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Library Book Club

Friday, October 18th – Friday, October 18th, 12:30 PM–1:30 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In 2013, the library will ask individuals from varied backgrounds to select a title that has been meaningful to them. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance by emailing library@poetryfoundation.org.

October’s curator, John Rich, selected Wassily Kandinsky’s Sounds (translated by Elizabeth Napier) for the following reasons:

“Most people know Kandinsky as an abstract painter, a meticulous craftsman of shape and color. Kandinsky was also agile with words, and this collection of poems experiments with sound and story in a way that exuberantly showcases the same shamanistic magic of his paintings. Paired with unrelated black and white woodcuts, the poems dance on the page, but they are best read aloud."
John Rich is the director of the Guild Literary Complex and a founding member of Chicago Writers House and Chicago Book Expo. He earned an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also teaches writing and creativity in the Continuing Studies program. He is a recipient of the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a Ragdale Foundation residency in writing. He co-founded the collaborative theater group Attention Deficit Drama (1997-2003) and currently performs with Every house has a door.

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