Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week, Paul speaks with Dan Beachy-Quick before a live audience at Literary Arts. Dan is the author of the debut novel An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky (Coffee House Press, 2013), in addition to five books of poetry, and two books of creative nonfiction. In his opening monologue, Paul highlights Late Night Library’s 2013 accomplishments and urges every listener to make a year-end, tax-exempt donation . . . “Your generous contribution, however big or small, will vitalize our endeavors toward sustaining book culture, promoting literature in schools and communities, and supporting talented writers early in their careers.”
About tonight’s host: Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary center located in downtown Portland, with a 29-year history of serving Oregon’s readers and writers.
“The meaning of a book is also always other than that thing we think it means; something unthinkable is its greatest meaning, something that resists our almost allergic capacity to read a word and force it into some sense of fact . . . all the words encapsulate some hidden silence, some hollow thing that makes that object buoyant. And we read them because whether we know it or not, in one way or another, each of us is drowning.”
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About our guest:
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of the novel, An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky (Coffee House Press), five books of poetry, and two books of creative nonfiction published by Milkweed Editions (A Whaler’s Dictionary and Wonderful Investigations). Dan teaches in the MFA program at Colorado State University, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife and two daughters.