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Conjunctions and Dalkey Press Archive Set to Celebrate Novelist William Gaddis at The New School on February 20

Robert Coover, Samuel R. Delany, Ben Marcus, Rick Moody, and Francine Prose read letters by Gaddis and discuss what he has meant to them as writers and readers, introduced by Bradford Morrow

Darren O'Sullivan

NEW YORK, NY — On Wednesday, February 20, the Bard College literary magazine Conjunctions and Dalkey Archive Press present a very special evening honoring the monumental American novelist William Gaddis (The Recognitions, J R) with readings and personal stories from Robert Coover (The Public Burning, The Adventures of Lucky Pierre), Samuel R. Delany (Babel-17, Dhalgren), Ben Marcus (Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet), Rick Moody (Garden State, The Ice Storm), and Francine Prose (Household Saints, Blue Angel). Emceed by novelist and Conjunctions founding editor Bradford Morrow, this event is free and open to the public and takes place at 7 p.m. at the New School in Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th St. No reservations are required, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook now at

The November 2012 issue of the groundbreaking literary magazine Conjunctions contains a substantial portfolio of never-before-published correspondence by the unrivaled American novelist William Gaddis. In February 2013, Dalkey Archive Press is releasing The Letters of William Gaddis, edited by Steven Moore with an afterword by Sarah Gaddis. The letters function as a revelatory autobiography of this intensely private writer, and include correspondence with Katherine Anne Porter, David Markson, William H. Gass, Stanley Elkin, Robert Coover, Robert Creeley, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Don DeLillo, as well as friends, family, politicians, and critics. Please join Conjunctions and Dalkey at the New School as some of the greatest living American writers share their connections and responses to Gaddis’s work.

Edited by Bradford Morrow and published by Bard College, Conjunctions is a biannual journal of new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, interviews, and translation. Since the first issue appeared in 1981, it has been distinguished by its special anthology-length design—each volume delivers up to four hundred pages of innovative new work by contemporary masters and emerging voices. The magazine’s generous format allows a genuine conversation to develop around the theme at hand, whether that’s urban life, evil twins, children’s secrets, cinema, black comedy, the novella, unfinished manuscripts, imaginary realism, death, or desire. In addition to the print component, the online edition, Web Conjunctions, publishes risk-taking, rigorously executed new writing on a weekly basis, while the Audio Vault archives a vast collection of exclusive author readings. The New York Times Book Review has said, “Conjunctions is striking … a rich collection which balances well-known writers with exciting new ones,” and The Washington Post has written, “Conjunctions offers a showplace for some of the most exciting and demanding writers now at work.”

The independent publishing house Dalkey Archive publishes The Review of Contemporary Fiction, the Best European Fiction series, and writers including Ben Marcus, David Markson, Djuna Barnes, Flann O’Brien, Raymond Queneau, William H. Gass, and many others. Located at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Dalkey Archive maintains a strong commitment to translations and experimental work. A primary goal of the house is to keep all its books in print, regardless of their commercial success.

For more information about this event or Conjunctions, contact Micaela Morrissette, Conjunctions Managing Editor, at or visit For more information about Dalkey Archive, visit

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This event was last updated on 02-07-2013