Book Launch for David Lazar's I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR


Please join us for an evening in celebration of the release of David Lazar's new collection, I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms. Toni Nealie and Ryan Spooner will also read selections of their work. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

About I'll Be Your Mirror: 

In his third book of essays, David Lazar blends personal meditations on sex and death with considerations of popular music and coping with anxiety through singing, bowling, and other distractions. He sets his work apart as both in the essay and of the essay by throwing himself into the form's past--interviewing or speaking to past masters and turning over rocks to find lost gems of the essay form.

I'll Be Your Mirror further expands the dimensions of contemporary nonfiction writing by concluding with a series of aphorisms. Surreal, comical, and urban moments of being, they are part Cioran, part Kafka, and part Lenny Bruce. These are accompanied by Heather Frise's illustrations, whose looking-glass visions of motherhood--funny and grotesque--meet the vision of the aphorist in this most unusual nonfiction book. 

About David Lazar: 

David Lazar was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, New York. He went to Bennington College and did graduate degrees at Stanford and Syracuse and his Ph.D. at the University of Houston, working with Hayden Carruth, Phillip Booth, Ray Carver and Phillip Lopate.

His books include the just published After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays from the University of Georgia Press,  Occasional Desire from the University of Nebraska Press, The Body of Brooklyn and Truth in Nonfiction, both University of Iowa Press, Powder Town, published by Pecan Grove, Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher, both University of Mississippi Press, and  Essaying the Essay from Welcome Table Press. Forthcoming is Who’s Afraid of Helen of Troy from Etruscan Press.

His essays and prose poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as Bending GenresUnderstanding the EssayMetawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction and Sentence’s An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and magazines such as Gulf CoastBlack ClockSentenceDenver QuarterlyBest of the Prose Poem, and Southwest Review. Eight of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays.

About Toni Nealie:

Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Recent essays have appeared in GuernicaThe Prague Review, The Offing and The Rumpus. Her essay "The Displeasure of the Table" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from New Zealand, she holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches and writes in Chicago, where she is Literary Editor of Newcity. 

About Ryan Spooner:

Ryan Spooner is the author of the essay collection Regret (The Lettered Streets Press, 2014). He serves as an Series Editor for Essay Press. His essays have appeared in Ghost Proposal, South Loop Review, and CutBank, whose Big Fish Lyric Essay contest he won in 2011. He lives in Chicago, where he teaches writing and literature.

I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781496202062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - November 1st, 2017

The Miles Between Me Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940430782
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 3rd, 2016

Event date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657