A Schoolboy’s Diary—a new collection of short stories by Robert Walser—is being celebrated in New York this month. On Tuesday, September 10, at 7pm, 192 Books hosts a discussion of the book between translator Damion Searls and experimental poet Mina Pam Dick (author of I Am the Robert Walser).
Georges Simenon’s extensive body of work has inspired many films. These romans durs (“hard novels”—akin to what we would call a psychological thriller) have the right stuff for it: gritty settings, psychological tension, questionable morality, and sex.
Daniel Mendelsohn’s collection of essays—Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture—has been shortlisted for the 2013 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Awarded each year by a panel of judges, the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award honors work that “exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.”
It is with great sadness that NYRB marks the passing of the gifted illustrator Marc Simont. Born in Paris, Simont studied drawing with his father (also an illustrator) and at schools in France and the United States. Over the course of his illustrious career he worked on over 100 children’s books, including The Backward Day, The Wonderful O, and The 13 Clocks.
On July 15th at 7:00 pm, New York Review of Books contributor Luc Sante will introduce a Film Forum screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Le Amiche, a 1955 movie based on Cesare Pavese’s Among Women Only (Tra Donne Sole), a novel that is included in the NYRB Classics edition of The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese.