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CENSORSHIP SESSION 3: BANNED BOOKS (Dallas Institute)

Can we have a civil conversation about censorship? The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is about to find out. Partnering with The Dallas Morning News, Deep Vellum Publishing, and the Dallas Public Library, the institute is presenting a series of free panels.

SESSION 3: An in-depth look at banned books in the U.S., from Huckleberry Finn to To Kill a Mockingbird. A review and discussion of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic treatment of censorship, which is as relevant today as when it was published in 1951. Venue: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

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CENSORSHIP SESSION 2: Public & Private Consequences of Censorship (Dallas)

Can we have a civil conversation about censorship? The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is about to find out. Partnering with The Dallas Morning News, Deep Vellum Publishing, and the Dallas Public Library, the institute is presenting a series of free panels.

SESSION 2: Public and Private Consequences of Censorship
What do writers, journalists, and teachers have to say? What is the current extent of censorship in the U.S.?

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Ófeigur Sigurðsson w/ David Searcy & Alex Dupree at Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX)

Ófeigur Sigurðsson, author of Öræfi: The Wasteland, will be at Deep Vellum Books on October 18, in conversation with David Searcy! Featuring music by Alex Dupree

Sponsored by the Icelandic Literature Center, with support from Iceland Naturally

Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík in 1975. He is a graduate of the University of Iceland with a degree in philosophy. He made his poetry debut in 2001 with Skál fyrir skammdeginu (Cheers to the Winter Darkness), and published his first novel, Áferð (Texture), in 2005. Since then, he has published six books of poetry and three novels, in addition to his work as an accomplished translator. Sigurðsson was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011 for his novel, Jón, making him the first Icelander to receive the prize. His novel Öræfi: The Wasteland was published in Iceland in 2014 to great critical and commercial acclaim, and received the Book Merchant’s Prize in 2014 and the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2015. He currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium.

David Searcy – back and forth between Dallas and Corsicana with his wife, the artist Nancy Rebal – is a writer whose recent essays (2013-15) have appeared in The Paris Review, Best American Essays 2013, Granta, and Esquire.  An essay collection, Shame and Wonder, was published with Random House January 2016.

Alex Dupree is a musician and writer living in Los Angeles. In 2005, he made his first record with The Trapdoor Band on a cassette 4-track in Austin, TX. His latest full-length You Winsome, You Lonesome was released by Keeled Scales in June 2017. His poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Review, FIELD, and the Madison Review.

About the Book

After a grueling solo expedition on the Vatnajökull Glacier, Austrian toponymist Bernhardt Fingerberg returns to civilization, barely alive, and into the care of Dr. Lassi. The doctor, suspicious of his story, attempts to discover his real motives for venturing into the treacherous wastelands of Iceland — but the secrets she unravels may be more dangerous than they’re worth.
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Ófeigur Sigurðsson w/ Shelby Vincent at the University of Texas at Dallas! (Dallas, TX)

Ófeigur Sigurðsson, author of Öræfi: The Wasteland, will be at the University of Texas at Dallas on October 17, in conversation with Shelby Vincent!

Sponsored by the Icelandic Literature Center, with support from Iceland Naturally

Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík in 1975. He is a graduate of the University of Iceland with a degree in philosophy. He made his poetry debut in 2001 with Skál fyrir skammdeginu (Cheers to the Winter Darkness), and published his first novel, Áferð (Texture), in 2005. Since then, he has published six books of poetry and three novels, in addition to his work as an accomplished translator. Sigurðsson was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011 for his novel, Jón, making him the first Icelander to receive the prize. His novel Öræfi: The Wasteland was published in Iceland in 2014 to great critical and commercial acclaim, and received the Book Merchant’s Prize in 2014 and the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2015. He currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium.

Shelby Vincent is the managing editor of Translation Review and a lecturer and research associate at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her PhD in Translation Studies. In her free time, she is a literary translator, and has contributed to the translation of Woman Street Artists of Latin America (Manic D Press), as well as translating Carmen Boullosa’s Heavens on Earth. She is currently translating another book by Carmen Boullosa, La virgin y el violen (The Virgin and the Violin).

About the Book

After a grueling solo expedition on the Vatnajökull Glacier, Austrian toponymist Bernhardt Fingerberg returns to civilization, barely alive, and into the care of Dr. Lassi. The doctor, suspicious of his story, attempts to discover his real motives for venturing into the treacherous wastelands of Iceland — but the secrets she unravels may be more dangerous than they’re worth.
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CENSORSHIP SESSION 1: “The History of Censorship, Its Development in the West, and the Phenomenon of Banned Books” (Dallas)

Can we have a civil conversation about censorship? The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is about to find out. Partnering with The Dallas Morning News, Deep Vellum Publishing and the Dallas Public Library, the institute is presenting a series of free panels. The first takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in The Dallas Morning News’ auditorium at 1954 Commerce St. Free admission; Registration required.

That first panel, “The History of Censorship, Its Development in the West, and the Phenomenon of Banned Books,” will be moderated by News editor Mike Wilson. The panel will feature:

— Dale Carpenter, professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman Law School and author of Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence V. Texas;

— Sharon Grigsby,News metro columnist;

 Jo Giudice, director of libraries for the city of Dallas;

— Darryl Ratcliff, a social practice artist, community organizer, writer and co-founder of Ash Studios in Dallas; and

David Upham, a professor of politics and director of legal studies at the University of Dallas.

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“Twenty Girls to Envy Me” Book Launch with Marcela Sulak & Marian Schwartz (Austin, Texas)

Malvern Books will celebrate the launch of Israeli writer Orit Gidali’s book, Twenty Girls to Envy Me, a collection of Hebrew-English poetry, and will feature translator Marian Schwartz, who will read from Calligraphy Lesson: The Collected Stories, a Russian work she translated in partnership with Leo Shtutin, Sylvia Maizell, and Mariya Bashkatova. The book was written by Mikhail Shishkin and published by Deep Vellum!

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Jung Young Moon U.S. Tour: Reading @ Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture (Dallas)

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Jung Young Moon, South Korea’s award-winning, cult favorite, and most enigmatic contemporary author, a bestseller in France, Germany, and South Korea alike, comes to Dallas to present his novel Vaseline Buddha (Deep Vellum, 2016), which scrubs the depths of the human psyche to achieve a higher level of consciousness equal to Zen meditation. This tragicomic odyssey told through free association opens when our sleepless narrator thwarts a would-be thief outside his moonlit window, then delves into his subconscious imagination to explore a variety of geographical and mental locations—real, unreal, surreal—to explore the very nature of reality: from a treacherous flight in the mountains of Nepal to a park bench in Budapest to a bizarre conversation in Amsterdam to an encounter with an inflatable rubber dolphin floating in a small river in provincial France.

Vaseline Buddha is truly meaningful, rewarding literature. What makes this novel so fascinating is its permanent liminality and ambiguity: it is exactly the completely obvious which remains ultimately cryptic; it is exactly the linguistic hyper-precision which leads to confusion; it is exactly the “boring” stuff which becomes thrilling at another level; and it is exactly the humorous, ironic attitude of the author-narrator that proves his deep seriousness.

If the purpose of travel, in a way, is to shatter illusions about an unknown world, my travels are true to their purpose in that respect. A logic could be developed, a logic that’s perhaps forced, that it’s best not to travel at all in order to maintain an illusion, and in fact, when I considered traveling, I was always conflicted between maintaining an illusion by not traveling, and seeing an illusion get shattered by traveling.

Jung Young Moon‘s tour of the United States is made possible through the generous support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

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Lina Meruane in conversation w/ Will Evans at the Dallas Book Festival (Dallas, TX)

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Join us at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 4:10pm for the Deep Vellum Showcase w/ Lina Meruane in conversation with Deep Vellum founder Will Evans at the 3rd Annual Dallas Book Festival (formally the International Book Fair).

Founded in 2006 the Dallas International Book Fair presented annual literary events showcasing works by internationally acclaimed authors as well as national, regional and local authors representing diverse regions of the world. This family event included artistic and cultural performances, film and book presentations, educational workshops and children’s activities.

The event was renamed in February 2014 as the Dallas Book Festival with a purpose to continue the goal of promoting a love for books, reading and literacy through multilingual and multicultural activities with a focus on spotlighting the city of Dallas and its wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity.

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