To celebrate the publication of Battles Vol 1 by Francesco Pedraglio, we are releasing a series of four short films created for Book Works Instagram @bookworksuk, and released from 26 October.
We would like to invite you to the following launch events, in Mexico, Turin, and online
Mexico City Book Launch
7pm, 26 October 2022
Córdoba 25, Col. Roma Norte
Ciudad de México CP 06700 casabosques.net
Turin Book Launch
7pm, 15 November 2022
Norma Mangione Gallery
via Matteo Pescatore 17
10124 Turin normamangione.com
Online event. Live readings, and discussions with Francesco Pedraglio and special guests
30 November 2022
Francesco Pedraglio’s new book takes battles as a story-telling frame to focus on the small details and absurdities that characterise almost all historical events and end up changing the course of their action. Mixed into the historical stories are personal accounts, trivial and idiosyncratic events that become elevated to the same status as those that affect history.
Each story comes with a drawing, a ‘potential stage’ for re-enacting the battle. Each story could be read as a script for a performance. Each performance could restage a battle, or simply a moment of everyday life that takes on, in that moment, the significance of a battle.
For the launch of his book, Pedraglio has produced four short videos for BookWorks’ Instagram account. Using as a backdrop one of his Teloni paintings – a large canvas mimicking a theatrical hand-painted backdrop – the clips are a staged tableau vivant, with each performance proposing a different reenactment of a battle from the book, and another attempt at mirroring the relationship between the texts and the drawings in the book.
This book is co-published with Parallel///Oaxaca and made possible through the generous support of Sistema de Apoyos a la Creación y Proyectos Culturales (Fonca), through the Programa de Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales 035/2020.
Join us at Burley Fisher to launch the new edition of small white monkeys: on self-expression, self-help & shame by Sophie Collins. Sophie will be reading from her work, as will Helen Charman who has written a new introduction for the second edition. They will be joined by Rachael Allen, also reading from her work.
Thursday 6.30pm, 20 October
400 Kingsland Rd
London E8 4AA
Tickets are £5, including a drink.
If you can’t make the event, you can order the new edition here.
Helen Charman is a writer and academic based in Glasgow. Her first book, MotherState— a political history of motherhood — is forthcoming from Allen Lane. Her latest poetry pamphlet, In the Pleasure Dairy was published by Sad Press in 2020. She teaches English Literature at Durham University.
Rachael Allen is the author of Kingdomland (Faber) and co-author of numerous artists’ books, including Nights of Poor Sleep (Prototype), Almost One, Say Again! (Slimvolume) and Green at an Angle (Kestle Barton).
Sophie Collins grew up in Bergen, North Holland, and is now a lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Who Is Mary Sue? (Faber, 2018) and small white monkeys (Book Works, 2017), and the editor of Currently & Emotion (Test Centre, 2016), an anthology of contemporary poetry translations; a sequel, Intimacy, is forthcoming. She is the translator, from the Dutch, of Lieke Marsman’s The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes (Pavilion, 2019). Most recently, she has translated Marsman’s novel, The Opposite of a Person (Daunt Books, 2022). She is currently working on new poetry and prose.
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