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Jung Young Moon with Brazos Bookstore (Mongoose vs. Cobra, Houston)

Join Jung Young Moon for a Houston event as he discusses his newest Deep Vellum title, Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River with Taylor Davis-Van Atta of Music & Literature.

This event will be held at Mongoose vs. Cobra. Custom cocktails will be available in celebration of this event. Books are provided by Brazos Bookstore.

In his inimitable, recursive, meditative style that reads like a comedic zen koan but contains universes, Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River recounts Korean cult writer’s Jung Young Moon’s time spent at an artist’s and writers residency in small-town Texas. In an attempt to understand what a “true Texan should know,” the author reflects on his outsider experiences in this most unique of places, learning to two-step, musing on cowboy hats and cowboy churches, blending his observations with a meditative rumination on the history of Texas and the events that shaped the state, from the first settlers to Jacky Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald. All the while, the author is asking what a novel is and must be, while accompanied by a fictional cast of seven samurai who the author invents and carries with him, silent companions in a pantomime of existential theater. Jung blends fact with imagination, humor with reflection, and meaning with meaninglessness, as his meanderings become an absorbing, engaging, quintessential novel of ideas.

Jung Young Moon, born in 1965, is an award-winning Korean writer and translator. A graduate of Seoul National University with a degree in psychology, Jung is also an alum of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and has been a resident at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Korean Study and the 100 West Corsicana Artists’ & Writers’ Residency in Texas, which inspired his novel Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River. Deep Vellum published his novel Vaseline Buddha in 2016, and will publish his linked novella trilogy Arriving in a Thick Fog in 2020.

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Ófeigur Sigurðsson w/ Cymene Howe at Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

Save the date! Brazos Bookstore is hosting an event with author Ófeigur Sigurðsson, in conversation with Dr. Cymene Howe of Rice University on October 16!

Sponsored by the Icelandic Literature Center and 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.

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.

 

About the Bookstore

From Brazos’ website:

As a hub for the most creative, intelligent and engaged readers in Houston, we offer programs and curate our shelves to inspire and expand the horizons of our curious readers. We aim to connect all readers with the best contemporary and classic literature, non-fiction, art and architecture monographs, and books for children. Readers engage with emerging and established authors in person through our interactive–and free–book signing events.

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Jung Young Moon @ Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)

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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 Houston to present his novels A Contrived World (Dalkey Archive, 2016) and 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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Carmen Boullosa – Lone Star Book Festival (Kingwood, TX)

LoneStarBookFestival_boullosa“Literary Scenes from Far and Away” – Room CLA 114

In his Nobel Prize Lecture (2010), the writer Maria Vargas Llosa reminisced: “I learned to read at the age of five, in Brother Justiniano’s class at the De la Salle Academy in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is the most important thing that has ever happened to me. Almost seventy years later I remember clearly how the magic of translating the words in books into images enriched my life, breaking the barriers of time and space and allowing me to travel with Captain Nemo twenty thousand leagues under the sea, fight with d’Artagnan, Athos, Portos, and Aramis against the intrigues threatening the Queen in the days of the secretive Richelieu, or stumble through the sewers of Paris, transformed into Jean Valjean carrying Marius’s inert body on my back.” In this panel, listen to fiction that sweeps you away, as it did for Llosa, to far off places. You’ll hear men and women, gripped by the Christian spirit, dance barefoot in the mountains. The ice of Wisconsin will crunch beneath your feet. Accents as close as Mexico and as far away as Poland will grace your ears. In this panel, you’ll experience worlds of a different color without ever having to leave Kingwood.

Andrea Thalasinos, Fly by Night

Miroslav Penkov, Stork Mountain

Carmen Boullosa, Texas: The Great Theft

 

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Autumn in Dallas is a Many Sun-Splashed Thing

BACK from Carmen Boullosa’s incredible book tour across the state of Texas. Five days. Six readings. Four cities. Hundreds and hundreds of readers reached. Copies of TEXAS for sale across the state now ahead of the December publication date. The tour was unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who came to a reading, who put on the […]

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