New Cuban Contemporary Art program
November 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
Very excited to be heading back to Havana with a group of artists and art appreciators for a week focusing on Cuban contemporary art. This innovative new program, sponsored by the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, will give us a fascinating glimpse into the current art scene in a country known for an incredible depth of talent in the visual arts. Of course, we’ll also have a chance to experience the other great things about Cuba, including the warmth and dignity of its citizens, its unique time-capsule ambience, and of course the great and ubiquitous Cuban music. We’ll be visiting studios, galleries, museums, schools, and community arts projects, and will have a chance to experience the art and history of Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Playa Girón as well.
Back to Cuba with National Geographic
February 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
Very excited to be returning to Cuba from February 24 to March 4 with National Geographic Expeditions. It’s a great itinerary that includes Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and the Bay of Pigs, and features visits with historians, architects, judges, artists, musicians, and many inspiring individuals and community groups. I’ll be giving informal lectures on Cuban history and Hemingway, and doing my best to facilitate meaningful contact between the National Geographic travelers and Cuban people. I’ll be mostly out of Internet range for that time, but if you send me a note I’ll get back to you as soon after 3/4 as I can. Viva!
Goya in Context
January 24, 2013 § 2 Comments
If you’re anywhere near southern Vermont at 7:30 on the evening of February 5, consider coming to this lecture I’m giving with fabulous artist Eric Aho at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. I promise it will be interesting – and should be a nice preview of the exciting Spain trip we’re co-leading for the BMAC this June.
New story out in Norwegian ski anthology
December 28, 2012 § 4 Comments
I”m pleased and honored to announce that a story of mine has just come out in Fra Heming unge til Hemingway, a new anthology of ski literature published by Jevelforlaget in Lillhammer, Norway (Jon Vegard Lunde, editor and translator). It’s a gorgeously illustrated hardcover that also includes works by Hemingway, Balzac, Thomas Mann, Hammond Innes, Ian Fleming, Sylvia Plath, and many others.
The story is called “Requiem for en vinter” (“A Requiem for Winter”), and it’s an excerpt from my novel of the same name. This was my first attempt at a novel, and it was a great labor of love, though it is deeply flawed as narrative and is not destined to see publication in anything other than excerpted form.
My thanks go out to Jon Vegard Lunde for his kind persistence, and for what I assume is a fine translation from English to Norwegian. If you love skiing and writing and know how to read Norwegian, you can buy the book here.