Haystack Book Talk
Sunday Aug 6, 2-3 PM
Norfolk Library

Co-sponsored by Norfolk Foundation and Norfolk Now

Norfolk resident Karin Roffman discusses her book The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017) with Willard Spiegelman, longtime Wall Street Journal Leisure & Arts writer as well as author of numerous books and essays on Romantic and contemporary poetry and, most recently, of the memoir Senior Moments:  Looking Back, Looking Ahead (2016). 

The Songs We Know Best, the first comprehensive biography of the early life of John Ashbery—the winner of nearly every major American literary award—reveals the unusual ways he drew on the details of his youth to populate the poems that made him one of the most original and unpredictable forces of the last century in arts and letters.