Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution

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Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our October book at the September Book Club meeting on 9/25, or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on 9/26 while supplies last.


Poetry by Jorge Eduardo Eielson 

"As a person, Eielson always kept something secret, an intimacy he preserved even beyond the reach of his closest friends. This mysterious depth intrigued and fascinated those who knew him and is a salient feature of his writing, sculpture, and paintings. Perhaps this depth will help ensure that his visual and poetic works endure. Though inseparable from the period in which it was created, Eielson's work deserves to live on and bear witness for future generations to the myths, dreams, miseries, and achievements pertaining to the world in which Eielson both suffered and enjoyed his life."
—Mario Vargas Llosa

"David Shook's translation of Jorge Eduardo Eielson's ROOM IN ROME rescues an essential voice of contemporary Peruvian poetry. A poet of the world who rebels against national as well as aesthetic borders, Eielson rejects simplistic discords between social and artistic commitment. His poetry heralds the power of words: gathering them, sculpting them, changing them to gunshots."
—Katherine Hedeen

"Alongside his other Roman collection, Noche oscura del cuerpo, critics consider ROOM IN ROME to be Eielson's masterpiece. The collection displays its author's rare ability to 'knot' together past and present, tradition and novelty, the anguish of modern life and the resplendence of another, serene existence within reach."
—Martha Canfield

"There was a time when poetry belonged to the world, both the known world and the one beyond knowing. Eielson taught me everything."—Mario Bellatín


Our book club moderator is Layla Forrest-White. She grew up in San Francisco, and has been in the East Bay since attending graduate school at UC Berkeley, where she received her PhD in Comparative Literature. Since graduation, she has worked in local organizations promoting access to education for underserved populations. In her spare time, she plays basketball, swims, and, of course, reads. Her favorite book is In Search of Lost Time,
and she can't wait to read new books with new people. 




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