Join us to celebrate the release of two new books, Crudo by Olivia Laing and Evolution, a new collection of poetry by Eileen Myles.
In Eileen Myles' first all-new collection of poems since 2011's Snowflake/different streets—and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice—here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts—like nobody else—the way we speak (inside and out) today. Evolution, with its channeling of Quakers, Fresca, and cell phones, radiates vital insight, purpose, and risk.
Fast-paced and frantic, Olivia Laing's Crudo unfolds in real time from the perspective of a commitment-phobic artist who might be Kathy Acker. From a Tuscan hotel for the super-rich to a Brexit-paralyzed United Kingdom, Kathy spends the first summer of her forties adjusting to the idea of a lifelong commitment. Meanwhile, fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is heating up, and Trump is tweeting the world ever closer to nuclear war. In Crudo, her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel with a fierce, compassionate account of learning to love when the end of the world seems in sight.
Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. She writes for the Guardian, the New York Times, and Frieze, among many other publications. Her books include Crudo, The Trip to Echo Spring, and The Lonely City which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and translated into fifteen languages. The recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize in nonfiction, she lives in London, England.
Eileen Myles has published twenty books of poetry, art journalism, and fiction and libretti. They are a Guggenheim Fellow, have received the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America and a Lambda Award for lesbian fiction, and were named to the Whiting/Slate Second Novel List. They also received an arts writers grant from Creative Capital/ the Warhol Foundation and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. They live in Marfa, Texas, and New York.