Two of Boston’s great literati (and my friends, which makes them even greater, natch) team up this Thursday night for readings in the Newtonville Books series. Askold Melnyczuk will read from his new novel, The House of Widows, Sven Birkerts from his new work, The Art of Time in Memoir, both published by the powerful little Graywolf Press.
The two mens’ lives intersect most notably through Agni, the literary magazine now published at Boston University. Askold, director of the writing program at University of Massachusetts/Boston and publisher with Alex Johnson of Arrowsmith Books, founded the magazine in 1972 while a young student at Antioch College; Sven, recently named director of the Bennington graduate writing program, has been its editor since 2003.
See you there: 7 PM, Thursday, March 20, Newtonville Books, 296 Walnut Street, Newtonville, Mass.
Photo: Askold reading from Ambassador of the Dead, Fiction Book Club, Feb 15, 2005, my house