10/24 Launch Party for HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS
Three Rooms Press presents:
The Monthly: An Evening With Israel Horovitz and Friends
Join us at Cornelia Street Cafe for a very special edition of The Monthly! On October 24 at 6 p.m. we’re celebrating the launch of Heaven and Other Poems by Israel Horovitz, featuring readings by the author, special guest readings, and a book signing. It’ll be a night of poetry, people, delectable food and drink, and a celebration of literature. Admission is $8, which includes a free drink. See you there!
About the book:
A tour-de-force of emotion, empathy and deep, melancholic beauty, Heaven and Other Poems is a stunning collection of work crafted over playwright/director/author Israel Horovitz’s lifetime. From the epic poem “Stations of the Cross” with its startling, tenderly-crafted images of familial love and loss, to the punchy and pointed aphorisms of the twin “Defining the French Novel” and “Defining the American Novel” Horovitz displays a remarkable range, and—throughout—a deep understanding of humanity. A truly inspired poetry collection.
“Funny, nostalgic, elegiac . . . and unsparingly honest.” — KEVIN KLINE, Oscar-winning actor; A Fish Called Wanda
“A collective sigh, the work of a master writer and a hopeful man . . .” — NEIL LABUTE, award-winning playwright; The Shape of Things
“Israel Horovitz is now one of a bare handful of playwrights, along with Tennessee Williams, Beckett, and a couple of Elizabethans, who can write first-rate poetry in English. These poems are not merely good for a man who happens to be a world-class playwright; they’re poems that make our lives larger than they would be without them.” — RUSSELL BANKS, O. Henry Award-winning author; The Sweet Hereafter
About Israel Horovitz
Playwright-screenwriter-director Israel Horovitz’s seventy stage-plays have been translated and performed in as many as thirty languages, worldwide. His plays have introduced such actors as Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jill Clayburgh, Marsha Mason, Gerard Depardieu, and many others. Best-known plays include Line (now in its fortieth year, off-Broadway), The Indian Wants the Bronx, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, My Old Lady, The Widow’s Blind Date, It’s Called the Sugar Plum, Rats, Morning, and The Primary English Class. Best-known films include Author! Author!, Sunshine (for which he won the European Academy Award–Best Screenplay), James Dean (which introduced James Franco), 3 Weeks After Paradise (which he wrote, directed and starred in), and My Old Lady, which he recently adapted for the screen, and directed, starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott-Thomas. Horovitz’s memoires Un New-Yorkais a Paris were recently published in France, where he was decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and is the most-produced American playwright in French theater history. Heaven and Other Poems is the first collection of his poetry he has authorized for publication.