Friday 13th December 6:30pm
Join us in the library for a book signing party for artist Rosy Lamb’s exquisite first picture book, Paul Meets Bernadette, a tale of love and lunacy between two goldfish.
Paul is a fish who used to go around in circles. He made big circles and little circles. He circled from left to right and from right to left. He circled from top to bottom and from bottom to top. What else was there to do? Until one day Bernadette drops in and shows Paul that there is a whole world out there, right outside his bowl, with so many things to see. A banana-shaped boat! A blue elephant with a spoutlike trunk (be quiet when she’s feeding her babies)! A lovely lunetta butterfly, with tortoise-shell rims! Simple saturated paintings play off this charming ode to an active imagination – and the way that life changes when a bewitching creature opens your eyes.
Rosy Lamb was born on top of a remote hill overlooking mountains and surrounded by woods in the state of New Hampshire (USA). Her parents are artists who like to stay at home and draw and write, and so unwittingly encouraged their numerous children to do the same. Lamb works mostly as a painter and sculptor and has had her studio in Paris since 2001. In the winter of 2011, Rosy Lamb made a portrait of George and Sylvia Whitman that was exhibited in the BP portrait exhibit in London.
Website and book trailer for Paul Meets Bernadette: http://paulmeetsbernadette.com/#intro
Monday 16th December 7:00pm
Join us for a Christmas evening of Edwardian tales of mystery and imagination, presented by The Cats Meet.
This series of short stories was specifically written for live performance, accompanied by specially commissioned violin music. The idea was to create Edwardian ghost stories in the gothic tradition, with women the dominant figures, as wives, servants, villains, and victims. The tales use the domestic setting, seemingly a place of safety and calm, but invaded here by insidious terror and harm.
The stories will be narrated by Paris-based actor Lola Peploe, accompanied by music from violinist Daniel Pioro, leader of The London Contemporary Orchestra.
Monday 13th January 7:00pm
In collaboration with our friends at NYU, we're delighted to welcome the wonderful Jonathan Lethem to Shakespeare and Company, where he will be reading from and discussing his latest novel, Dissident Gardens.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), The Fortress of Solitude, You Don’t Love Me Yet, Chronic City, and most recently, Dissident Gardens. He is also the author of numerous collections, including Men and Cartoons, The Disappointment Artist, and The Wall of the Sky, Wall of the Eye. A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, Lethem has published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in California. Visit Lethem’s website at jonathanlethem.com.