This Sunday afternoon reading features Bill Porter, renowned translator (as Red Pine) of ancient Chinese texts, and chronicler of the old ways in a China undergoing massive change (Road to Heaven, Zen Baggage), and poet/novelist Eric Paul Shaffer, visiting from Hawai'i. Since Red Pine/Bill Porter's last readings locally—for Zen Baggage and translations of Lao-tzu's Taoteching and In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wu—Empty Bowl has released a new edition of P'u Ming's Oxherding Pictures & Verses. We also should have on hand his newest published translation, The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary (Counterpoint)—the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma. The author of five books of poetry, Eric Paul Shaffer is here for his recent novel, Burn & Learn: Memoirs of the Cenozoic Era (Leaping Dog Press). Set in the not-so-distant-once-upon-a-time of Albuquerque, this picaresque tale is one of young men finding—and losing their way in that deeply engrained, western American way. This should be a day of good spirits, all around.
Event date: 
Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 1:30pm
Event address: 
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
98122 Seattle
P'u Ming's Oxherding Pictures & Verses Cover Image
By Red Pine, (Translator)
ISBN: 9781929355204
Availability: Special Order
Published: Empty Bowl Press - June 8th, 2011

The Lankavatara Sutra: A Zen Text Cover Image
By Red Pine (Translator), Bill Porter (Translator)
ISBN: 9781582437910
Availability: Special Order
Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 24th, 2012

Burn & Learn or Memoirs of the Cenozoic Era Cover Image
ISBN: 9781587750281
Availability: Special Order
Published: Leaping Dog Press - October 7th, 2009