July 27, 2016 Comments Off on THE LAST SAMURAI : Events

For those in or near New York, the following events have been planned to mark the reissue of The Last Samurai:

Saturday July 30 7:30 pm

Helen DeWitt and Timo Andres,
THE LAST SAMURAI, an evening of music and reading
Tickets $20

National Sawdust
80 N 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Sunday July 31 5pm and 9pm

Screenings of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai with brief introduction by Helen DeWitt,
book signing after 5pm showing

The Metrograph
6 Ludlow Street
New York, NY

Tuesday August 2 7:00 pm
Reading, book signing, PARTY!!!

Community Bookstore
143 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Hope to see you if you’re in town!

I will also be visiting various bookstores to sign copies of the new edition of The Last Samurai; the schedule is roughly as follows:

Monday August 1, NYC

2 pm — Posman’s Books, Chelsea Market
2: 30 pm — 192 Books
3 pm — The Strand
3:30 pm — Three Lives
4 pm — McNally Jackson

Tuesday August 2,  Brooklyn 

Afternoon — Greenlight Bookstore
6 pm — Community Bookstore (see above)
If any other bookstores feel they have been overlooked and would like me to drop by, please contact the New Directions publicist, Mieke Chew (

The Last Samurai: New Directions reissue

June 8, 2016 Comments Off on The Last Samurai: New Directions reissue

New Directions officially reissued The Last Samurai on May 31, 2016.  Astute readers will notice that this website does not properly reflect the new state of affairs: the pages relating to The Last Samurai refer to the Miramax edition.  Both Cyberduck and Filezilla have failed to let me connect to my webhost and upload a new page; no doubt this will be fixed in time.

Meanwhile, information about the new edition is available on the ND website, here.

And here, 7 booksellers talk on LitHub about 7 ways to handsell a lost modern masterpiece. No, NOT the book of the film starring Tom Cruise: the image is a test to see if you’re paying attention.  They offer 7 perspectives on The Last Samurai (the book which has nothing to do with Tom Cruise, but has a certain amount to say about Tall Men in Tight Jeans and the Tyrone Power school of acting).


July 14, 2011 Comments Off on Excelsior

This website was set up in 2005.  Anyone looking at the news items of the last 6 years could be forgiven for thinking that nothing ever happens; there seems to be an Event about once a year.

This is not actually the case.

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July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

For Auld Lang Syne.

May 2011

Work in Krakow Photomonth in collaboration with Elizabeth McAlpine

2 April 2011

Reading from ‘Awesome, or The Internet as Consolation’, from special edition of the Review of Contemporary Fiction on Failure: MoMA P.S. 1, 22-25 Jackson Ave (at the intersection of 46th Ave), Long Island City, NY 11101, 3-5pm

November 2010

Lightning Rods, a satire on sexual harassment, sold to New Directions for publication in October 2011.

Summer 2009

‘Give God a Chance’ in Puerto del Sol, Vol. 44, No. 2

Winter 2008

Excerpt from Your Name Here, a novel written in collaboration with Ilya Gridneff, published in n+1 No. 6


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

Winter 2005

Letter to an Undergraduate
Yale Review of Books

22 November 2005

limit5 written for the opening of Ingrid Kerma’s exhibition, Blushing Brides, at Broadbent Gallery