Friday, May 27th: Fiction. Katy Masuga reads from her new novel The Origin of Vermilion. 1pm.
"Full of surprises, Masuga retranscribes history into our bodies as we go with her from one world to another on a kind of train ride forward in the pursuit of something ethereal, ephemeral or metaphysical, something that is constantly moving away from loss—that of the grandfather, of the mother, of war, of the birds who never made it on their “eternal search of the Great Enigma” to Simorgh. This book explores the inside-outside paradox of being and living in a world among others. As such, it demands attention and patience. Carefully constructed, even if it at times deceptively appearing like a stream of consciousness narrative, Masuga’s The Origin of Vermilion is thought-provoking, moving and delightful. An unexpected, nomadic voyage."
—Jennifer K. Dick, author of Circuits and Fluorescence; founding curator, Ivy Writers Paris; poetry editor, Versal
"A compelling storyteller, Katy Masuga has an outstanding and imaginative eye for detail. In haunting prose and in intricate, linked narratives, Masuga explores with poise and grace subjects that range from the spiritual to the political, from philosophy to history. At ease discussing everything from May Day celebrations to Annie Oakley to Ludwig Wittgenstein to recounting the captivating story of a girl named Shirt, Katy Masuga tells in depth and with great care and rare clarity The Origin of Vermilion."
—Heather Hartley, author of Knock Knock (finalist, National Poetry Series); Paris editor, Tin House
Katy Masuga is currently a research and teaching fellow at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (2015-2016) and also teaches at Skidmore College in Paris, with a focus on comparative modernisms, particularly the intersections between literature, film, and the visual arts. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a joint Ph.D. in Literary Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington, Seattle and is the author of The Secret Violence of Henry Miller (Camden House, 2011), Henry Miller and How He Got That Way (Edinburgh UP, 2011), numerous fiction/non-fiction blurring short stories, anthology chapters, and journal essays ranging in content from language games in Beckett to the history of Shakespeare and Company in Paris to the vegetarian diet of Frankenstein's Creature. Her influences include Sebald, Rilke, Woolf, Black Elk and Marilynne Robinson. The Origin of Vermilion is her first novel.