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message 1: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Just checked in at Viking regarding the forthcoming Last Stories and Other Stories. He's got a few readings scheduled.
http://www.penguin.com/author/william...

July 21 @ Portland OR
July 22 @ Seattle WA
July 24 @ San Francisco CA

So if you're out there on the West end of that particular continent, mark your calendars now. More specifics at the link.


message 2: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) July 24, here I come.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Willie please leave the West for me


message 4: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey (korrick) I wonder what the 'Offsite' means in regards to the City Lights Bookstore event.


message 5: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Aubrey wrote: "I wonder what the 'Offsite' means in regards to the City Lights Bookstore event."

I suspect they anticipate swarms of people and have rented a larger facility. That's good for Bill (big crowd) but bad for the already-devoted You (big crowd to elbow through).


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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Josh wrote: "Willie please leave the West for me"

He's just waiting for the right Union Pacific grainer ; (UP goes to Chicago doesn't it?)


message 7: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan (nathandjoe) | 50 comments I have given up seeing either Bill or Joe over here in London...I guess I just have to live vicariously through you americans...


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks for posting this. I'm going to go to the July 22 event.


message 9: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Greg wrote: "Thanks for posting this. I'm going to go to the July 22 event."

Make sure he signs all of his 25 books for you. ; )


message 10: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Reposting, for your Summer Calendar needs ::

Just checked in at Viking regarding the forthcoming Last Stories and Other Stories. He's got a few readings scheduled.
http://www.penguin.com/search/authors...

July 21 @ Portland OR
July 22 @ Seattle WA
July 24 @ San Francisco CA
July 25 @ Skylight Books, Los Angeles

So if you're out there on the West end of that particular continent, mark your calendars now. More specifics at the link.



My apologies for seemingly having missed the date in LA ; it was hidden on a second page.

And sorry Josh that he doesn't appear to be passing over The Rockies this time out. Perhaps next year with The Dying Grass?


message 11: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Bumping the Vollmann Summer 2014 Tour. See comments above in this thread for time/date/place.


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Is anybody else going to a signing?


message 13: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Greg wrote: "Is anybody else going to a signing?"

I'll be flying stand=by! Wish me luck.


message 14: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Bursey (jeffbursey) | 43 comments To where, Nathan?


message 15: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Jeff wrote: "To where, Nathan?"

Um well, that's a bit awkward... ; )
But, um, fingers crossed?


message 16: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "Bumping the Vollmann Summer 2014 Tour. See comments above in this thread for time/date/place."

Another bump. Bill is on a reading tour this week. Don't miss him. You'll wanna tell your grandkids about that time you met William T. Vollmann.


message 17: by Nathan "N.R." (last edited Jul 22, 2014 10:12AM) (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Regarding the SF reading on Thursday, this ::

'William T. Vollmann will autograph books and read from “Last Stories and Other Stories” in an “undisclosed historic San Francisco location” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The event is sponsored by City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco; (415) 362-8193, www.citylights.com. The free event is open to the public, but an “invitation” is required. Get one on a first-come basis by appearing in person at the front counter of the bookstore; the venue will be revealed on the “invitation.” Details are at www.citylights.com; click on “Events and Readings.”'

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/21/6572...


message 18: by Geoff (new)

Geoff | 158 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "Regarding the SF readinong on Thursday, this ::

'William T. Vollmann will autograph books and read from “Last Stories and Other Stories” in an “undisclosed historic San Francisco location” at 7:30..."


Jim Morrison was right. The West is the best. Ride the snake, Jim. To the lake. The ancient lake, baby.


message 19: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Anyone other than Greg spot Bill at some undisclosed or disclosed location this week?


message 20: by Eric (new)

Eric | 8 comments Ah, knickers. Missed that L.A. one....!!!


message 21: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Eric wrote: "Ah, knickers. Missed that L.A. one....!!!"

Yeah I only announced it like six times!!

I've got my fingers crossed for a serious series of appearances next summer for The Dying Grass.


message 22: by Eric (new)

Eric | 8 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "Yeah I only announced it like six times!!"

Yeah--I've got the notifications disabled on this group for some reason. Probably because I hate you all.

The Dying Grass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 23: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Vollmann appearance at Singapore Writers Festival ::

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifes...

&

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifes...


message 24: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments If you missed Bill reading from Last Stories, here's something from his LA appearance ::
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijkk_...


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Larissa (TLarissa) | 15 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "If you missed Bill reading from Last Stories, here's something from his LA appearance ::
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijkk_..."


That was great! He is so hilarious...but seriously, I hope he realizes that he IS helping the world by writing about it. Telling the stories of others in his brilliant way - VERY. IMPORTANT.


message 26: by Eric (new)

Eric | 8 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "If you missed Bill reading from Last Stories, here's something from his LA appearance ::
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijkk_..."


"...and the unknickered serpent grows its scrannel limb"


message 27: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Eric wrote: ""...and the unknickered serpent grows its scrannel limb" "

I like modernism too! ; but modernism was always within its context or created its context or provided a context. Not just dropping stuff along the curb.


message 28: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Vollmann to be in Barcelona for Kosmópolis 2015 ::

http://www.lavanguardia.com/local/bar...


message 29: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments "We have a couple of interesting exhibitions that cover an array of topics coming up in the next couple years. In 2015 we'll be mounting a major show featuring the manuscripts, photography, and archival materials of noted American author, William T. Vollmann (whose literary archive we hold), and in 2016 we'll be curating exhibitions celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of our William Charvat Collection of American Fiction and focusing on our substantial Highlights for Children archive. Further afield is our upcoming fall 2017 exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation."
http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine...

So if you find yourself in the Ohio region...... somewhere between May 20 & Sept 6.....
http://library.osu.edu/projects-initi...


And just an update for the Archive ; it now comprises five divisions ::
Vollmann (RARE.CMS.98)
William T. Vollmann Collection, 1980-2000

Vollmann (RARE.CMS.187)
William T. Vollmann Collection, 2003-2004

Vollmann (RARE.CMS.188)
William T. Vollmann Collection, 2004-2005

Vollmann (RARE.CMS.318)
William T. Vollmann Collection, 2001-2007

Vollmann (RARE.CMS.347)
William T. Vollmann Collection, 2008-2010

Which are all linkable at ::
http://library.osu.edu/find/collectio...


message 30: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Finally! Now something substantive about the rumors of a Vollmann art exhibit.

Steven Wolf Fine Arts
It’s My Job to Be A Girl
Zak Smith & William T. Vollmann
January 24 - Mar 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24th, 6-9pm
http://www.stevenwolffinearts.com/dyn...

"It's My Job to Be a Girl, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Zak Smith, and photos, watercolors and oil paintings by William T. Vollmann , may have the catchiest title of the year. Vollmann, a macho war correspondent and prolific novelist, initially began dressing up as a woman to enhance his understanding of the psychology of his female characters, though these "performances" went beyond mere research and led to his construction of a chubby alter ego he christened Dolores, portrayed here in various guises and mediums. (The Book of Dolores, a collection of paintings and photographs of her, was published last year.) Identifying with the feminine and the erotic, the outcast and disdained, his visual art, shown for the first time in a gallery show, features self-portraits of the artist exploring various aspects of femininity and the murky terrain of gender. He also has photographed and painted compassionate images of the prostitutes he encountered in combat zones and brothels while working on his journalism and fiction projects. Zak Smith, known for portraits of his friends in the porn industry, is also partial to sex workers as subjects in his intricate, cartoonish, comic book-styled paintings and small-scale, detail-packed ink-on-paper artworks such as the 193-piece series Drawings Made from Around the Time I Became a Porn Star. (Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Jan. 24-Mar. 7)
"
http://ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?...

Around these parts we probably know Smith more for his Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow.


message 31: by Brian (new)

Brian | 32 comments Fantastic! I will do everything in my power to make the Saturday opening on the 24th.


message 32: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Brian wrote: "Fantastic! I will do everything in my power to make the Saturday opening on the 24th."

I was hoping you'd say that!


message 33: by David (new)

David (dgoldeninsf) | 4 comments Just a heads up. I spoke with Bill, and we should expect him to appear at 6 pm but he may leave by 7 pm.


message 34: by Brian (new)

Brian | 32 comments Mission accomplished. What a great guy - was able to talk to him for a good five minutes.

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message 35: by Geoff (new)

Geoff | 158 comments Great picture! Hell yes!


message 36: by Brian (new)

Brian | 32 comments Geoff wrote: "Great picture! Hell yes!"

Thanks! I told him I was making my way through RURD and how impressed I am that he could compile all that info without the Internet and he said that it would be impossible to do that work now using the Internet since the data is always being changed. He said he spent a lot of time in libraries putting that beast together.


message 37: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Ain't he great!! So happy you were able to make it.

And he even put on his best shirt for us. ; )


message 38: by Jeff (new)

Jeff Bursey (jeffbursey) | 43 comments Great to see this. Thanks.


message 39: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Brian wrote: "Mission accomplished. What a great guy - was able to talk to him for a good five minutes."

I get the impression you're a bit busy at the moment, but should you find a few spare minutes, we'd be interested in hearing back about the exhibit. Or also, if you see any reviews there in the local press.


message 40: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments David wrote: "Just a heads up. I spoke with Bill, and we should expect him to appear at 6 pm but he may leave by 7 pm."

Were you able to stop by, David? Any thoughts on the exhibit?


message 41: by Brian (new)

Brian | 32 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: I get the impression you're a bit busy at the moment, but should you find a few spare minutes, we'd be interested in hearing back about the exhibit. Or also, if you see any reviews there in the local press."

Yes, more time on airplanes unfortunately - apologies for the delay...

The exhibit had a collection of around 20-30 photographs that ranged from Dolores subject matter to photos of sex workers that Bill has known over the years. There were a few standouts in the bunch, but overall the photos were the least interesting of the exhibit (IMHO). Over my/Bill's shoulders in the above pic you can kinda see some of the photos.

In the center of the room there was a waist-high table, covered in clear plexiglass and containing a bound portfolio three feet by two feet - it was an impressive looking thing, like an unearthed book of the occult from some forgotten civilization. The watercolors, drawings, etc. contained therein were displayed on a HDTV monitor that cycled through all of the pieces. This was my favorite part of the exhibit and was pretty mesmerizing staring at the screen and having images flit past every five seconds or so, ad infinitum.

The last part of the exhibit was a really impressive collection of 20(?) or so oil paintings, roughly 8.5 x 11 in size, loosely connected in theme - almost all of them were faces (and included the WTV famously recognizable nose that seems to occur in all of his artwork - my wife pointed this out to me), some had a saying painted on the bottom of the frame. This was also a fun part of the exhibit to stand back and view for a few minutes to let all of the faces sink-in.


message 42: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Brian wrote: "like an unearthed book of the occult from some forgotten civilization. "

Nice! And thanks!


message 43: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 16 comments Hope its okay to pop in and say thanks to everyone for sharing their envy-inducing Volmann-experiences with the rest of us. Brian, great to see that pic of what he looks like nowadays - to me rather different than on older pics like the one Nathan is using as an avatar, but actually nicer than I'd expected. :)


message 44: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Traveller wrote: "Hope its okay to pop in and say thanks to everyone for sharing their envy-inducing Volmann-experiences with the rest of us. "

Don't know if you have your ear to the Vollmann ground, but next summer he's releasing a major new novel, The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War, for which I expect he'll be doing several readings. Stay tuned to this channel for whatever we hear about his appearance dates. You might be able to get your photo taken with Bill!


message 45: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 16 comments Nice, thanks, Nathan. Good to hear he is being so active and productive. Have some Volmann-catching-up to do!


message 46: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Traveller wrote: "Nice, thanks, Nathan. Good to hear he is being so active and productive. Have some Volmann-catching-up to do!"

Happy to hear where you head first (or is it 'next'?). Or if you're looking for suggestions ::
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 47: by Traveller (new)

Traveller (moontravlr) | 16 comments I have had a bunch of Volmann on my shelf, read a bit of Argall, then got distracted and meant to come back; but then thought I should do Ice Shirt before that rather, though I've also been wanting to do Masks for a long time now. (I'm quite a Japanophile, I must add to clarify the specific attraction there).


message 48: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments Bill was keynote speaker at Bengal Lights Literary Conclave, “Dissent, Reportage and Literature" ::
http://www.thedailystar.net/literatur...

Bill in a (near) Tux ::
http://t.co/ip1POqwFRJ
Another Bill somewhere here :
https://twitter.com/kanisahmed


message 49: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 733 comments NYC I assume, but Bill's work will be featured in a show at the Jewish Museum this fall ::

"Jewish Museum’s ‘Unorthodox’ Group Show Will Include, Among Others, Writer William T. Vollmann"
http://www.artnews.com/2015/05/19/jew...


message 50: by Brant (new)

Brant | 4 comments Apologies if this is old news and not new news, but Dying Grass book tour info is available here:

http://www.penguin.com/author/william...

So far, Portland on 8/12, San Fran on 8/13, and LA on 8/14.


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