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Brooklyn Book Festival (Brooklyn, NY)

Deep Vellum is proud to announce two of our authors will be featured at the Brooklyn Book Festival in beautiful downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, September 18th, 2016! Our authors will be announced with the full lineup soon, check back for more details!

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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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Leila Chudori: Look of Silence Movie Screening & Discussion @ Alamo Drafthouse (Dallas)

LOOK OF SILENCE PosterFree screening (w/ reservation) of Oscar-nominated documentary The Look of Silence, the follow-up to The Act of Killing, which follows a family of survivors who discover how their son was murdered during Suharto’s 1965 genocide in Indonesia – and the identity of the men who murdered him. After the film, Deep Vellum author Leila S. Chudori will discuss the film, her novel Home, and her work as a journalist with the Alamo Drafthouse’s Joe Fay, looking at issues related to the political exiles and victims of the same genocide, and the legacy of 1965’s tragedy in Indonesia today. The Wild Detectives will be on hand to sell books.

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A Week in #LiteraryDallas

In the new #LiteraryDallas (check the hashtag, The Wild Detectives & us are spreading the love, get into it!), life is packed with literary events. Tonight, the Austin-based Writers’ League of Texas is  presenting a panel discussion on the topic: “Being a Good Literary Citizen” with authors Sanderia Faye, Karen Blumenthal, Jeramey Kraatz, and our very […]

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Writers’ League of Texas: Being a Good Literary Citizen Panel

The Writers’ League is excited to host this free & open to the public panel discussion in the Dallas area.

The label “writer” can often be associated with a solitary existence — a lone figure bent over a computer or notebook for hours at a stretch, at a desk for one, in a room of one’s own.

But, while alone time for writing is important, it’s also important to remember that there’s a rich, diverse and active community that exists for writers. And there are myriad ways that we as writers can participate in that literary community; ways we can connect with each other to establish our creative tribe.

Our distinguished panelists will offer thoughts and guidance regarding the ways we can support and uplift each other, engage in the larger literary community (not always easy for the shy and reserved among us), adhere to some do’s and don’t’s on social media and elsewhere, approach giving and receiving criticism (especially with regard to reviewing other writers’ books), and just generally behave ourselves, play nice, and make lasting connections.

While RSVPing ahead of time isn’t required for admission, if you know you’ll be joining us on the 11th please take a few minutes to click on the RSVP so that we’ll have an idea of how many people to expect. Much appreciated!

Hope to see you in Dallas on January 11th! Any questions? Call us at 512-499-8914 or email wlt@writersleague.org. Check this page for updates!

This event will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver and our distinguished panelists will be…

Karen Blumenthal, a long-time Dallas journalist, is an award-winning author of nonfiction for young people. Her most recent books areTommy: The Gun that Changed America (2015) and Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History (out Jan. 12).




Will Evans is the publisher and executive director for Deep Vellum Publishing, which he founded in the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum in Dallas in 2013. Deep Vellum is a not-for-profit publishing house that operates with the mission to publish the highest quality works of world literature in English translation, to promote translation as a vital part of our literary culture, and to foster a more vibrant literary community in Dallas and beyond. Evans graduated from Emory University in 2005 with degrees in Russian and History, then worked in the music business in Los Angeles and Austin before receiving a Master’s degree in Russian Culture from Duke University in 2012. His love of world literature and experience with translating Russian literature led him to start Deep Vellum to help address the “three percent problem” (the estimate of how many books in translation are published in English each year) and to provide a much-needed channel to build a readership for the world’s great untranslated literature in English.
Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015). She is a PhD student at the University of North Texas, and received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in various literary journals such as the Collagist, and in a history book, Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. She is co-founder of Kimbilio (A Community for Writers and Scholars).

Jeramey Kraatz is the author of the children’s book series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins. His essays and short fiction have been featured in places like Salon, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Gizmodo. Jeramey is a graduate of the MFA writing program at Columbia University and currently teaches writing at Texas Christian University.


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