An Evening with Dorothy, a Publishing Project

November 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About Dorothy:

Dorothy, a publishing project is a press devoted to publishing innovative works of fiction, or near fiction, or about fiction, mostly by women. Founded in 2010 by Danielle Dutton and Martin Riker, the press puts out two books together every fall, and has published such ground-breaking authors as Renee Gladman, Barbara Comyns, Amina Cain, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Suzanne Scanlon, Joanna Walsh, and Nell Zink. The press has been widely acclaimed, most recently in an article in The Atlantic stating that “Dorothy books emerge each October like ringing endorsements of writers you’ve never heard of by a friend whose taste you can absolutely trust.” In October 2016, Dorothy releases Jen George’s debut The Babysitter at Rest (which Matthew Barney calls “completely warped") and the first US edition of Nathalie Léger’s Suite for Barbara Loden (which Valieria Luiselli calls “brilliant").

JEN GEORGE was born in Thousand Oaks, California. She lives and works in New York City. Her stories have appeared recently in BOMB (her story “The Babysitter at Rest” was chosen by Sheila Heti for their 2015 Fiction Prize), n+1, and Harper’s. The Babysitter at Rest is her first book, published in 2016 by Dorothy.

JOANNA RUOCCO is a prize-winning author of five books and co-editor of the fiction journal Birkensnake. Ruocco received her MFA at Brown, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver. Her most recent novel is Dan, which was published by Dorothy in 2014.

MARIANNE FRITZ (1948–2007) was an Austrian novelist. In 2015, Dorothy published the first English translation of Fritz’s first novel The Weight of Things (trans. Adrian Nathan West). After winning acclaim with this novel—awarded the Robert Walser Prize in 1978—Fritz embarked on a 10,000-page literary project called “The Fortress,” creating over her lifetime elaborate colorful diagrams and typescripts so complicated that her publisher had to print them straight from her original documents; this project earned her cult status, comparisons to James Joyce no less than Henry Darger, and admirers including Elfriede Jelinek and W. G. Sebald.

JEREMY M. DAVIES is the author of three books, most recently the story collection The Knack of Doing (Godine, 2016). He is an editor at FSG and has long been a friend to Dorothy, a publishing project (and helped edit the translation of Marianne Fritz’s The Weight of Things).

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