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Image/Text readings with Christine Hume & Matthew Newton

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We’re pleased to announce a very special evening of image and text presentations with authors Christine Hume and Matthew Newton Friday April 13 from 7 to 9pm.

“Question Like A Face”, by Christine Hume and Jeff Clark, is the second in an ITI Press series of pocket-sized, hard-bound, image-text collaborations between a writer and a visual artist. In a powerful foray into prose, poet Christine Hume forces herself to look at gender violence and complicity within the intimate and immediate interiors of a small city in Michigan. Like any tale of power, this one begins with the careless dismissal of a whole life. Christine Hume will be reading and presenting images from the chapbook. ***Please note - not suitable for children.***

“Shopping Mall” is part memoir and part case study -- examining the modern mythology of the mall and shows that, more than a collection of stores, it is a place of curiosity, ritual, and fantasy. The mall near Matthew Newton's childhood home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was one of the state's first enclosed shopping malls. Like all malls in their heyday, this one was a climate-controlled pleasuredome where strangers converged. It boasted waterfalls, fish ponds, an indoor ice skating rink larger than Rockefeller Center's, and a monolithic clock tower illuminated year-round beneath a canopy of interconnected skylights. It also became the backdrop for filmmaker George A. Romero's zombie opus Dawn of the Dead. “Shopping Mall” is part of the Object Lessons series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things, published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic. Matthew will be reading and presenting photographs he came across during his research.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.