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Of Times Long Gone: July 14 Book Discussion and Micro-Memoir Writing Workshop

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Matt Daly

“Of Times Long Gone:” Book Discussion and Micro-Memoir Writing Workshop

Monday, July 14, 6-8 p.m.

Teton County Public Library’s Ordway Auditorium

Free, no registration required.

Teton County Library, in collaboration with Dancers’ Workshop, invites the community to a book discussion and writing workshop based on a selection from W. B. Sebald’s novel “The Emigrants.” Through testimony, diary fragments and even black-and-white photos, Sebald tells the stories of four German emigrants in post-WWII. The book discussion will center on core themes and images from a portion of the book “Ambros Adelwarth,” with an emphasis on how vignettes can evoke a person’s experience in tumultuous times.

Local poet and teacher (and WAC roster artist) Matt Daly will lead the discussion and then guide participants through a series of writing exercises. The result will be paragraph-length stories, micro-memoirs, based on significant experiences in the participants’ lives.

Sebald’s contributions to world literature have inspired artists in many disciplines through his combinations of history and fiction and his blending of images and words. One such artist is leading American dance choreographer Bill T. Jones. Jones will bring his dance company to Jackson Hole from July 14-20 to develop a work inspired, in part, by the character Ambros Adelwarth in “The Emigrants.” Dancers’ Workshop has co-commissioned this new work.

Participants in the Book Discussion and Micro-Memoir Workshop will later have the opportunity to engage in open rehearsals and a community-oriented creative project inspired by the work of Bill T. Jones.

For more information about the Book Discussion and Micro-Memoir Workshop, please contact the library’s Adult Program Coordinator, Leah Shlachter, 733-2164 ext. 229, lshlachter@tclib.org. For more information about Bill T. Jones/Zane Dance Company’s Residency including master classes and a work-in-progress showing, contact Dancer’s Workshop at 733-6398 or visit www.dwjh.org.

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