From Graywolf Press's Art of series of books on the craft of writing.
The Art of Death grew from her experience mourning the death of her mother, and it is an exceptional blend of critical and personal writing. If writers are told to “write what you know,” death is the one thing that is ultimately unknowable: we witness the moment right before, or right after, but the reality remains elusive, and writers unavoidably focus on life. In this astute and intimate work of criticism, Danticat assesses how writers as different as Toni Morrison, Taye Selasi, and C.S. Lewis have approached death, grief, and loss, and it culminates with her channeling the voice of her mother. It’s impossible to emerge unmoved from this profound and incisive book.
Solmaz Sharif - November 15-16, 2017
Book Reading November 16, 2017
A Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry One of The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2016 A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016 A Washington Post Best Poetry Collection of 2016 One of The New Yorker's Books We Loved in 2016 One of the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Recommended Books of 2016.
"[An] excellent debut collection...In sharif's rendering, 'Look' is at once a command to see and to grieve the people these words describe - and also a means of implicating the reader in the violence delivered upon these people...an artful lexicographer, Sharif shows us that the diameter of a word is often as devastating as the diameter of a bomb." - The New York Times Book Review
These events are presented in collaboration with Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University with support from the Manitou Fund.