A warm red sunlight was suffusing the smoked glass wall which separates the house from the garden, and I was holding her on my lap and looking into her face, which was literally alight with joy, her eyes big
and round, her mouth smiling toothlessly at me …

—from “The Sins of Generals,” in Unreal City: Stories, by Thomas E. Kennedy

Readings, Lectures, and Other Events

Kennedy often travels throughout the US, Europe, and elsewhere to read from his work, and to lecture and speak. Those interested in having him appear are welcome to contact him. Often, Kennedy can include a venue on one of his tours without travel reimbursement.

For fellow archivists, and those who are just curious to see where else in the world Kennedy has read or lectured lately, we include Events Gone By.


EVENTS GONE BY

Entries are archived here in reverse chronological order.

August 2008

1-10 August: Teaching at FDU-Madison, USA

Kennedy is scheduled to teach at the Madison (New Jersey, USA) campus of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA Program.

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February 2008

1-3 February: Teaching at Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland

Kennedy is scheduled to teach in the Geneva Writers’ Conference at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland.

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January 2008

3-15 January: Reading and Lectures at FDU-Wroxton Abbey, United Kingdom

Kennedy will read and lecture at a workshop at the Wroxton Abbey (UK) campus of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA Program.

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December 2007

Friday, 7 December, 7.00 to 9.30 PM:
Danish PEN Reading at LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tonight, six writers read from their work: Junot Diaz, Thomas E. Kennedy, Rick Moody, Emmy Perez, Benn Q. Holm, and Merete Pryds Helle.

Sponsor: Danish chapter of PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, and Novelists)

Moderator: Anders Jerichow, President of Danish PEN

Location: LiteraturHaus, Møllegade 7, Nørrebro, Copenhagen DK

“I did not expect this, am not prepared, anticipated nothing but a polite smattering of applause. ‘Freedom of expression,’ I say, struggling to compose some coherent statement, but at the moment I cannot even remember what the letters PEN stand for, so I just say, ‘PEN stands for freedom of expression, and that is important.’”

—Thomas E. Kennedy, from his essay, “Giving Up the Money,” which appears online in The Literary Explorer

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November 2007

Wednesday, 21 November, 7.00 PM:
Reading at Chester’s Bookcafé, Copenhagen, Denmark

Kennedy reads from his new short story collection, Cast Upon the Day (Hopewell Publications, 2007), accompanied by the World Music Band, with Henri Kjærulff on alto saxophone.

Chester’s Bookcafé is located at Strandgade 26, 1401 Copenhagen DK (in the Christianshavn area).

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Thursday, 8 November, 8:00 to 10:00 PM:
Readings at LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen, Denmark

Readings by Thomas E. Kennedy (USA/Denmark), Adel Guemar (Wales/Algeria), and others in connection with the University of Copenhagen conference, “Migration and Literature in Contemporary Europe.”

Location: LiteraturHaus, Møllegade 7, Nørrebro, Copenhagen DK

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October 2007

7 October: Launch of Blog at MySpace

Link Directly to Blog

Today, Kennedy launches a weekly blog at MySpace: A Shout From Copenhagen. The first entry is entitled, “Visit to an Open Prison.”

Kennedy invites MySpace members to subscribe to A Shout From Copenhagen and looks forward to reading their comments. Non-members are welcome to preview this blog before deciding whether to join the community. Joining MySpace and subscribing to this blog are both free.

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September 2007

27 September: Reading in Copenhagen, Denmark

At 5.00 p.m. at the Paludan Book Café, Fiolstræde, Kennedy will read from his new short story collection, Cast Upon the Day (Hopewell Publications, 2007).

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21-23 September: DesArts 2020 Art Exhibition and Performance, Copenhagen, Denmark

22 September: Reading

At 4:30 p.m., Kennedy will read from his new short story collection, Cast Upon the Day (Hopewell Publications, 2007), at DesArts, Islands Brygge. See map (please wait a few seconds for the map to download).

For information in English about DesArts, click on “Hvad er DesArts” at the top right of the DesArts website.

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18 September: Five Writers Reading to Launch Atlas 02, Copenhagen, Denmark

At 7.30 p.m. at the Tranquebar Book Café, Kennedy will read at the launch of Atlas 02, a new paperback magazine which is published in India and England.

In addition to Kennedy, who has a story in the issue, the reading will include two Indian writers (Sudeep Sen and Tabish Khair) and two Canadians (Heather Spears and Kim Morrissey).

Tranquebar Book Café is located at Borgergade 14, Copenhagen DK.

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August 2007

26 August: Words Under the Sky (Ord Under Himlen), Copenhagen, Denmark

From 2.00 to 5.00 p.m., Kennedy and 34 other writers and poets will read continuously from their work at Words Under the Sky (Ord Under Himlen), The King’s Garden, Copenhagen.

Link directly to the 16.08.07 entry about Kennedy at the Ord Under Himlen blog.

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2-15 August: Teaching at FDU-Madison, USA

Kennedy is scheduled to teach at the Madison (New Jersey, USA) campus of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA Program.

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May and June 2007

30 May through 19 June: Le Château de Lavigny Writers’ Residence, Lavigny, Switzerland

10 June: Reading

Kennedy reads from his fiction at Château Lavigny.

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May 2007

25 May: Reading in Copenhagen, Denmark

From 9.30-10.30 p.m., Kennedy reads fiction and poetry at DesArts and Ørkenfortet Kigkurren 1, Islands Brygge. See map (please wait a few seconds for the map to download).

For information in English about DesArts, click on “Hvad er DesArts” at the top right of the DesArts website.

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3 May: Reading in Copenhagen, Denmark

Paludan Bookcafé, on Fiolstræde: Kennedy reads from his new novel, A Passion in the Desert.

Café Paludan’s entry at Bookstores with Frank includes an outdated e-mail address. The new e-mail address is: boghandel@paludan-bog.dk

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April 2007

Official release of Kennedy’s novel, A Passion in the Desert, Wordcraft of Oregon

26 April: Reading in Copenhagen, Denmark

Kennedy reads from his new novel, A Passion in the Desert, at Atheneum Bookstore in Copenhagen at 5.00 p.m.

Also reading at this event: Danish poet Niels Hav, Canadian writer Heather Spears, Trinidadian author Lennox Raphael, and American poet Dennis Dubois. Atheneum has one of the prime selections of English-language books in Copenhagen.

To get contact information for the bookstore, please see the entry for Atheneum International Bodhandel at Bookstores with Frank.

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February and March 2007

28 February through 3 March: AWP Annual Conference

2007 Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Conference Title:
Thomas E. Kennedy: A Lifetime of Literature

Panelists:
Duff Brenna, Walter Cummins, Greg Herriges, Michael Lee, Gladys Swan, Robert Stewart

Thursday, 1 March 2007
12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Northwing West, 2nd Floor, R148

Description from AWP website:
Fiction writers, editors, and publishers discuss Thomas E. Kennedy’s 15 books, focusing on the recent, critically praised novels and documentary film of his Copenhagen Quartet, four novels about his adopted city in four styles (experimental, noir, satiric, realistic). An American expatriate in Europe, Kennedy is widely published and anthologized, frequently guest edits The Literary Review, and is International Editor of StoryQuarterly with 20+ years experience teaching writing in US and European universities.

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January 2007

31 January: Website Launch

Break out the champagne! Official Thomas E. Kennedy website launches today.

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