A Stellar Line-Up for April 4th Show
Saratoga Springs, NY (March 2, 2012) – Yaddo continues its collaboration with Amanda Stern’s highly acclaimed The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series in an April 4th program featuring authors Brian Evenson, Sarah Manguso, and Zoë Heller, and special musical guest Kaki King.
Last year, Yaddo and Stern entered into a partnership to produce an ongoing series of shows at Joe’s Pub in New York City to feature both established and emerging artists associated with Yaddo, from across the disciplines, and to highlight Yaddo’s rich history as one of this country’s most distinguished artist’s retreats. The theme for the April 4th show, which also will include live cartooning by Michael Arthur, is “Language and Communication”.
Evenson’s newest thriller, Immobility, due out in April, has earned early critical praise for its sharp prose and surprising conclusion. He is the author of 10 other books of fiction, most recently the limited edition novella Baby Leg, the novel Last Days (which won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009), and the story collection Fugue State. His novel The Open Curtain was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program.
The Guardians, Manguso’s just released elegy for a friend who committed suicide, is stirring up conversation across the country. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was short-listed for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, named an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and included on many top books of the year lists. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, published as one of three volumes in McSweeney’s One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. Her prose and poetry has appeared in numerous publications.
London native Heller is a journalist who, after writing book reviews for various newspapers, became a feature writer for The Independent, then wrote a weekly confessional column for the Sunday Times for four years, and now writes for The Daily Telegraph. She is the author of three novels: Everything You Know; Notes on a Scandal, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize for fiction and released as a feature film starring Cate Blanchett and Dame Judi Dench; and The Believers, which was shortlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
King, a guitarist and composer, is known for her percussive and jazz-tinged melodies, energetic live shows, and her diverse range in different genres. She was the sole woman and youngest guitarist on Rolling Stone’s recent list of "The New Guitar Gods." In addition to a 10-year career that includes five LP and two EP albums, King has scored music for television and film. She worked with Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook on the soundtrack to Sean Penn's Into the Wild, for which the trio received nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Each program in the series is curated by Stern, the novelist and Yaddo alumna who founded the Happy Ending series in 2003. Cited by The New York Times Magazine for helping to "keep downtown alive," it has been called the “most vital authors’ series in the city” by Time Out New York. Tickets for the performances are $20 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 212.967.7555