Please join NYRB Classics in celebrating the publication of Umberto Saba’s Ernesto, a classic of gay Italian literature available in a new translation by Estelle Gilson. Peter Cameron, Benjamin Taylor, Jaime Manrique, and Stefano Albertini will discuss Saba’s life and work.
Peter Cameron is the author of six novels, including ‘Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You,’ and two collections of short stories. He lives in New York City and Vermont, where he runs Shrinking Violet Press, which publishes limited editions of finely-crafted books. He has written afterwords to many books, including New York Review of Books’ ‘The Outward Room’ by Millen Brand and ‘Totempole’ by Sanford Friedman.
Benjamin Taylor‘s family memoir, ‘The Hue and Cry at Our House,’ will be published in May of 2017 by Penguin Books. He is also the author of ‘Proust: The Search,’ named a Best Book of 2016 by Thomas Mallon in The New York Times Book Review; ‘Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay,’ named a Best Book of 2012 by Judith Thurman in The New Yorker; and of two novels, ‘Tales Out of School,’ winner of the Harold Ribalow Prize, and ‘The Book of Getting Even,’ winner of a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize. He edited ‘Saul Bellow: Letters,’ named a Best Book of 2010 by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times and Jonathan Yardley at The Washington Post, and Bellow’s ‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction.’ A faculty member in the New School’s Graduate School of Writing, Taylor also teaches in the Graduate Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. A past fellow and current trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he is also president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. ‘Debriefing,’ his edition of the short fiction of Susan Sontag, is due from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November of 2017.
Jaime Manrique was born in Colombia. He is a bilingual novelist, essayist, translator, and poet. His novels include ‘Latin Moon in Manhattan,’ ‘Our Lives Are the Rivers,’ and ‘Cervantes Street.’ He has been the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, a winner of Colombia’s National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award. Mr. Manrique’s work has been translated to twelve languages. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at the City College of New York. He has just completed a new novel, ‘Like This Afternoon Forever.’