On Friday October 21st, Writers Read in collaboration with Off The Page presents a live performance of Lisa Robertson’s Debbie: An Epic (New Star 1997) in the afternoon before we gather for an evening with Lisa Robertson herself and Laura Broadbent.
Debbie: A Live Reading, Performance, Marathon
October 21st, 2pm, English Department, LB 671.05, 1400 de Maisonneuve
Call it a cover or a choral reading, call it a performance, a collaboration, or a marathon: it begins with a party scene in an English Department. We will gather to read Lisa Robertson’s Debbie: An Epic out loud from cover to cover. The readers will move around the English department and through the book with the audience.
An Evening with Lisa Robertson & Laura Broadbent
October 21st, 7pm, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605, 1515 Rue St. Catherine
Both with new releases from Coach House, Lisa Robertson and Laura Broadbent will join us at Concordia University on the evening of Friday October 21st. Two writers inhabiting many voices, 49th Shelf describes Robertson’s 3 Summers as “a history of textual voices – Lucretius, Marx, Aby Warburg, Deleuze, the Sogdian Sutras – in a lyricism that insists on analysis and revolt, as well as the pleasures of description. The poet explores the mysterious oddness of the body, its languor and persistence, to test how it shapes the materiality of thinking, which includes rivers and forests.” Of Broadbent’s collection, In On The Great Joke, Rob McLennan notes “there is something reminiscent in In on the Great Joke of the work of Anne Carson, as Broadbent utilizes the frame of poetry to write her way around and through theory, prose-blocks and conceptual bursts.”
Writers Read is one of a long tradition of diverse literary reading series at Concordia University and has recently hosted such authors as Mary Ruefle, Ben Lerner, Dionne Brand, and Roxane Gay. Writers read is supported by the Faculty of Arts & Science at Concordia University and the English Department.