Dear bibliophiles in Munich,
This week, Amerikahaus München will host four literary events--two wonderful readings, a book swap, and a discussion of poetry (all of which are free and open to the public).
Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 4th, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the upstairs boardroom), the Amerikahaus Literary Circle will reconvene after its summer break to discuss Paterson by William Carlos Williams, which will include clips from the recent film by Jim Jarmusch and information about the upcoming selection of titles for the AHLC's next reading list. (Snickerdoodles will be served to whet our appetite for the poetry.)
Also tomorrow (Wednesday, October 4th, from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the ground-floor lecture hall), folklorist and author Lisa Yarger (co-owner, with John Browner, of The Munich Readery)--whose new, award-winning book, Lovie, was published last year by University of North Carolina Press--will use clips from the BBC's Call the Midwife series to contrast British practices of midwifery in the 1950s with those Yarger witnessed first-hand from Lovie Shelton, a British-trained midwife who worked in rural North Carolina for decades. (I just finished reading the book and loved it--finding the honest portrayal of the singular personality of her story's subject to reckon powerfully with perennial, southern issues of race, gender, poverty, religiosity, and public health in a deeply moving way.)
Thursday (October 5th, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the ground-floor lecture hall), Amerika-Institut's own Whitman specialist, Dr. Sascha Pöhlmann, will moderate a reading of Das abendteuerliche Leben des Jack Engle, a new German translation by Stefan Schöberlein of the recently discovered novel by Walt Whitman. (A native of Bochum, Schöberlein is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa, the managing editor of Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and a research assistant for Walt Whitman Archive; two years ago, I attended a presentation of his on Whitman at LMU and was much struck by both the clarity and profundity of its insights.)
Sunday (October 8th, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the ground-floor garage), the second Amerikahaus English-language book swap will take place. Last time around, the divers breadth of titles was extraordinary; this one, with word-of-mouth, should be even better: So, bring along your old books to exchange for "new" ones. Refreshments--coffee and baked goods (including snickerdoodles)--
will be available as will volunteers to answer your questions about the Amerikahaus (including its return to Karolinenplatz in 2018), the Bavarian American Academy, the Amerikahaus Verein, and the Amerikahaus Literary Circle.
Appended here is a map to find the present venue (Barer Strasse 19 A, the Karolinenplatz tram stop) of Amerikahaus München along with links for more information about the events.
I look forward to seeing you there.