Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
I was sad to have to miss the first Welcome Table Press Symposium on the Essay. But the next one is coming in October. From their site:
Join us at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus on Saturday, October 15, 2011, for our next symposium, “In Praise of the Essay: Practice & Form.” Our honoree is Phillip Lopate. Speakers include Robin Hemley, Barbara Hurd, Helen Benedict, Joshua Wolf Shenk, and Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr (creators of Idiots’ Books).
More information and registration forms available at the Welcome Table web site.
Monday, May 9th, 2011
Thanks to Theresa Kishkan for the link to this article from The Guardian about a new UK press dedicated to the essay. The press is called Notting Hill Editions, and so far, it looks as if they will republish classics of the genre, with forewords by noted contemporary authors. As is usual with this type of book, sometimes what interests most of all is the pairing. What will Margaret Drabble have to say about Georges Perec? What might Christopher Ricks say about Regency raconteur Samuel Rogers’ Table Talk? The introductory essays promise to bring new perspective on the older works and make them fresh for a new generation.
If you visit the Notting Hill web site, you can read Lucasta Miller’s defence of the essay in full.
The site also includes an excellent library of classic essays.