A Public Space

A Public Space Independent publisher of a literary and arts magazine, and A Public Space Books. Plus an Academy and Fellowships. Made in Brooklyn, shipped worldwide.
A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. Founded in 2006, the magazine is a forum for new ideas and new conversations, and each issue brings together a wide range of global voices to tell the stories of the twenty-first century.

"APS has become one of our most remarkable small magazines by being a forum for creativity, tolerance, experiment and witness." —Teju Cole

Mission: In an era that has relegated literature to the margins, A Public Space seeks out writing that uncovers the extraordinary in the everyday, provides a rare glimpse, exposes an unexpected truth, starts a cross-cultural conversation, or puts forth a daring hypothesis. Three times a year, we bring readers a collection of new authors and established talents.

Today Literary Hub ran an excerpt from the next A Public Space Books title: Geometry of Shadows by Giorgio de Chirico, t...
07/10/2019
‘The Weary Archangel,’ A Poem by Giorgio de Chirico

Today Literary Hub ran an excerpt from the next A Public Space Books title: Geometry of Shadows by Giorgio de Chirico, translated by Stefania Heim. This beautiful bilingual edition of de Chirico's little known Italian poems, side by side their English translations, is for artists, writers, and dreamers alike.

To celebrate today we're projecting a video of de Chirico from a 1976 RAI television segment unearthed by Stefania—a great backdrop as we put the finishing touches on the book, out October 1! Preorder: www.apublicspace.org/books

And enjoy "The Weary Archangel" on Literary Hub: https://lithub.com/the-weary-archangel-a-poem-by-giorgio-de-chirico/

We ❤️ Chicago. Thanks to Chicago Public Library for choosing choosing CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE as a July staff pic...
07/03/2019
July 2019 Staff Picks - Chicago Public Library

We ❤️ Chicago. Thanks to Chicago Public Library for choosing choosing CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE as a July staff pick!

"Bette Howland wrote about class in America like no one else. She has been compared to Lucia Berlin, yet Nelson Algren also resonates in her writing... Highly recommended."

https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/199702383_chipublib_adults/1438849097

July 2019 Staff Picks by ChiPubLib_Adults - a staff-created list : Check out this month's recommendations from Chicago Public Library. Visit our Books page for previous lists of recommendations.

"It was the Fourth of July. Late, the sound of fireworks began in earnest, the explosions curiously soft, muffled in the...
07/02/2019
Bette Howland’s Long-Lost July 4th Story, “Aronesti”

"It was the Fourth of July. Late, the sound of fireworks began in earnest, the explosions curiously soft, muffled in the absorbent darkness... "

Just in time for your holiday weekend is a July 4 story by Bette Howland, up today on the Chicago Review of Books!

https://chireviewofbooks.com/2019/07/02/aronesti-a-long-lost-story-by-bette-howland/

The Chicago author Bette Howland published three books in her lifetime, won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984, and was lauded by Saul Bellow as “one of the significant writers of her generation&…

06/24/2019
CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland tops Adam Morgan's "Very Chicago Summer Reading List," at Chicago magazi...
06/24/2019
A Very Chicago Summer Reading List

CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland tops Adam Morgan's "Very Chicago Summer Reading List," at Chicago magazine for "a one-of-a-kind perspective of Chicago from Hyde Park to the North Shore" #DiscoverBette

Adam Morgan picks eight titles for your beach tote.

Join us at Film Forum on Saturday to see Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, followed by a filmmaker q&a with Timothy Greenf...
06/20/2019

Join us at Film Forum on Saturday to see Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, followed by a filmmaker q&a with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, interviewed by APS founding editor Brigid Hughes after the 12:20pm screening: https://filmforum.org/film/toni-morrison-the-pieces-i-am

Headed to DC for #ALAAC19? Work a little discovery into your agenda! A Public Space Books will at Booth #2314 with copie...
06/19/2019

Headed to DC for #ALAAC19? Work a little discovery into your agenda! A Public Space Books will at Booth #2314 with copies of titles by Bette Howland—the forgotten MacArthur genius fellow, rediscovered and in print for the first time in 30 years.

Join us at Film Forum this Saturday to see TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, followed by a filmmaker q&a with Timothy Gree...
06/17/2019
Film Forum · TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM

Join us at Film Forum this Saturday to see TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, followed by a filmmaker q&a with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, interviewed by APS founding editor Brigid Hughes after the 12:20pm screening:

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:25 Opens Friday, June 21 TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM: an artful and uplifting documentary on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll H...

06/13/2019

Doing some research today in conjunction with our forthcoming Italian & English edition of de Chirico's Italian poetry, GEOMETRY OF SHADOWS–– your favorite bookstore(s) in Europe that sell English language books?

Thank you The Center for Fiction for showcasing our first book, CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland! #discov...
06/12/2019

Thank you The Center for Fiction for showcasing our first book, CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland! #discoverbette

‪What are Vogue editors reading this summer? CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland:“I just finished ‘The Golde...
06/01/2019

‪What are Vogue editors reading this summer? CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland:

“I just finished ‘The Golden Age,’ a story about watching people growing old in Chicago that I loved in part because, like all Howland’s stories, it doesn’t worry whether it’s fiction or not. It’s just grippingly good—in this case, an insanely sane mix of the hard-to-fight city in the ’70s and the accidental poetry of families stumbling through time.”

More: https://www.vogue.com/article/the-best-books-for-summer‬

#discoverbette

Join us.
05/29/2019

Join us.

Tomorrow, May 30, join us together with Innuan and A Public Space for a wonderful evening of poetry – written by Giorgio de Chirico, and translated and read by Stefania Heim – and music by Alessandro Rolla, Niccolò Paganini, George Frideric Handel, Stefano Gervasoni, and Roxana Pavel Halvorsen, performed by violinist Inmo Yang, and violist Dana Kelly.

Aperitivo starting at 6pm to toast CIMA's Metaphysical Masterpieces exhibition will precede the program.

Click here to register, spots are filling up!
https://www.italianmodernart.org/events/an-evening-of-poetry-and-music-inspired-by-metaphysical-art/

This Thursday night in New York, join us at CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art for a celebration of metaphysical masterp...
05/29/2019

This Thursday night in New York, join us at CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art for a celebration of metaphysical masterpieces (and last chance to view their astonishing show!), new music inspired by the art and performed by Innuan, the first reading of poetry from GEOMETRY OF SHADOWS by Giorgio de Chirico (A Public Space Books), translated by Stefania Heim, and more. Tickets: https://www.italianmodernart.org/upcoming-events/

We'll have early influencer copies available for sale at the event tomorrow night. Otherwise, pre-order the book here, with cover design by atelier bingo. https://apublicspace.org/books/geometry-of-shadows

"She said, 'As with so many things these days, I turn to Bette Howland.' And I, too, find myself turning, and turning." ...
05/29/2019
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage – Bette Howland

"She said, 'As with so many things these days, I turn to Bette Howland.' And I, too, find myself turning, and turning." –– Full Stop on CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE (A Public Space Books), now available at bookstores everywhere #DiscoverBette

Of course this is a criminal state of affairs — we’ve forgotten a genius.

"A resurgence of interest in the writer Bette Howland (1937-2017) comes with an irresistible origin story," says The Wal...
05/29/2019
‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’ Review: Come, Go, Return

"A resurgence of interest in the writer Bette Howland (1937-2017) comes with an irresistible origin story," says The Wall Street Journal of our debut A Public Space Books title, CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE, available now at bookstores everywhere #DiscoverBette

Two years after her death and 36 years after her last book, the unprolific but distinctive American writer Bette Howland is having a second life in print.

Workshop your fiction with PEN America #BinghamPrize and American Academy in Rome Prize winner Jack Livings (THE BLIZZAR...
05/29/2019

Workshop your fiction with PEN America #BinghamPrize and American Academy in Rome Prize winner Jack Livings (THE BLIZZARD PARTY; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021) on Tuesday evenings this summer, June 11-July 16 at A Public Space Academy in Brooklyn, $595, enrolling now: https://apublicspace.org/academy/the-fiction-workshop

Image: c. 1800 writing case, at the Met.

Join us for a very special, one night only performance of music and poetry in conversation with metaphysical art masterp...
05/27/2019

Join us for a very special, one night only performance of music and poetry in conversation with metaphysical art masterpieces!

See you at 6pm next Thurs, 5/30 CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art! Enjoy the last Thursday night of May with the performance by Inmo Yang & Dana Kelly, music by Alessandro Rolla, Niccolò Paganini, Stefano Gervasoni, George Frideric Handel, and Roxana Pavel Halvorsen! For tix, visit https://bit.ly/2JEAcsv ! 🥂

Let’s get to know more about the musicians!

Korean violinist Inmo Yang has been hailed by the Boston Globe for his “…seamless technique and a tender warmth of tone,” combined with “…an ability to project an engaging sense of inner sincerity through his playing.” In March 2015, he won the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” in Genoa, Italy, marking the first time--since 2006--that the Paganini Competition jury awarded First Prize.

Violist Dana Kelley has been a top prizewinner in the Sphinx Music Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Argus Quartet, the 2017-2019 Graduate Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School.

For more details, please see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2007462169562588/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-of-poetry-and-music-inspired-by-metaphysical-art-tickets-61235695614?fbclid=IwAR02rWduCw6iwFrmS3nFiD-iP8IID-40h8w6DxXcUzqhKmB_2ni1TBp9TFg

"I want to write the book that would have saved me as a kid." Wonderful to meet Rocky Halpern, 2019 recipient of the Bet...
05/22/2019
Five Questions with Rocky Halpern

"I want to write the book that would have saved me as a kid." Wonderful to meet Rocky Halpern, 2019 recipient of the Bette Howland Nonfiction Award, at our #DiscoverBette party last night! Read an interview with him at The New School Creative Writing Program: https://newschoolwriting.org/five-questions-with-rocky-halpern/

"Rocky Halpern is a writer, sex educator, lifelong nomad, and second year MFA creative writing candidate with a concentration in nonfiction. He is the 2019 recipient of the Bette Howland Nonfiction Award, and currently working on a memoir about his experience coming to terms with being a gay, transg...

Tonight we celebrate #BetteHowland and her genius, with us always (and for new readers, freshly introduced!) and the pub...
05/21/2019

Tonight we celebrate #BetteHowland and her genius, with us always (and for new readers, freshly introduced!) and the publication of her CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE, the first title from A Public Space Books, with special guest, her son Jacob Howland, at APS HQ, 323 Dean Street in Brooklyn, 7pm, bring everyone you know or come solo and make a hundred friends 🥂✨

RSVP link in comments.

"A recipient of both MacArthur Foundation and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  fellowships, the late Bette How...
05/20/2019
25 New Short Story Collections To Read This Summer

"A recipient of both MacArthur Foundation and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships, the late Bette Howland was nearly forgotten as a writer until the early 2010s. Rediscover her work this summer in this newly published collection from A Public Space Books." –– Bustle

Want to know the best way to stuff your vacation full of as many wonderful stories as possible? Spend your summer reading a few of the new short story collections I've picked out for you on this list. Each of these collections packs plenty of great…

"open up a new perspective, illuminate something unnoticed, create or reinforce humor, find the resonant in the collecti...
05/20/2019
An art-inflected foray into the mind of literary legend Brigid Hughes

"open up a new perspective, illuminate something unnoticed, create or reinforce humor, find the resonant in the collective."

Read APS founder Brigid Hughes' literary pairings with art at 20x200, including Hilma af Klint meets the The Poetry Project, and more: https://20x200.com/blogs/news/lit-gallery-brigid-hughes

We’ve been blessed by the brilliance of Brigid Hughes, and if you’re familiar with her work you’ll know how lucky we are to have diverted some of her genius into curating our newest Literary Gallery. Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space, an innovative nonprofit publisher of an accla...

Join us for an evening celebrating our new book, GEOMETRY OF SHADOWS, a bilingual edition of the Italian poetry of the a...
05/20/2019

Join us for an evening celebrating our new book, GEOMETRY OF SHADOWS, a bilingual edition of the Italian poetry of the artist Giorgio de Chirico, translated by Stefania Heim; view CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art's metaphysical painting show, plus live music and prosecco: https://www.italianmodernart.org/upcoming-events/

Happy birthday, Dorthe Nors! Meet her at The Rumpus: "I am Danish, and I am international. I love my country, I love the...
05/20/2019
A Certain Way of Singing: Talking with Dorthe Nors

Happy birthday, Dorthe Nors! Meet her at The Rumpus:

"I am Danish, and I am international. I love my country, I love the landscape, the language, the humor—but I couldn’t live without having access to other regions of the world." MAP OF CANADA coming in 2020!

Dorthe Nors discusses her newest novel, MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL.

"I see a bandwagon, I run the other way. And yet: I’ve been reading Bette Howland, whose stories have been recently 'red...
05/20/2019
What Our Contributors Are Reading This Spring

"I see a bandwagon, I run the other way. And yet: I’ve been reading Bette Howland, whose stories have been recently 'rediscovered' and collected in a book called Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, published earlier this month by A Public Space Books."" –– The Paris Review

Our Spring contributors—Kaveh Akbar, Peter Orner, Kate Zambreno, and more—share their favorite poetry, prose, and free card-game websites.

A chance encounter, years of work in archives all over the country, and one gorgeous hardcover book later, we're ready t...
05/17/2019

A chance encounter, years of work in archives all over the country, and one gorgeous hardcover book later, we're ready to celebrate CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE by Bette Howland, the debut title from A Public Space Books. Join us for our first book party!

TUESDAY, MAY 21 at A Public Space (323 Dean Street, Brooklyn NY 11217)

A Toast to Bette Howland.

Community Bookstore will be there with us, selling copies.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1989270794514829/

"To call A Public Space one of the preeminent literary and cultural publications in the country is an understatement. It...
05/17/2019
An art-inflected foray into the mind of literary legend Brigid Hughes

"To call A Public Space one of the preeminent literary and cultural publications in the country is an understatement. It’s a revelation from one of the finest minds in literature, a champion of diversity and discovery, a convocation of the boundary-breaking, overlooked, underappreciated, and exceptional." –– 20x200's introduction to new interview with APS founder Brigid Hughes:

We’ve been blessed by the brilliance of Brigid Hughes, and if you’re familiar with her work you’ll know how lucky we are to have diverted some of her genius into curating our newest Literary Gallery. Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space, an innovative nonprofit publisher of an accla...

It was a beautiful literary evening.
05/17/2019

It was a beautiful literary evening.

Last night was an ideal spring night in New York as we hosted a preview party at A Public Space for media and influencers to meet Windham-Campbell Prize recipient Helon Habila and give them his new novel, TRAVELERS (W. W. Norton & Company), which everyone will be talking about this summer: https://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=4294998190

"To call A Public Space one of the preeminent literary and cultural publications in the country is an understatement. It...
05/16/2019
An art-inflected foray into the mind of literary legend Brigid Hughes

"To call A Public Space one of the preeminent literary and cultural publications in the country is an understatement. It’s a revelation from one of the finest minds in literature, a champion of diversity and discovery, a convocation of the boundary-breaking, overlooked, underappreciated, and exceptional." –– 20x200

We’ve been blessed by the brilliance of Brigid Hughes, and if you’re familiar with her work you’ll know how lucky we are to have diverted some of her genius into curating our newest Literary Gallery. Hughes is the founding editor of A Public Space, an innovative nonprofit publisher of an accla...

There's something special coming to 20x200 tomorrow–– sign up for their newsletter to read it first!Image: Newsstand, 32...
05/15/2019

There's something special coming to 20x200 tomorrow–– sign up for their newsletter to read it first!

Image: Newsstand, 32nd Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan, by Berenice Abbott

20x200.com

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to foreign-born writers who have demonstrated outstanding ...
05/15/2019
The Vilcek Foundation - The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to foreign-born writers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement early in their careers:

Are you or is someone you know eligible for a 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature? Check eligibility requirements, and apply online at Vilcek.org.

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