January 11, 2019

Since When: A Memoir in Pieces


Friday, January 11
6:30 pm

Reception at 5:45 pm

Eliot Hall Chapel
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock

Please join Spare Room, the Cooley Gallery, and the family of Bill Berkson as we celebrate the publication of Since When: A Memoir in Pieces, out now from Coffee House Press.

There will be a reception with food and drink at 5:45 pm, with readings and music at 6:30. 

Copies of the memoir will be available for purchase.

Readers will include:

Connie Lewallen     Nina Lewallen Hufford
LĂ©onie Guyer     David Abel
James Yeary     Paul Maziar
Jen Coleman     Lisa Radon
Sam Lohmann     Chris Ashby

with music by

Philip Greenlief & Claudia La Rocco

Bill Berkson was a poet, art critic, and joyful participant in the best of postwar and bohemian American culture. Since When gathers the ephemera of a life well lived, a collage of bold-face names, parties, exhibitions, and literary history from a man who could write "of [Truman Capote's Black and White] ball, which I attended as my mother's escort, I have little recollection" and reminisce about imagining himself as a character from Tolstoy while tripping on acid at Woodstock. Gentle, witty, and eternally generous, this is Bill, and a particular moment in American history, at its best.