- Mar 8, 2019
The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence
Book Reading with A. W. Barnes
Followed by Conversation with Therese Eiben
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7pm – Free & Open to the Public!
Join us beforehand at 6:15pm for a supper of Vegan Thai Dinner: Peanut Noodles with Tofu Cucumber Salad in Sweet Chili Sauce with Fresh Herbs, Bean Sprouts, and Gingered Carrots (Vegan & Gluten Free, $10 members / $12.50 general). Please RSVP for dinner at 518-822-8100 or at email@example.com
Copies of The Dark Eclipse available at the TSL Book Space
The Dark Eclipse (Rutgers University Press) is a book of personal essays in which author A.W. Barnes seeks to come to terms with the suicide of his older brother, Mike. Using source documentation—police report, autopsy, suicide note, and death certificate—the essays explore Barnes’ relationship with Mike and their status as gay brothers raised in a large conservative family in the Midwest. In addition, the narrative traces the brothers’ difficult relationship with their father, a man who once studied to be a Trappist monk before marrying and fathering eight children. Because of their shared sexual orientation, Andrew hoped he and Mike would be close, but their relationship was as fraught as the author’s relationship with his other brothers and father. While the rest of the family seems to have forgotten about Mike, who died in 1993, Barnes has not been able to let him go. This book is his attempt to do so.
–Lambda Literary (full review)
A.W. Barnes has a Ph.D. in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. His nonfiction has appeared in Broad Street, The Away Journal, Gertrude Press, and Sheepshead Review. His academic book Post-Closet Masculinities in Early Modern Englandwas published by Bucknell University Press in 2009. He lives in New York City.
Therese Eiben is a faculty member of Philip Schultz’s Writers Studio and founding co-director of The Writers Studio / Hudson Valley branch. She is formerly the editor of Poets & Writers magazine and co-editor of a book of essays,The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication (Penguin.) Her fiction has appeared in december magazine (Pushcart nom.) and The Alaska Quarterly Review, among other publications.