New Writing Series reading by Maggie Nelson and Daniel Tiffany

Maggie Nelson is a poet, scholar, critic, and creative nonfiction writer. Her books of nonfiction include a work of cultural and art criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, which also named it an Editors’ Choice and Notable Book of the Year); a meditation on the color blue, Bluets (2009); a work of poetry criticism, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007; winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship); and The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (2003) and Shiner (2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award). Her next book, The Argonauts, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. Since 2005, she has been on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine slim volumes of poetry and literary theory, including My Silver Planet:  A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Neptune Park (Omnidawn), which landed on the Poetry Foundation’s list of “Staff Picks” for 2013.  Earlier collections of poetry include Privado (Action Books) andThe Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press).  His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, New American Writing, jubilat, Verse, Lana Turner, and other journals.  Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda.  He has been awarded the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, a Whiting Fellowship, and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy.

Artists’ books are a distinct art form that moves the book beyond the traditional codex form. The San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, a collaboration between the San Diego Book Arts group and the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives, demonstrates that artists will ensure that there are more and more different kinds of books than ever.  The selections for this exhibition include fine press books, sculptural bookworks, and books that unfold in unconventional ways. From more than 200 entries from all parts of the U.S., these 61 books will entertain, amaze, edify, and stretch the definition of “a book.”

Artists’ books are a distinct art form that moves the book beyond the traditional codex form. The San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition, a collaboration between the San Diego Book Arts group and the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives, demonstrates that artists will ensure that there are more and more different kinds of books than ever.  The selections for this exhibition include fine press books, sculptural bookworks, and books that unfold in unconventional ways. From more than 200 entries from all parts of the U.S., these 61 books will entertain, amaze, edify, and stretch the definition of “a book.”

Happy talk like a pirate day!

The above images are from Bucaniers of America, by Alexander Olivier Exquemelin, published in London: 1684, which is part of our online exhibit: Pirates in Print. Curated by Dr. Mark G. Hanna of the UC San Diego Department of History, the exhibition illustrates sea life during the “golden age of piracy,” as well as more modern works that demonstrate the continuing influence of pirates in popular culture.

Catalog record

Piratical seizure of the brig Admiral Trowbridge by part of her crew, while lying at anchor off the Island of Sooloo, August 21, 1807 communicated by Capt. Alexander Wallace : including the murder of Mr. C. B. Lloyd and the narrow escape of Mr. William Sharpe. Also the captivity and cruel treatment of M. de Brisson, on the coast of Barbary, between 1807 and 1810
Catalog record

Piratical seizure of the brig Admiral Trowbridge by part of her crew, while lying at anchor off the Island of Sooloo, August 21, 1807 communicated by Capt. Alexander Wallace : including the murder of Mr. C. B. Lloyd and the narrow escape of Mr. William Sharpe. Also the captivity and cruel treatment of M. de Brisson, on the coast of Barbary, between 1807 and 1810

Catalog record

LXXX sermons, preached by that learned and reverend divine, John Donne, 1640 (448 MB PDF)
Each group of sermons has special half-title
Numerous errors in paging.
Bound with: Donne, John, 1573-1631. Fifty sermons. London : Printed by Ja. Flesher for M.F., J. Marriot, and R. Royston, 1649
UCSD’s copy has bookplate of Don Cameron Allen; handwritten notes in margin; lacks title page and engraved added half-title
Catalog Record

LXXX sermons, preached by that learned and reverend divine, John Donne, 1640 (448 MB PDF)

Each group of sermons has special half-title

Numerous errors in paging.

Bound with: Donne, John, 1573-1631. Fifty sermons. London : Printed by Ja. Flesher for M.F., J. Marriot, and R. Royston, 1649

UCSD’s copy has bookplate of Don Cameron Allen; handwritten notes in margin; lacks title page and engraved added half-title

Catalog Record