Tuesday, 7:30 pm EDT May 19, 2020
7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
Celebrate the much-anticipated May 19th release of Kate Zambreno’s Drifts, published by Riverhead Books. Zambreno will discuss the book with Rachel Syme of the New Yorker. Zambreno’s first novel in nearly a decade is a ferociously intelligent, deeply funny exploration of ambition, the passage of time, the body, and the creative mind.
“Zambreno’s charm and wit dance off the page. . . . Intimate, fiercely intelligent, and reliably provocative, Drifts is Zambreno at her best.” —Refinery29
Photo courtesy of Heather Sten
Photo courtesy of Heather Sten
Kate Zambreno is the author of several acclaimed books including Screen Tests, Heroines, and Green Girl. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, VQR, and elsewhere. She teaches in the writing programs at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.
Rachel Syme is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she covers fashion, style, and other cultural subjects. Her cultural criticism and reported features—which focus primarily on the intersections of women’s lives, artistic production, history, and fame—have also appeared in the Times Magazine, Elle, GQ, Grantland, New York, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and The New Republic, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
By Kate Zambreno
Published by Riverhead Books
Haunting and compulsively readable, Drifts is an intimate portrait of reading, writing, and creative obsession. At work on a novel that is overdue, spending long days walking neighborhood streets with her restless terrier, corresponding ardently with fellow writers, the narrator grows obsessed with the challenge of writing the present tense, of capturing time itself. Entranced by the work of Rainer Maria Rilke, Albrecht Dürer, Chantal Akerman, and others, she photographs the residents and strays of her neighborhood, haunts bookstores and galleries, and records her thoughts in a yellow notebook that soon subsumes her work on the novel. As winter closes in, a series of disturbances—the appearances and disappearances of enigmatic figures, the burglary of her apartment—leaves her distracted and uncertain . . . until an intense and tender disruption changes everything.
A story of artistic ambition, personal crisis, and the possibilities and failures of literature, Drifts is the work of an exhilarating and vital writer.
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