS WORLD--was the first to be written about her in English, and he's currently in the process of overseeing the publication of new translations of five of her novels.

During this event we discuss all of those projects, focusing a lot on Ben's recent translation of THE HOUR OF THE STAR, which is considered to be one of Lispector's greatest works.

(This event is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; sponsored by The Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation at the University of Rochester; and presented by Open Letter and University of Rochester Arts & Sciences.)

Reading the World: Ledig House, 2011 Play

October, 25 2011 - Ledig House is home to one of the nation's only international writers' residencies. Every year, two dozen critically acclaimed writers and translators from around the world visit the Ledig House, where they work on their individual projects and learn from their fellow writers. And for the past three years, we've been privileged to have some of their residents visit Rochester and read from their work.

This year's event includes: Mads Mygind (Denmark), author of several poetry collections and the founder of the Verbale Pupiller poetry festival; Chika Unigwe (Nigeria/Belgium), a former Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and author of "On Black Sisters Street"; and Anna Mioni (Italy), translator of more than fifty novels and works of non-ficiton.

(This event is presented by Open Letter and University of Rochester Arts & Sciences. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.)
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