Lisa Robertson, The Baudelaire Fractal--book launch and conversation
Lisa Robertson’s extraordinary range, skill and imagination is evident in The Baudelaire Fractal, her first work of fiction, in which a poet realizes she has written the works of an esteemed long deceased poet. One morning, the poet Hazel Brown wakes up in a strange hotel room to find that she’s written the complete works of Charles Baudelaire. Surprising as this may be, it’s no more surprising to Brown than the impossible journey she’s taken to become the writer that she is. Animated by the spirit of the poète maudit, she shuttles between London, Vancouver, Paris, and the French countryside, moving fluidly between the early 1980s and the present, from rented room to rented room, all the while considering such Baudelairian obsessions as modernity, poverty, and the perfect jacket. .. Part memoir, part magical realism, part hilarious trash-talking take on contemporary art and the poet’s life, The Baudelaire Fractal is the long-awaited debut novel by the inimitable Lisa Robertson.
Join us for a reading and conversation with the author about this work and about her distinguished and award-winning career. The event is free and open to the public; a book purchase is encouraged. Anyone wishing to have a book signed is expected to purchase it from Talking Leaves as an act of respect and support for the author, her publisher Coach House Books, and the store hosting the event.
A frequent visitor to Buffalo under the auspices of UB’s Poetics Program, poet and essayist Lisa Robertson has held residencies at the California College of the Arts, Cambridge University; University of California, Berkeley; UC San Diego; and American University of Paris. Her books include Cinema of the Present, Debbie: An Epic (nominated for the Governor General’s Award in Canada), The Men, The Weather, R’s Boat (poetry) and Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (essays). Her Magenta Soul Whip (Coach House) was named one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010, and was longlisted for the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. She currently lives in France. Her visit here is one of the few she is making in North America to launch the new book.