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December 6, 2013
November 29, 2013
New book: Ironmom: Training and Racing with a Family of Seven, by Mette Harrison *95 (Familius)
November 22, 2013
New book: Coney Island Pilgrims, by John Hennessy ’87 (The Ashland Poetry Press)
November 15, 2013
New book: Grant Wood’s Iowa: A Visitor’s Guide, by Wende Elliott ’90 and William Balthazar Rose *89 (The Countryman Press)
November 8, 2013
Solo exhibitions: “Flushing Creek into Bowery Bay: Selections from the Islands of New York,” and “The Islands and Waterways of New York City,” two exhibitions of photographs by Accra Shepp ’84.
November 1, 2013
New book: Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South, by Barbara Krauthamer *00 (University of North Carolina Press)
October 25, 2013
New book: My 1980s & Other Essays, by Wayne Koestenbaum *88 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
October 18, 2013
By Erin McDonough ’14
October 11, 2013
October 4, 2013
The performances: Pocket Opera Players is presenting world premieres of two one-act operas: Re-Routed by John Eaton ’57 *59 with libretto by his daughter Estela Eaton, and The Death of Webern by Michael Dellaira with libretto by J. D. McClatchy.
Dates and location: October 10, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m. at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City.
The composer: Eaton founded the Pocket Opera Players in 1993. His “pocket operas” are hour-long productions that require only a handful of instrumentalists and vocalists performing on minimalist sets, and can be mounted on a modest budget. Eaton frequently collaborates with his daughter, the poet and librettist Estela Eaton. They recently worked together on another pocket opera, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ’17’s short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
September 27, 2013
New book: Conjured, by Sarah Beth Durst ’96 (Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers)
The author: Durst, who writes fantasy fiction for teenagers, has been drawn to magical worlds — dragons, griffins, and fairy-tale kingdoms — since her youth. She calls Conjured “the creepiest book I’ve ever written.” Durst is the author of Enchanted Ivy, which is set at Princeton during Reunions; Ice; Into the Wild; Out of the Wild; Drink, Slay, Love; and Vessel, which won the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature.
The book: Eve finds herself in a paranormal witness-protection program with no memory of her past. She is told that a magic-wielding serial killer is hunting her down. There is something horrifying in her memories that the people hiding her want to access. At night she dreams about a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. By day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do unusual things — like make the birds in her wallpaper fly around the room. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her.
September 20, 2013
The musicians: This indie orchestral rock band is made up of former members of Princeton’s orchestras and jazz bands. Evan Younger told PAW in a 2010 profile, that they like to think that “we rock as hard as a real rock band.” Miracles of Modern Science has released the CDs Dog Year and MEEMS. (Drummer Tyler Pines ’09 recently left the band.)