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Hervé Le Tellier reading and discussion at Mechanics’ Institute
November 7, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Paris Oulipo president Paul Fournel and fellow member Hervé Le Tellier are joined by San Francisco Oulipian Daniel Levin Becker, and Seattle poet Doug Nufer, who will read or otherwise perform their own oulipian texts as well as highlights from the workshop’s first half century. This event is day two of a three day long Oulipo Laboratory coproduced by City Lights, the Mechanics’ Institute, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Since the early 1960s, the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle — Workshop of Potential Literature, or OuLiPo — has been borrowing mathematical and scientific theories to develop new structures for literary creation. In its explorations, the workshop has both rejuvenated age-old forms, such as the sonnet, sestina, and lipogram, and created new delights like the subway poem, the N+7 technique, and the first choose-your-own-adventure fiction in history. This evening, Hervé Le Tellier will also deliver a reading from his new book Electrico W, published by Other Press. Opening statements by Peter Maravelis of City Lights Booksellers.