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Celebrated Author and Artist Rikki Ducornet to Give Reading at Bard College on Thursday, April 10

Darren O'Sullivan
Rikki Ducornet

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Thursday, April 10, the Written Arts Program at Bard College presents a reading by Rikki Ducornet (Bard ’64). A poet, fiction writer, and visual artist, Ducornet’s many books include the recent novels Netsuke, Gazelle, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition, and Phosphor in Dreamland. Publisher’s Weekly said of her story collection The Complete Butcher’s Tales: “[It’s] told in prose of such beauty that one can't help silently mouthing the words. Fluid, studied, almost overripe, it is also intensely visual.” The reading takes place at 7 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Rikki Ducornet (Bard ’64) is the author of five books of poetry, eight novels, and three collections of short fiction, including The Word “Desire,” The Jade Cabinet, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition, and most recently, Netsuke. As an artist, Ducornet’s work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. As an illustrator, she has worked on books by Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, Forest Gander, Kate Bernheimer, Joanna Howard, and Anne Waldman, among others. As a muse, she is almost certainly the subject of fellow Bard College alumnus Steely Dan’s 1974 hit “Rikki Don't Lose That Number.”

Her many honors include an Academy Award in Literature and the Bard College Arts and Letters Award.

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This event was last updated on 04-04-2014