Thursday, September 15
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Pete’s Candy Store
Free event, books available for sale
Steve Hughes and Lynn Crawford, both Detroit based Kresge Literary Fellows, will be in New York City to discuss their new works with zine librarian / librarian zinester Jenna Freedman.
Hughes and Crawford both repurpose other people’s stories to create their work. Crawford reworks texts from classic writers like Hemingway and Woolf; Hughes draws from the folks he meets in bars. Crawford will read from her new novel Simply Separate People, Two and Hughes will read from his zine compilation Stupor: a Treasury of True Stories.
Steve Hughes’s Stupor: a Treasury of True Stories was published in April 2011 and is a compilation of 14 issues of his long running zine “Stupor.” For the last 16 years, Steve Hughes has been listening to people he meets in bars, diners, hardware stores and job sites talk about their lives. He writes their stories of infidelity, drunkenness, disappointment and sometimes dumb-luck as though they’re being spoken from the barstool next to you.
Stupor represents a significant collaboration with many of Detroit’s top artists. Each of the 14 issues that are collected in Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories is designed by a single artist, including: Mitch Cope, Gina Reichert, and Scott Hocking. Hughes’ unique approach and the strong efforts of his artists have created a book that depicts a place and its people like no other publication of its era.
Lynn Crawford is an art critic and fiction writer. Her criticism has appeared in Art in America, Tema Celeste, Metro Times, Zing, Parkett, Modern Painters, American Ceramics and The Brooklyn Rail. Her books include Solow, Blow, Simply Separate People and Fortification Resort. A new novel, Simply Separate People, Two has just been published by Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. She is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Gillian Conoley of the Poetry Foundation says that Simply Separate People, Two “brilliantly refractive multilayered time-bent novel whose characters are spookily alive as though you could poke them nonvirtually lying in the bed right next to you or maybe they have walked down the hallway to escape you.”
Jenna Freedman is a zine librarian and librarian zinester. She is the Director of Reference & Instruction Services at Barnard College in NYC and a member of Radical Reference, a collective of library workers that meets the research needs of activists and independent journalists. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States and in France on that topic as well as on other themes of library activism.