September 12, 2017

Shawn Wen in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman

Shawn Wen will discuss her new book, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause, with n+1 contributor Alexandra Kleeman.

The event is free and open to the public.

7 PM, September 12, 2017
68 Jay Street #405
Brooklyn, NY 11201

RSVP on Facebook and via email to rsvp@nplusonemag.com.

“Shawn Wen’s evocative writing invites us into the audience to watch the powdered face arch into emotional heights, the body sway against unseen wind . . . With A Twenty Minutes Silence Followed by Applause, Wen offers an invigorating and memorable paean to Marcel Marceau’s talent and tragedies, wrapped in a melodic critique that is unafraid to show the pain of an artist who sometimes felt trapped in a box.”
The Washington Post

“A captivating exercise in style and form . . . A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause immortalizes the silent man in words. . . . Wen distills Marcel Marceau’s life by allowing his eccentricities, words, life, and work to speak for him. Wen’s admiration for Marceau is most evident in her beautifully wrought descriptions of his best-known performances; these careful renderings and thoughtful observations bring Marceau’s movements to life on the page.”
—The Los Angeles Review of Books

“A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau . . . A fascinating book . . . Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch.”
—Kirkus Reviews