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Literary Nites 2020-21

The Mystic Cords of Memory:
Treasury and Guardian of All Things Past!
August 25    
Aleksandar Hemon: The Memoirs of Aleksandar Hemon: How Memory Populates Fiction

Texts: Aleksandar Hemon: The Book of My Lives; My Parents/This Does Not Belong to You; Love and Obstacles

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. His other works include three books of nonfiction, My Parents/ This Does Not Belong to You and The Book of My Lives, the novel The Making of Zombie Wars, journalism, screenplays, and content for the Netflix original show Sense8. He is one of the writers for Matrix 4, now being filmed in Berlin. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Hemon has taught at Northwestern University, New York University, and is now at Princeton University.
Garry Leonard: Songs of Innocence and Experience: the Photographs of Sally Mann and Nabokov's Lolita

exts: Sally Mann: Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs; Nabokov: Lolita

Garry Leonard, Professor of English at U of T, is widely published on James Joyce, Comp Lit, and Cultural Studies. His current project is Making it Now: Modernism, Modernity and Cinema. With his wife Deirdre Flynn, he has coauthored Where All the Ladders Start: 20th Century Western Culture in Literature and Film and When Harry Met Godzilla: How Hollywood Genres Hold the Key to Your Personality. He has also written a novel entitled Proxy.
Elizabeth Hay: See You Tomorrow Every Day: How Caring for My Parents Rewrote My Past and Future

Text: Elizabeth Hay: All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir

Elizabeth Hay is the Giller Prize-winning author of ten books, including five novels. Her latest book, All Things Consoled: A Daughter's Memoir, won the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction. Elizabeth Hay lives in Ottawa.

Catherine Gildiner: Good Morning Monster: Unpacking Psychological Mysteries

Text: Catherine Gildiner: Good Morning Monster: Five Heroic Journeys to Recovery

Catherine Gildiner has written three best-selling memoirs and a novel. Her latest book, Good Morning Monster: Five Heroic Journeys to Recovery, is a non-fiction book about patients from her twenty-five year psychology practice who, despite their desolate childhoods, have overcomne their traumas and managed to survive. The book looks at their resilience and what traits they used to persevere.

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Coming up on Tuesday, September 29, at 4:00 PM

Professor Garry Leonard on

Songs of Innocence and Experience: the Photographs of Sally Mann
and Nabokov's Lolita

Sally Mann: Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs; Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita

Supplementary Texts

Vladimir Nabokov: Speak Memory

Azar Nafisi: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Kate Elizabeth Russell: My Dark Vanessa

Additional Readings and Viewings

Richard B. Woodward: "The Disturbing Photography of Sally Mann": pdf

Sally Mann: adapted from Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
: pdf

Why Sally Mann's Photographs Can Still Make Viewers Uncomfortable: pdf

More on The Debate Around Sally Mann's Photographs: pdf

Mann's Photos from Artnet Auctions (only good until Sept. 10): link

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann: Available with a Toronto Public Library Card on Kanopy

Relevant to Mann and Nabokov: the Southern Gothic and Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher": pdf

My Dark Vanessa and Lolita: the Atlantic: pdf

More on My Dark Vanessa: pdf

Jane's Potpourri of Extra Reading

The 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years: pdf

50 Bite-sized Short Stories: pdf

Are you in the mood for some gossip?
Here's an article about Erica Jong and Martha Stewart. It's by Molly Jong-Fast, Erica Jong's daughter and Howard Fast's granddaughter: pdf