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Brian Dillon & Momus | In Conversation | Swedenborg Hall

A collaborative event with Sternberg Press. Authors Brian Dillon and Momus in conversation, to celebrate the joint launch of Sanctuary (Sternberg Press, May 2011) and The Book of Japans (Sternberg Press, May 2011) Includes book presentation and wine reception.

Monday, June 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open 6.30 pm)
Admission: £5.00
Booking: phone +44 (020) 7405 7986/email: nora@swedenborg.org.uk

Sternberg Press http://www.sternberg-press.com/ is pleased to announce two new publications, Sanctuary by Brian Dillon and Solution 214–238: Book of Japans by Momus, to be launched at the Swedenborg Society, London, http://www.swedenborg.org.uk/ where the authors will be in conversation.

Sanctuary is a fiction set in the ruins of a Modernist building on the outskirts of a city in Northern Europe. The structure, a Catholic seminary built in the 1960s and abandoned twenty years later, embodies the failure of certain ambitions: architectural, civic, and spiritual. But it is the site too of a more recent disappearance. A young artist, intent on exploring the complex and its history, has gone missing among the wreckage. Months later his lover visits the place, unsure what she is looking for, and finds herself drawn into the strange nexus of energies and memories that persist there. Sanctuary is a story about what survives—of bodies, ideas, objects and the artistic or literary forms that might describe them—in the wake of catastrophe. http://www.sternberg-press.com/index.php?pageId=1300&l=en&bookId=195&sort=year%20DESC,month%20DESC


Following the success of The Book of Scotlands, Momus has been commissioned to write another book as part of Ingo Niermann’s Solution Series. Solution Japan, or The Book of Japans, makes a case for the rehabilitation of the idea of the “far.” We live in a time when difference and distance have been eroded and eradicated by globalization, the Internet, and cheap jet travel. The Book of Japans restores a sense of wonder—along with a plethora of imagination-triggering inaccuracies—by taking the reader on a trip not just through space but also time. http://www.sternberg-press.com/index.php?pageId=1322&l=en&bookId=217&sort=year%20DESC,month%20DESC

Brian Dillon was born in Dublin in 1969. He is the UK editor of Cabinet magazine and AHRC Research Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Kent. He is the author of Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (Penguin, 2009) and a memoir, In the Dark Room (Penguin, 2005). His writing appears regularly in such publications as frieze, Artforum, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the Wire. He lives in Canterbury. http://briangdillon.wordpress.com/

Momus is the pseudonym of Scottish musician, artist, and writer Nick Currie. Born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1960, he has released twenty albums of pop music on independent labels like 4AD, Creation, and Cherry Red. He writes regularly about art, design, and culture for the New York Times, ID, frieze, Spike, and 032c. In addition to The Book of Scotlands, Momus has published a novel, The Book of Jokes (Dalkey Archive Press, 2009). http://imomus.com/

Brian Dillon
May 2011, English
11 × 15.5 cm, 90 pages, hardcover, clothbound
ISBN 978-1-933128-87-0

Solution 214–238
The Book of Japans
May 2011, English
11.2 × 17.8 cm, 192 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-24-5

For press inquiries and orders regarding the books, please contact mail@sternberg-press.com

Caroline Schneider
Karl-Marx-Allee 78
D-10243 Berlin

For press inquiries regarding the event, please contact:

Nora Foster
Swedenborg House
20/21 Bloomsbury Way
+44 (020) 74057986



Brian Dillon | talks | www
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Date and Time:

27 June 2011 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Swedenborg Society
Swedenborg House
20-21 Bloomsbury Way
020 7405 7986

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Available from:

The bookshop, swedenborg society, 20 nloomsbury way, london WC1A 2TH

(020) 7405 7986

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Any questions welcomed.

See http://www.swedenborg.org.uk/events/collaborative_events/sternberg_book_launch_brian_dillon_momus_in_conversation for further details

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