Photos from our May 26th Book Release Party for Post-Apollo's first two books of 2010 at Books & Bookshelves. Spirits were high, the store was packed, in short, we celebrated. Thanks to everyone who came and thanks especially to David Highsmith for being such a gracious and warm host. If you are not already familiar with this bookstore, go check it out. David has the best collection of new and rare poetry chapbooks in the city, probably in California, and a great selection of full-length poetry books. The bookshelves are gorgeous and the store always smells of freshly cut wood. Many recommendations!
Denise had some kind and thoughtful things to say about Simone's commitment to experimental and cross-genre literature, and to Post-Apollo's international character and support of translation. Indeed!
Denise then gave a moving reading from her new book "The New Make Believe"(Post-Apollo). It was especially enjoyable to hear this book read aloud for its often sing-song nature and play with sound.
Angelos Sakkis (left) and John Sakkis (right) read from the original Greek and from their English translations of "Maribor"(Post-Apollo) and from "Chinese Notebook"(forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse)by Demosthenes Agrafiotis. Angelos and John traded off, Angelos reading from the Greek and John from the English. "Maribor" marks the American publication debut of Demosthenes Agrafiotis, who's work as a poet, photographer and performer is well known in Europe. It is great fun to see these two, uncle and nephew read together.
And here's everyone, that's me (Lindsey, assistant editor) in the middle, all of us beaming proudly.
I know Simone and Etel would have loved to have been there for the evening. They are currently in Beirut, recovering from the celebration of Etel's homage, the opening of an exhibition of Etel's paintings and so, so much. I recommend you read this article in The Daily Star to get any idea of what Etel in particular has been up to. Simone and Etel are two truly inspiring women.
Thank you again to Denise, John and Angelos for their inspiring readings. Hooray for 2010!