Thursday, August 31, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books presents the Launch Party for A Doll for Throwing, the new collection from award-winning poet and Washington University professor Mary Jo Bang! Refreshments will be served.
A Doll for Throwing takes it title from Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher's Wurfpuppe, a flexible and durable woven doll that, if thrown, would land with grace. A ventriloquist is also said to “throw” her voice into a doll that rests on the knee. Mary Jo Bang’s prose poems in this fascinating book create a speaker who had been a part of the Bauhaus school in Germany a century ago and who had also seen the school’s collapse when it was shut by the Nazis in 1933. Since this speaker is not a person but only a construct, she is also equally alive in the present, and gives voice to the conditions of both time periods: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism.
“Bang’s impeccable collection reads as a ‘circular mirror of the social order,’ reflecting the historicity of our current moment with wit, subtlety, and grace.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Doll for Throwing from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.