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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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Carmen Boullosa w/ Yolette Garcia at the Latino Cultural Center (Dallas, TX)

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In partnership with Deep Vellum Publishing, the Latino Cultural Center will present a conversation with Mexican author Carmen Boullosa and Yolette Garcia, Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016: reception at 6 pm and lecture and conversation at 7 pm.

Carmen Boullosa is a leading Mexican novelist, poet, and playwright. Her discussion will cover the growth of feminism in a Latin American context in the late 20th Century and will continue to broaden the center’s focus on Latin American female authors.

Yolette Garcia joined SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in 2008 as Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach. She’s responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion. Additionally, she teaches media as an adjunct in the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU. Garcia comes to her position as a veteran public broadcasting journalist and manager for KERA television and radio. She served the public broadcasting organization in various capacities for 25 years, and won a 1994 national Emmy Award, a 2006 Lone Star Emmy, and in 2002 she was honored by the Press Club of Dallas with the Buck Marryat Award, given for career excellence in journalism.

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OLIVIA BLOCK + Derek Rogers (presented by mental-drift & ex mus) (DV Books)

Olivia Block (Chicago, Illinois)
performing a multi-channel, in the dark, surround version of her composition Aberration of Light
+ Derek Rogers (Dallas, Texas)

Her range of materials and techniques encompasses found sounds, field recordings, notation for acoustic instruments, manipulated extensions of amplified instruments and purely electronic textures. Her willingness to employ this wide range belies the fact that Olivia Block is an artist with a tight focus and clear voice. Whether working in installation, performance or composition for performers, she is not limited to exclusive designations of “sound artist”, “composer” or “performer”. In a sense, Block is a truly contemporary sonic artist for whom these designations are not identities, but roles inhabited in order to create work.Block’s compositions are clear and unhurried – often constructed from layers, dynamics and densities, where the music dwells at the edges of perception. They may range from lush-filled spaces to the edges of audibility, where found sounds or instrumental sonorities are only just clear enough to be identifiable. Furthermore, along with these “found” sounds, the microphone emerges as an instrument itself, present in the music. But this music doesn’t merely live within these margins. Its narrative is a journey taking you through these spaces.

Block’s music is experimental in the sense that the processes and results often frame environmental ambience. However, this is not a music that is of purely experimental concerns, where process takes precedence and results are merely the outcomes. The music is thoughtful and composed. It goes places. Its passage is one of framing perceptions and sensations, while making narrative from that framing. There is expression, quiet but deep emotion, and beauty in its sensations.

Block will be performing a live version of Aberration of Light. Originally conceived as an expanded cinema collaboration including filmless 35-millimeter projectors, Block will present a version of this piece in the darkened venue with 4 speakers surrounding the audience with sound. It is music that both envelops the listener with its motion and physicality and draws them in to its subtle textures and detail.

“as rigorously assembled, finely detailed and dramatically taut as any modern composition you might care to name, … evoking a dreamlike story without words.”– The New York Times

“Finely nuanced textures of environmental material and occasional surges of raw sonic power are blended with an elegant instrumental architecture… Compositional ordering and digital processing enter into an absorbing dialogue with the natural world.”– The Wire (UK)

Dallas based, Derek Rogers spent the first years of the decade in Los Angeles releasing music under his own name in labels like Hausu Mountain, Signal Dreams, and Obsolete Units, among others. He and Lee Noble work in tandem under the moniker: Circuit Rider UK (905 Tapes / Jehu & Chinaman). Visual Echoes is an album that moves within a subtle ambience, with a relaxed, contemplative style reminiscent at times of Gavin Bryars’s work. However there are some dramatic shadows and flares that lead to epic moments, revealing the influence of Steve Roach; both influences are present in tracks like Post-Earthquake Silverlake. As well as being an intensely personal statement, each carefully-sequenced side of Visual Echoesseems to be a study of the unexplored and unexplained facets of ambient music. You Do not Think In Terms Of Trainsexpresses the same initiatives but propelled by distortions and broken steps of rhythm. Other tracks (like Ovoid, which juxtaposes dynamism with stillness) work as segues, interludes and epilogues, giving Visual Echoes the flow of a cogent narrative.

Links:
Derek Rogers: https://derekrogers.bandcamp.com/
NPR: Composer Olivia Block In Her Own Words 
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