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Sebald Events June & July 2012

Norwich was recently named the sixth UNESCO City of Literature.  (I happen to live near one of the others, Iowa City, so I know what this designation can mean for a town.)  The Norwich Writers’ Centre has all the information, including the city’s bid document, which outlines Norwich’s literary tradition, which, of course, includes W.G. Sebald.  The Centre now hosts an annual summer event called Worlds Literature Festival,which promises to be a really big deal.  Among the many lieterary figures who will be there in 2012 are J.M. Coetzee, Jeanette Winterson, Tim Parks, Michael Ondaatje, and Teju Cole, author of one of my favorite novels of the 21st century Open City.

A few days later, you’ll want to move about 266 miles southwest of Norwich to Bridport for “Celebrating Sebald” at the Bridport Arts Centre, July 1 at 7:00 PM.  Here’s their promotional write-up:

MAX SEBALD’S LEGACY
UWE SCHÜTTE, Reader in German at Aston University, reflects on Max Sebald’s life and work.  Dr Schütte’s study of Sebald’s critical writings will be published next year.  Screening of PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD).  Introduced by the producer, GARETH EVANS, this new ninety-minute documentary is based on W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn – an internationally acclaimed account of a meandering walk through Suffolk, the people he meets, the places he visits and the historical and literary reflections prompted by what he sees and senses, taking his mind around the world.

Tickets £10 from the Bridport Arts Centre Box Office
9 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR
Tel: 01308 424204 email: info@bridport-arts.com

And if you’re simply too impatient to wait for either of these events, here’s just the thing.  Episode Three of the great new podcast That Other Word has a terrific line-up of topics of great interest to Sebald readers.   Here’s their description of what you’ll hear:

In this rather German conversation, Daniel Medin and Scott Esposito discuss the melancholy and pleasure in the most recent collection of W.G. Sebald’s poetry to appear in English, Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems 1964-2001. History is a found object in Sebald, and also in December, a wintry advent calendar of thirty-nine short stories by Alexander Kluge and thirty-nine photographs by Gerhard Richter. Robert Walser’s The Walk may induce laughing out loud at the wilderness, and the thirtieth anniversary of Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop’s Autonauts of the Cosmoroute should inspire some very leisurely drives from Paris to Marseilles.

In the second half of the episode, Scott Esposito interviews Benjamin Moser, author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector. Moser has recently re-translated Lispector’s last novel, The Hour of the Star, and is currently editing a series of four of her earlier works for New Directions (Near to the Wild Heart, A Breath of Life, Agua Viva, and The Passion According to G.H.). He talks about falling in love with Lispector, his missionary urge to promote her work, The Hour of the Star’s stylistic strangeness and surprising pathos, and why online grammar forums make the work of translation less lonely.

The podcast lasts about an hour and can be listened to right here, right now.

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