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Saturday, September 25, 2010

October Launchings of "Giraffes in Hiding ..." : MARSHALL, PROVIDENCE, NYC & CHICAGO

 Announcing the Emergence and Grand October Launchings of “Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack (Spuyten Duyvil Press)
(Discount for Those Who Can’t Come to the Readings)

So … What About & Why Read the Hiding Giraffes? Here’s a Bit of Promo Buzz:
“THE most seductive, original, impacting work I have seen for years. A fascinating combination of Kerouacian street-talk plus a trip through the museum of Modern Art in Chicago, plus a nod-off to Kosty's furthest out experimentalism. Magnifique!”  -- Hugh Fox
"Carol Novack’s Giraffes in Hiding mirrors our weltanschauung by using its own language against it or by using its own language to pry open the circus hidden within it. If we say the world is insane or we say the world is a manic whirl, Novack embraces manic insanity with a great hug of laughter. She flings images, characters, ideas, and language around until they all, finally losing, - no, abandoning - their moorings,  collide, crash, ka-bang one into another creating nuclear reactions of the non-sense that is even Emily Dickinson’s “divine sense,” although Novack would certainly hurl those two words (and that idea) against each other until they radiated. To read this book is to bring the giraffes out of hiding!" -- Martin Nakell
In “Giraffes in Hiding” Carol Novack proves once again that she is the all-time champion of wild, wigged out, original prose/ poetry and poetic prose. The first full-length collection of her work, subtitled “The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack,” is a feast of fusions, inventions, myths, dreams, forms, and possibilities. There’s no one like Novack, and here she is at her best as she chases her ontological tail round and round the intelligible, unknown worlds of her subconscious (and ours). Think Alice in Wonderland on acid simultaneously dancing with Tristan Tzara, Rimbaud, Oedipus, Pandora, Gertrude Stein, Proust, Kerouac, and that weird kid next door who ate all of the heads off your Barbie Dolls and you’ll begin to get a feel for what she’s up to.  -- Mary Mackey
 “Carol Novack is a conundrum to literary editors whose ideas of poetry and fiction as forms are rigid. To such editors, Novack might say, as one of her personae does, ‘Your imagination has closed walls.’ The best term for Novack’s typical literary form— flash fiction qua prose poem qua fusion—is Novack’s own, invention. Her eloquent inventions are witty, lyrical, and new, even as they reinvent the themes of family, myth, art, and self. The crux of Novack’s art is her imaginative power to bring alternate realities to vibrant life.”  -- Larissa Shmailo

“She’s great at creating a Freudian cage, & trapping the reader in it. 'Tis very powerful.”  --Rae Desmond Jones

 “She has the literary equivalent of perfect pitch, like those musicians who can specify the hertz of birds and burps. Uncanny tympani!”  -- Tom Bradley


Tuesday, OCTOBER 5, 2010, 7:30 pm
French Broad Institute
68 N. Main Street (church across from firehouse)
Marshall, NC
With Ann Bogle & Musician/s TBA


Sunday, OCTOBER 17, 6:30 pm
302 Wickenden Street
With Matt Bell, John Cotter, & Adam Golask


Tuesday, October 19th, 7 pm
Tillie’s of Brooklyn
248 DeKalb Ave.
With Heller Levinson
See press release for details


Friday, OCTOBER 22, 2010, 7 pm
302 Broome Street, NYC
(between Forsyth & Eldridge)
Hosts:  Hon. Tod Thilleman, Publisher, & Hon. Nava Renek, Managing Editor,

Coming from the mountains of Western North Carolina to the lowlands of The Lower East Side, Carol will read from her spectacularly illustrated book with friends who will also read tidbits from their own repertoires:

Ann Bogle, whose short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Big Bridge, Mad Hatters' Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Metazen, and other journals.  Her chapbooks are XAM: Paragraph Series, dog barks up a tree at the apple left in it under a deerslim moon, and most recently, Solzhenitsyn Jukebox (Argotist Ebooks).  See her blog.

Vivian Demuth, author of the ecological novel, Eyes of the Forest, and the poetry chapbook, Breathing Nose Mountain. Each summer, she hosts a Poetry on the Peaks event at a Forestry fire lookout where she works in the Rocky Mountains. Her fiction and poetry have been published in journals in Canada, Mexico, Europe and the United States. See her website. 

Patricia Eakins, author of The Hungry Girls and Other Stories and The Marvelous Adventures of Pierre Baptiste (a novel) which won both the NYU Press Prize for Fiction and the Capricorn Fiction Award of the Writer’s Voice. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Conjunctions, and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction.

Bob Heman, prose poet extraordinaire, author of several collections and publisher of the inventive journal CLWN WR. Some of his "Information" pieces are included in the new anthology, An Introduction to the Prose Poem, published by Firewheel Editions in 2009. 

George Spencer, a resident of Ecuador part of the year, started the first poetry slam in Quito. He co-produces Thin Air Poetry Cable Show, NYC. Recent poems are in Adirondack Review, Spinozablue, Fieralingue (Italy) and Retort (Australia).

Yuriy Tarnawsky, author of more than two dozen books of poetry, drama, and fiction both in Ukrainian and English.  A linguist by training, he has worked as a computer scientist specializing in natural language processing and as professor of Ukrainian literature at Columbia U.  His latest book is a collection of mininovels: Like Blood in Water (FC2, 2007).



Friday, October 29th, 7 pm
1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
With Eckhard Gerdes, Joseph Suglia, & Garrett Cook


Saturday, October 30th, 7 pm
1564 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622-2008
(773) 862-4882

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