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Anna Joy Springer and Janice Lee Book Tour
a reading and book signing
Thursday, August 16, 2012
$5 suggested donation
Casa Libre is usually closed for the entire month of August, but we are opening our red door to welcome Janice Lee (Daughter) and Anna Joy Springer (The Vicious Red Relic, Love) who are passing through Tucson on their book tour. Please join us for a reading and book signing with these two wonderful authors. Refreshments will be served.
Anna Joy Springer is a prose writer and visual artist who makes grotesques - creating hybrid texts that combine sacred and profane elements to evoke intensely embodied conceptual emotional experiences in readers. Formerly a singer in the Bay Area bands, Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, Anna Joy has toured the United States and Europe being a wild feminist punk performer, and also toured with the all-women spoken word extravaganza, Sister Spit. She is author of the illustrated novella, The Birdwisher (Birds of Lace) and The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis Press). She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and is now Associate Professor of Literature at University of California at San Diego, where she truly loves teaching courses in Experimental Writing, Graphic Texts, and Postmodern Feminist Literatures.
The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis Press), re-enacts Springer›s relationship with [Gil], a sometimes endearing, sometimes frightening addict and cult survivor who did not disclose to Springer that she›d tested positive for HIV. Brilliantly conceived as a training manual, survival guide and time machine, the book returns to 1990s San Francisco and deftly weaves feminism, deviance, punk rock and Sumerian literature into a cauldron of post-Reagan/Bush-era neoliberalism and AIDs grief.
On The Vicious Red Relic, Love by Anna Joy Springer:
“A page-turner, fast and muscular, electric.” - poet Alice Notley
“There is only one Anna Joy Springer. Only one. Her words take me from kitten to monster and back again in a way only she can do.” - Kathleen Hanna, leader singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre
“How to describe the charm, wit, innocence and energy in AJS’s Red Relic? With intelligence and heart she enlarges a little the things a novel is capable How very lucky I am to have read it!” – Carole Maso, author of AVA and Break Every Rule
Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator. She has been published in numerous journals, including antennae, Everyday Genius, Action Yes, elimae, and Black Warrior Review, and is the author of two highly acclaimed novels: Kerotakis (Dog Horn Publishing, 2010): a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; and Daughter (Jaded Ibis Press, 2011). She is currently Co-Editor of the online journal [out of nothing], Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, & Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT. Most recently, she was selected by John D’Agata as the Black Warrior Review Nonfiction Grand Prize winner.
On Daughter (Jaded Ibis Press) by Janice Lee:
“Janice Lee is a genius.”- Eileen Myles, author of Inferno (a poet's novel)
“Daughter is quantum. There is a girl, there is an octopus, there is language... No other book ever written has entered my body and being so physically pure. There is not distance between the state of narrative and the matter of being. I turn the page of her
body.” - Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water
“Daughter ... seems to rise as intuitive quantum ascent. It is praxis of the marred, of the seemingly uneven. Janice Lee understands that writing cannot exist as narrative outcome. In Daughter there is reckoning with the cosmos as phantom, as something that
does and does not exist. Energies appear by means of paradox and evaporation.” - Will Alexander, author of The Sri Lankan Loxodrome