"Kayak Morning" To be Subject of Wednesday's Library Brown Bag Chat
September 15, 2105 - 5:29 PM
MOUNT VERNON - Roger
Rosenblatt’s book, “Kayak Morning,” will be the subject of a special
2015 Knox Reads Brown Bag Chat at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and
Knox County at noon this Wednesday, September 16.
professor Sergei Lobanov-Rostovksy will make the presentation, entitled
“Up a Creek With a Paddle: Grieving and Memory in Roger Rosenblatt’s
Kayak Morning.” This program is free and open to the public.
Rosenblatt is the author of 17 books and six off-Broadway plays, and he
is the 2015 recipient of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary
In making the announcement, the Kenyon Review posted
on its website an accolade that praised Rosenblatt as “among the most
innovative authors of our time.” It added, “His essays soar with riffs
that are by turns playful and majestic. His lyricism, depth of insight,
and wise humor animate his prose with singular grace.”
Morning,” Rosenblatt’s fifteenth book, returns to the subject of his
thirteenth, “Making Toast,” in which he chronicled the aftermath of his
38-year-old daughter’s sudden death from an undiagnosed heart
condition. Rosenblatt and his wife moved into their daughter’s home to
help their widowed son-in-law take care of the children.
Morning” is subtitled “reflections on love, grief and small boats.” In
it, according to Publishers Weekly, “The kayak becomes a metaphorical
conveyance as Rosenblatt floats from one topic to the next, never
anchoring on one thought for long, but instead conjuring elegiac prose
on everything from life versus death to personal memories and classic
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovksy is NEH Distinguished
Teaching Professor of English at Kenyon. He has been with the school
since 1993 and teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, film, and
Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a
brown bag lunch. For more information call the main library at
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