9th Ave: TICKETED Michael Ondaatje

Monday, April 15, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. Tickets are required for entry and include a copy of the book.

Cover of Michael Ondaatje's book A Year of Last Things. The cover is the color of aged paper, with illustrations of arrows and running water in the center and bottom of the cover.
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Join us on Monday, April 15 at 7pm when Michael Ondaatje celebrates the release of his poetry collection, A Year of Last Things, with Robert Hass at 9th Ave!
Presented in proud partnership with Litquake

This is a ticketed event.
Tickets are available at the link below and include a copy of the book.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/848841827757?aff=oddtdtcreator

Doors at 6:30pm. The event will begin at 7pm.

About this Event
Green Apple Books is proud to welcome Michael Ondaatje for the release of his poetry collection, A Year of Last Things, here at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.

Ondaatje, winner of the Booker Prize for 1992's The English Patient, joins us to celebrate the release of his first poetry collection in 25 years, A Year of Last Things.

Doors at 6:30pm. The event will begin at 7pm.

This is a ticketed event, tickets include a copy of the book. This event will include a reading, discussion, and audience Q+A. Please see our FAQ below for more details.
Please note, to protect our visiting author's health, masks will be required for this event.
Additionally, with safety in mind, this event will not include a signing line, but all books will be signed in advance. Requests for personalization will be taken when you purchase your ticket via Eventbrite.

About A Year of Last Things
From one of the most influential writers of his generation, a gorgeously surprising poetry collection about memory, history, and the act of looking back.

Following several of his internationally acclaimed novels, A Year of Last Things is Michael Ondaatje’s long-awaited return to poetry. In pieces that are sometimes witty, sometimes moving, and always wise, we journey back through time by way of alchemical leaps, unearthing writings by revered masters, moments of shared tenderness, and the abandoned landscapes we hold on to to rediscover the influence of every border crossed.

Moving from a Sri Lankan boarding school to Molière’s chair during his last stage performance, to Bulgarian churches and their icons, to the California coast and his beloved Canadian rivers, Michael Ondaatje casts a brilliant eye that merges memory with the present, in the way memory as the distant shores of art and lost friends continue to influence everything that surrounds him.

From his poem "His chair, a narrow bed, a motel room, the fox":
At the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles Sam Cooke was shot dead.
‘See that shadow on the wall . . .’ All those motels and hotels
in literature and song, where X wrote this,
where Y got drunk, where Z overdosed.
The one Hank Williams was driven past, dead already in his car.
The Slavianski Bazaar Hotel in "The Lady with a Dog,"
where Dmitri imagines their dark but hopeful future.
The Hôtel de ville de Courtrai, where Verlaine shot Rimbaud.

Praise for A Year of Last Things
“Each new book of Michael Ondaatje’s is a literary event, but that is particularly true for his books of poetry. In A Year of Last Things he comes close to writing something like a timeless poem, ‘a memory poem’ that reflects outside and inside time at the same moment, recording the mercurial, mysterious feeling of being alive. The poems become intimate, unresolved stories, loyal to feeling and presence, the lyricism of dreams applied to narratives of lives and landscapes. A Year of Last Things is a remarkable, incomparable new collection.”
—Terrance Hayes

“Dazzling . . . This collection radiates the joy of a fully realized, literary life.”
Publishers Weekly, starred

“A poetry collection in which we ‘journey back through time by way of alchemical leaps, unearthing writings by revered masters, moments of shared tenderness, and the abandoned landscapes we hold on to to rediscover the influence of every border crossed.’”
Lit Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”

About Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje is the author of seven novels, including Coming Through Slaughter, The Cat’s Table, and Warlight; a memoir, Running in the Family; a nonfiction book on film-editing, The Conversations; and several books of poetry, including The Cinnamon Peeler and Handwriting. Among other accolades, The English Patient received the Booker Prize in 1992 and was made into a film by Anthony Minghella; Anil’s Ghost was awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.

FAQs

  • Copies will be available upon entry to the event.
  • Seating will be first come, first serve. Priority seating will be given to wheelchair users and those with mobility devices and other attendees with disabilities. Standing room will be available after seats fill.
  • Because this event will not include a live author signing, please do not bring additional books for Mr. Ondaatje to sign. We will have some backlist titles available for purchase that will be signed in advance.
  • This is an in-person, ticketed event and will not be livestreamed. No refunds will be given after the event date for those unable to attend. No refunds will be given to those who pick up their book but are unable to attend the event.
  • If for whatever reason you are unable to attend but would still like your copy of the book, books will be available for pick up at 1231 9th Ave after the event at no extra charge. If you would like your book shipped, additional charges will apply.
  • To attend the event, you must purchase a ticket through this Eventbrite page. Purchase of A Year of Last Things made through the bookstore website does not grant entry to the event.

Accessibility

  • The venue is located on ground level, and there are no stairs between the entrance and event space.
  • If you require space for a wheelchair or mobility device, you can choose a specification at checkout.

This is a ticketed event.
Tickets are available at the link below and include a copy of the book.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/848841827757?aff=oddtdtcreator

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