I’ve just arrived at A Studio in the Woods, where I’ll be spending the next six weeks in residence. Observations from my time here will come once I’ve settled in, but for now, it’s worth noting that the website for the 2011 Louisiana Book Festival is now live — with the list of speakers already up, and the full program of events to be announced shortly, it seems, for one brief moment, that Baton Rouge is the place to be on Saturday, October 29th.(I’ll probably be beaten with one on my arrival for saying so, but it’s a risk I’ll take.)
The Oxford American has released details of its forthcoming “Education in the South” symposium, to be held in New Orleans on October 8th at Tulane University. With representatives from across the private and public sectors — including a keynote address by Dr Patricia Crisp of the United States Department of Education — and actors from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, it looks to be a remarkable day. The symposium is free, and open to the public, and concludes with a reception at the Historic New Orleans Collection. More information is available here.
Liao Yiwu has just published a brief account of his escape from China to Germany. “For a writer,” he says, “especially one who aspires to bear witness to what is happening in China, freedom of speech and publication mean more than life itself.”
My review of “Patterns and Prototypes,” an exhibition of Robert Gordy and Tina Girouard at the Contemporary Art Center, is now up at Pelican Bomb. It’s a wonderful show — only two weeks left before it comes down, so anyone who’s interested should head on down. It’s unlikely many of these works will be displayed elsewhere for a good while.