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Monday, September 27, 2010

Gallimaufry (updated, September 30)

Four (no longer just three) short items today, dear reader, in lieu of a more sustained post.


First, Philip Graham writes to tell me that a Portuguese translation of his 2009 book The Moon, Come to Earth, is now slated to be published in the near future by Editorial Presenca, which I gather is the leading Portuguese publisher of international literature in translation. Hardcore Grahamites can also find a recent, laudatory recent review of The Moon, Come to Earth online here.


Second: I received an email press-release last week from the Tulsa City-County Library announcing that LeAnne Howe (whose current adventures as a Fulbright Scholar in Amman Jordan are chronicled here) has been named the 2011 winner of the their American Indian Author Award. You can find more information about this award--including a list of past honorees--here.


Bruce Michelson, who is a Professor in our department as well as being Director of the Campus Honors Program, is giving a talk today (September 30) at St. Louis University in commemoration of the Mark Twain centenary (which, Michelson reminds me, is something they take very seriously in the state of Missouri). There is a nice little write-up at the SLU English webpage here.


And last (alphabetically) but not least: Michael Rothberg, who is the author of an important recent book entitled Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, was a keynote speaker this past weekend at a conference in England on the theme of ... multidirectional memory. I paste this in from the conference program (which, at least for now, you can find online here):

"The term ‘multidirectional memory’, taken from Michael Rothberg’s 2009 book Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization, suggests that memories are not linear or hierarchical, but are subject to processes of negotiation, cross-referencing, and borrowing.

This two-day, interdisciplinary conference aims to look at transfers between different kinds of traumatic memory, particularly those associated with, but not limited to, slavery, the Holocaust, and the colonial past."

This is a pretty unusual honor---to have an international conference inspired by your work!

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