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December 10, 2009In honor of the new paperback release of Dreaming Up America, Russell Banks's first work of nonfiction, we present, once again, this 2008 audio interview between Seven Stories Press publisher Dan Simon and author Russell Banks, on the subject of storytelling, on the activist mentality, and the invention and mythology of America.
April 28, 2009Art Shay... took the most iconic shots of the author, black-and-whites of him playing poker or peering through barroom windows, pictures so gritty you can almost feel the dirt rise off the frame. These photos, as much as anything, are responsible for Algren's image as "the poet of the Chicago slums," yet they also cast him in amber: a midcentury figure, smoking a cigar, eyebrows raised behind round glasses, turning over another card. Sixty years after winning the first National Book Award, for his 1949 novel of addiction, "The Man With the Golden Arm," Algren has become vestigial enough that discussions of a national celebration were scaled back after, as [executive director of the National Book Foundation Harold] Augenbraum notes in an e-mail, "we concluded that though his writing continued to resonate, the number of his readers and his currency among the general reading public had diminished." So what, exactly, is Algren's legacy? That's the question the Steppenwolf event means to raise. —David Ulin at the LA Times
Tags: art shay, articles, barry gifford, Dan Simon, david ulin, don delillo, man with the golden arm, nelson algren, nelson algren live, neon wilderness, never come morning, russell banks, steppenwolf
April 6, 2009
April 6 at 7:00 PM, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from the Steppenwolf Theatre web site, or by calling the box office at 312-335-1650.
Nelson Algren Live will feature readings from Algren’s previously unpublished work by novelists Russell Banks, Barry Gifford and Don DeLillo, by the actor Willem Dafoe, by Martha Lavey of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and by Algren editor and Seven Stories Press publisher Dan Simon. David New will direct the performance based on an original script by Barry Gifford and Dan Simon, and photographer Art Shay will present a special slide show in commemoration of the man Hemingway described as “one of the two best writers in America.”
April 1, 2009What's the most exciting event taking place in Chicago on April 6th? According to Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune, Barbara Vitello of the Daily Herald, and Rob Christopher of the Chicagoist, there's only one answer: Nelson Algren Live at the Steppenwolf Theatre. And, as Chris Jones mentions, Willem Dafoe is now among the performers reading selections from Algren's work, along with Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon and authors Barry Gifford, Don DeLillo and Russell Banks.