News 2017

One way of saying it:

Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea

Another way of saying it: Ghostface Killah be on some “now you see me, now you don’t” shit.

A third way of saying it: Hussssssssssh.

A fourth way of saying it: A whitemargin stargazer lies half-buried on a reef off Komodo Island, Indonesia, waiting for a small fish to swim by.

A fifth way of saying it: Here’s American silent movie comedian Buster Keaton (1895-1966), wearing a diving suit for a scene from The Navigator, released in 1924.

A sixth way of saying it: 2017 is devoted to collecting new words.

A few dates:

  • Invasion! is being performed in Thessaloniki, Greece until January 31. Trailer:

February: New paperback versions of One Eye Red, Montecore and I Call My Brothers released in Sweden. Design: Håkan Liljemärker.

  • February 9: Swedish Museum of Performing Arts (Scenkonstmuseet) opens in Stockholm. Invasion! is one of three plays featured in the permanent exhibition.
  • February 9: I Call My Brothers premiers in Stockholm, at Oktoberteatern.
  • February 9 (again!): I Call My Brothers opens at the Cleveland Public Theatre.
  • February 18: Invasion! premiers in Bamberg, Germany,
  • February 22: I Call My Brothers premiers in Kiel, Germany.
  • February 28: Everything I Don’t Remember is published in the Netherlands.
  • March 10: Apathy For Beginners premiers in Montreuil, France.
  • March 15: Everything I Don’t Remember is published in Germany. Visit at Lit.Cologne, literature festival, Cologne.
  • March 29-April 1: Incroci di civiltà Festival, Venice, Italy.
  • April 21: I Call My Brothers premiers in Linz, Austria.
  • April 22: Invasion! premiers in Brussels, Belgium.
  • April 22: ≈ [Almost Equal To] has been chosen by Comédie-Française to be read as part of a reading series of contemporary plays. Translation by Marianne Ségol-Samoy. At Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier, Paris, Saturday April 22. Tickets are free but need to be reserved, at 01 44 58 15 15 or “au guichets”.
  • April 24: Invasion! premiers in Göttingen, Germany.
  • May: Everything I Don’t Remember is being published in France, by Actes Sud.
  • May 9: I Call My Brothers premiers in Brussels, Belgium.
  • May 10: Apathy For Beginners premiers in Ulm, Germany.
  • May 13: Discussion with Herman Koch at festival in Bruges, Belgium. Later same night: discussion and reading at the International Literature Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • May 27-28: Head Read, Literature festival in Tallin, Estonia.
  • June 3-4: Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, US.
  • September 6-8: Reykjavík International Literary Festival, Iceland.
  • September 8-10: Festivaletteratura, Mantua Literature Festival, Italy.
  • October 19-22: London Literature Festival, UK.

And yes: Joyce Carol Oates chose Everything I Don’t Remember as one of her three favourite books of 2016. Full text here: Times Literary Supplement.

And here is the key note delivered at the National Book Festival in Washington DC.