New Book by Barbara Browning & Sebastien Regnier: The Terrarium: Correspondence & Essays

Top Quote ADELAIDE BOOKS is proud to present the latest work by Barbara Browning & Sébastien Régnier: The Terrarium: Correspondence & Essays. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 11, 2022 - This work of literary non-fiction is comprised of alternating chapters between the two authors. Browning’s chapters take the form of personal correspondence to her co-author, while Régnier’s take the form of seemingly internal, contemplative essays, drawing on his prior journal entries, songs, and photographs. The distinction, however, between second and third-person address is perhaps illusory, as the work goes on to illustrate the ways in which personal correspondence and contemplative writing bleed into one another.

    Chapters follow the chronology of a period of several months which the authors spent together in seclusion in a country house in Normandy. Browning, the confirmed New Yorker, adapts to Régnier’s “decompositional” methods in the countryside. Decomposition here refers not only to his penchant for nurturing toads and salamanders in the pond muck he’s placed in small glass terrariums in their house. It also refers to his writerly methods. Over the period of their collaboration, they not only adapt to each other’s languages, cultures, and histories. They also begin to sort out their approaches to the questions of eroticism and mortality.

    Barbara Browning has published three novels: The Correspondence Artist (Two Dollar Radio, 2011), winner of the Lambda Literary Award; I’m Trying to Reach You (Two Dollar Radio, 2012), short-listed for The Believer Book Award; and The Gift (or, Techniques of the Body) (Emily Books/Coffee House Press, 2017), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She has also published three academic books. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.

    Sébastien Régnier is a singer-songwriter and screenwriter. His film credits include L’Histoire d’une mère (2016), Martha Martha (2001), and Kabloonak (1994), winner of the French Grand Prix for Best Screenplay. With Barbara Browning, he published a work of autofiction, Who the Hell is Imre Lodbrog? (Outpost19, 2018).

    Title: The Terrarium: Correspondence & Essays
    Author: Barbara Browning & Sébastien Régnier
    Publisher: Adelaide Books
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    Publisher Email: info ( @ ) adelaidebooks dot org
    ISBN: 978-1956635423
    Price: $19.60
    Page Count: 252 pages
    Format: Paperback

    Description of the company: ADELAIDE BOOKS LLC is a New York based independent company dedicated to publishing literary fiction and creative nonfiction. It was founded in July 2017 as an imprint of the Adelaide Literary Magazine, with the aim to facilitate publishing of novels, memoirs, and collections of short stories, poems, and essays by contributing authors of our magazine and other qualified writers.

    We believe that in doing so, we best fulfill the mission outlined in Adelaide Magazine - "to promote writers we publish, helping both new and emerging, and established authors reaching a wider literary audience."

    Our motto is: We don't publish classics, we make classics.

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