Martin Riker, with Edwin Frank, "Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return"
October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM
UPDATE - this event, scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm, has been POSTPONED to Friday, October 12 at 7 pm, due to travel delays.
Martin Riker's debut novel, Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return, is a contemporary retelling of the 1836 novel Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself, reissued by NYRBooks in 2008. Riker and NYRBooks' editor Edwin Frank will discuss the two novels, the similar-yet-different projects of re-issuing a book vs. rewriting it, and more generally their experiences and hopes as publishers— Riker is co-founder of Dorothy, a publishing project, and previously of Dalkey Archive— in bringing forgotten literary works back into the culture.
Martin Riker grew up in central Pennsylvania. He worked as a musician for most of his twenties, worked in nonprofit literary publishing for most of his thirties, and has spent the first half of his forties teaching in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2010, he and his wife Danielle Dutton co-founded the feminist press Dorothy, a Publishing Project. His fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, London Review of Books, the Baffler, and Conjunctions. This is his first novel.
Edwin Frank was born in Boulder, Colorado. He studied at Harvard and Columbia Universities and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He is the editorial director of The New York Review of Books and the author of Snake Train: Poems 1984-2013.