Dallas, please join us Saturday, December 16th at Deep Vellum Books for the Texas launch party celebrating Micheline Aharonian Marcom's new novel THE BRICK HOUSE.
The reading will be followed by a conversation with Micheline and visual artist Fowzia Karimi, whose illustrations accompany the work. The talk will be moderated by Awst's Editor, Tatiana Ryckman.
THE BRICK HOUSE is a place where people dream of love and loneliness, of the world's beauty, and of ongoing environmental degradation. In this short but moving work, travelers confront their lives in the strange, elemental language which dreams allow for, a strangeness mirrored in the accompanying illustrations by Fowzia Karimi. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s INVISIBLE CITIES and following in the tradition of Armenian illuminated manuscripts, THE BRICK HOUSE is a delight to the eye and mind.
"THE BRICK HOUSE is a stunning accomplishment, a work of piercing beauty and visionary power. With spare, exquisite lyricism, Marcom lays bare the raw hungers, horrors, and joys of human life, as only the most enduring literature can.
Extraordinary." —Carolina De Robertis
Micheline Aharonian Marcom was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and raised in Los Angeles. She has published five novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. She has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation. Her first novel, Three Apples Fell From Heaven, was a New York Times Notable Book and Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction. She is the Founder and Creative Director of The New American Story Project, which is a space for new Americans to tell their stories. Marcom teaches Creative Writing at Mills College and is also on faculty at Goddard College in the MFA program in Creative Writing.
Fowzia Karimi has a background in Visual Arts and Biology. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. In her work, she combines the written and visual arts to tell stories. She was a recipient of The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards – 2011. She lives in Texas.