November 3, 2005

Elizabeth Block

Of interest to the greater Spare Room Audience:

Please come see and hear San Francisco based writer/poet/filmmaker,
Elizabeth Block read at Portland's Twenty-Third Avenue Books, Thursday,
November 3, 7:30 p.m. New York's Spuyten Duyvil Press just published
her debut novel, A Gesture Through Time. The book was short-listed
for a Heekin Foundation first novel fellowship and a Starcherone
Fiction Prize.

Maxine Chernoff writes: "Elizabeth Block's A Gesture Through Time is a
novel for the new millennium. Deft and funny and wise, it examines
authorship, narration, technology, love, and memory, and asks most
playfully what it means to tell a story. Always inventing and bravely
trying out new strategies, she puts most writers and their sorry
pretenses of invention to shame. In the spirit of Sterne's Tristram
Shandy, A Gesture Through Time captures the relation of muse and amuse,
taking the reader on a spirited, pleasure-filled journey."
Robert Clark Young writes (The Brooklyn Rail, September 2005)" "Reading
[it] is like wandering into the nexus between modernism and
postmodernism, with new-millennium versions of the poetry riffs, prose
poems, and stream-of-consciousness flights that are found in Ulysses or
"The Waste Land."

Block's work has been exposed or is forthcoming in/on TDR, Black Ice,
Alt-X, Chain, Eclectic Seizure Radio, San Francisco Bay Guardian,
ONTHEBUS, Drunken Boat, Documents Between, Camerawork, Chimera Review,
The Detroit Free Press, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco
Cinematheque, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Exploratorium Museum,
Santa Fe Art Institute, etc. Block has received writing grants and
fellowships from Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Mill Foundation,
Sigma Xi Society for Scientific Research, University of Michigan,
University of California, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco's Intersection
for the Arts.

A Gesture Through Time
the novel by Elizabeth Block
available October 2005
ISBN 1-933132-13-2