Literature Program
 


Monday, April 11, 2005

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The University at Buffalo, Department of English

Lydia Davis

EXHIBIT X

Presented at:
Hallwalls

Lydia Davis“Constructed in brutally perceptive and dazzlingly revelatory prose, [The End of the Story] is a stunning work.”Booklist

Monday, April 11, 2005 • 7:00 P.M.
EXHIBIT X presents a reading by
Lydia Davis
Hallwalls (Con) temporary Art Center (temporary storefront gallery)
700 Main Street, in the downtown Theater District
FREE

Lydia Davis, a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of the novel The End of the Story and three volumes of short fiction, the latest of which is Samuel Johnson is Indignant. She is also the translator of numerous works by Maurice Blanchot, Michael Leiris, Piere Jean Jouve, and many others and was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. Her essay on close translation of Proust appeared in the April 2004 issue of the Yale Review.

“Davis might be thought of as an erudite stand-up comedian, one who works philosophers’ conferences instead of nightclubs…. Samuel Johnson Is Indignant is Montaigne in a Minimalist mood.”

The New York Times Book Review

“Among the true originals of contemporary American short fiction.”
San Francisco Chronicle


Exhibit X is a co-presentation of Hallwalls and the UB English Dept., which funds the ongoing series. Writers are selected and introduced by Christina Milletti.

 
 
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