Cancelled - Fenton Johnson with Dianne Aprile
*This event has been cancelled.
This Sunday afternoon program brings Fenton Johnson back to Seattle after much too long a time away - from Seattle (at least publicly) and in terms of books. He is here with a most remarkable new one, At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life (W.W. Norton). Using his own life as a touchstone, Fenton Johnson ventures through literary and cultural history, telling stories of Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Bill Cunningham in doing so, people who, for whatever partnering they may have done in life, kept most intact their sense of solitude, differentiating rich, seeking, questing, abiding inner life from loneliness in doing so.
“In studies of the lives of beloved artists, and in beautiful meditations on his own life, Fenton Johnson encourages us to understand solitariness as consecration, a fecund, rich condition for the pursuit of beauty. Fenton Johnson’s writing is so companionable and wise that it enacts what it counsels…it converts sterile loneliness to creative solitude.” - Garth Greenwell.
“A work of staggering tenderness, intelligence and beauty…a new vision of self, community and home. This achingly honest and gorgeously written book should come with a warning: It will change you.” - Harriet Lerner.
Journalist Dianne Aprile, author of The Abbey of Gethsemani: Place of Peace and Paradox, will join in onstage conversation.
Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.