“The Future of the Book and Other Quandaries” Upcoming Events


The Future of the Book and Other Quandaries

Please join us as Literary Agent Michele Rubin, of Writer’s House in New York, discusses “The Future of the Book” on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. She is the first speaker in the Humanities Center’s second 2010-2011 lectures series: Digital Humanities: The Future of the Book and Other Quandaries. Please see attached flyer and below for details.

The Future of the Book
and Other Quandaries

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
DePaul Student Center, 314
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
5:30 reception • 6:00 lecture
Michele Rubin
Literary Agent, Writer’s House, New York “The Future of the Book”

In the last 10 years, digital technology has changed the human landscape as significantly as the Gutenberg Bible did in the 15th century. It is swiftly evolving and growing and changing our culture in ways that we cannot always see and with consequences we cannot always unravel. The most profound and immediate impact is on the concept of the written word — what gets written, published, taught, remembered. Literary agent Michele Rubin will discuss some of these changes and their impact on the book and on the humanities.

Michele Rubin is a Senior Literary Agent at Writers House, one of the largest and most successful agencies in the world. She represents a range of writers, focusing mostly on non-fiction. She is also the Literary Agent for the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr, and was responsible for the creation of the new King Legacy Series Imprint at Beacon Press.

This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming DePaul Author Events

Mark your calendars! DePaul professors and authors will be participating in readings around the city this fall. Don’t miss out on these fabulous opportunities below:

TONIGHT: Thursday, September 30

Amina Gautier, a new assistant professor of English, joins author Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry) and other writers for a discussion entitled “Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Heroines–A New Paradigm for the Modern Heroine.”

                       Women & Children First Bookstore
                       5233 N. Clark St.
                       7:30 p.m. panel

Tuesday, October 12: Rebecca Johns Trissler, another new assistant professor of English, launches her latest novel, The Countess, with an event at the Sulzer Public Library in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.

                        Sulzer Library
                        4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
                        7 p.m. reading

Tuesday, October 19: Toni Morrison

 This event is sold out, but the DePaul English Department is offering an opportunity for students to win a free general admission ticket for this One Book One Chicago Keynote Lecture. See Cathy Clark at the English Department for details.

                         Symphony Center
                         220 S. Michigan Ave.
                         7 p.m. lecture

Thursday, October 21: Amina Gautier & Rebecca Johns Trissler

Please welcome the two newest members of our tenure-track faculty. This event, sponsored by the Visiting Writers Program, will celebrate Amina’s recent Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, as well as the publication of Rebecca’s new novel, The Countess.

                            McGowan South 104
                            1110 W. Belden
                            6 p.m. readings
Tuesday, October 26: Michele Rubin, a literary agent at Writer’s House in New York, will give a talk on “The Future of the Book.” This event, sponsored by the DePaul Humanities Center, should be of great interest to all creative-writing students.

                            DePaul Student Center 314
                            2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
                            6 p.m. lecture

Wednesday, October 27: Reginald Gibbons

In an event sponsored by the DePaul Humanities Center, Gibbons, a recent National Book Award finalist, will read from his new collection, Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories.

                            Richardson Library
                            Dorothy Day Room, 400Richardson Library
                            2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
                            6 p.m. reading

Banned Books Week: Collaborative “Howl” Reading

On Friday, October 1, The University Center for Writing-based Learning will be hosting a marathon reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” followed by a round-table discussion about the poem, censorship, book banning etc.

As many of you know, Ginsberg was one of the most well-known poets of the Beat Generation, and his poem “Howl” caused an outrage due to explicit drug and sexual references. In May of 1957, customs officials in London seized over 500 copies of the poem as it was being printed, and Ginsberg was brought to trial for obscenity. In the end, his publisher won the case.

The reading will take place from 12-3 in the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) pit, with reserved times for reading from 12-2. Each reader will be given 5 minutes to read, and if the poem, from beginning to end, takes longer than the 2 hours, drop-in readers will be welcome to join. At 3, we will move the discussion to a first-floor room in SAC, where we will offer refreshments, and people will be free to speak and to share opinions, historical context, and implications of censorship, book banning, and “Howl.”

If anyone is interested in reading, please email Kim Anderson at KANDER58@depaul.edu with your availability during the 12-2 reading, and she will assign you a time to read based on your convenience. Please arrive at the SAC pit to check in at least 10 minutes before your slot, so that you have ample time to find “where we are” in the reading. Likewise, if anyone would like to bring up any specific issues during the discussion, please email Kim and she will add your topic to the agenda.