Kathleen Rooney & Eric Plattner - "Rene Magritte: Selected Writings"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Editors Kathleen Rooney and Eric Plattner discuss the first English translation of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings.

Co-sponsored by Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago

At 57th Street Books


About the book: Available for the first time in an English translation, this selection of René Magritte’s writings gives non-Francophone readers the chance to encounter the many incarnations of the renowned Belgian painter—the artist, the man, the aspiring noirist, the fire-breathing theorist—in his own words. Through whimsical personal letters, biting apologia, appreciations of fellow artists, pugnacious interviews, farcical film scripts, prose poems, manifestos, and much more, a new Magritte emerges: part Surrealist, part literalist, part celebrity, part rascal.While this book is sure to appeal to admirers of Magritte’s art and those who are curious about his personal life, there is also much to delight readers interested in the history and theory of art, philosophy and politics, as well as lovers of creativity and the inner workings of a probing, inquisitive mind unrestricted by genre, medium, or fashion. 

About Kathleen Rooney: Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! (Fifth Star Press, 2014) and the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016 and Alma Books, 2016). She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, will be published by St. Martin's Press in January of 2017.

About Eric Plattner: Eric Plattner teaches writing & rhetoric at DePaul University. He is a founding member of the Chicago collective, Poems While You Wait, & a consulting editor at the Community Literacy Journal. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, he has translated the works of Nelly Sachs, Ernst Toller, Georg Trakl, and Georg Büchner.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637