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"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.

Kenyon College 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.

Roger 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 Achievement.

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.”

“Kayak 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.

“Kayak 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 literature.”

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 fiction writing.

Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665).
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