International Fiction Now: Celebrating the Unspeakable Practices of Robert Coover and the International Writers Project

For three days, Brown University will celebrate novelist and freedom to write advocate Robert Coover, through readings and performances by his former students, his colleagues and his admirers.

Tuesday, 17 April, 5:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- a voice performance of selections from Robert Coover's novel, Gerald's Party -- this performance will be directed by Roderick Coover and will include cameos by many of the presenters who will be taking part in the festival. Please note -- doors open at 5 pm; the event will start at 5:30 sharp.

Tuesday, 17 April, 7 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- a handful from among the countless former students whose visions grew through their being mentored by Robert Coover will present short readings: Robert Arellano, Shelley Jackson, Eurydice Kamviselli, Alexandra Kleeman and Joanna Scott. Joining this reading is Coover's friend and literary colleague, Jonathan Baumbach.

Wednesday, 18 April from 10 am to noon, Studio 4, Granoff Center, 154 Angell  St. -- Writing 3D -- visits to the CAVE and/or YURT to see experiments by current and former Brown students in 3D digital language arts, presented by John Cayley.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- From Electronic Writing to Digital Language Art, presentations  by Robert Arellano, John Cayley, Samantha Gorman, David Jhave Johnston, Ian Hatcher and Benjamin Moreno Ortiz.

Wednesday, 18 April, 4:30 pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St. -- Celebrating the International Writers Project, readings by noted authors Russell Banks, Ru Freeman and Marlon James.

Wednesday, 18 April at 7:30 pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St. --  T.C. Boyle, William Kennedy and Ben Marcus read from their literary work.

Thursday, 19 April at 11 am, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- Postmodernism: What Was It? What's Next, a panel discussion with literary critics Elisabeth Bell (Visiting Scholar, Brown University), Samuel Coale (Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.), Jeffrey R. Di Leo (University of Houston, Victoria), Brian Evenson (Cal Arts) and Larry McCaffery (San Diego State University) and Stuart Pimsler (Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Minneapolis).

Thursday, 19 April at 4:30 pm, 117 MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer St. -- Edwidge Danticat, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers read from their literary work.

Thursday, 19 April at 7:30 pm, 117 MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer St. -- Paul Auster, Robert Coover and Don DeLillo read from their literary work.

Thursday, 19 April at 9:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- International Fiction Circus Now -- deep into the night, the festivities culminate with presenations by Mary Caponegro, Matt Derby, Rikki Ducornet, Brian Evenson, Jack Foley and a host of others juggling language and all sorts of other surprises.

For the very latest details, visit: infictionnow.literaryarts.xyz

All events are free and open to the public; there are no advance tickets; we recommend that you arrive early.

This festival was made possible by support from the Brown Arts Initiative and the Office of the Provost.