Philip Kobylarz and Renee Rettig / A Miscellany of Diverse Things at THE BINDERY

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Booksmith is excited to host Philip Kobylarz for his new book A Miscellany of Diverse Things. He'll be in conversation with Renee Rettig.


Please note: this event will be held at the Bindery, 1727 Haight St. in San Francisco. It is free and open to the public. Join us!


The essence of a miscellany of diverse things is not merely to catalog a wunderkammer of everyday objects, but moreover to hold up a double mirror: one to reveal the interior lives of objects, and another to reflect the depths of their creators and owners. Kobylarz's poetry may initially elevate the mundane, but its deepest design is to ask what the human possession divulges about the human being. The quotidian isn't only ecstatic; the quotidian is a book of revelations.


With nods to Flaubert's Le Dictionnaire des IdEes Recues and Bierce's Devil's Dictionary, Kobylarz moves beyond a contained lexicon to a flung-open cabinet of curiosities. Encyclopedic in its compilation (more than 400 entries in this dictionary volume), miscellany avoids the static inventory list of a storehouse to embody the world as theatre. There are no museum exhibits, with objects isolated and preserved in glass cases. Instead, Kobylarz places spotlights on the minute, under-appreciated, and even unloved. He regards common objects as pearls within the world of an oyster, but never forgets their genesis of grit and irritant.



Philip Kobylarz is a teacher and writer of fiction, poetry, and essays. He has worked as a journalist and film critic for newspapers in Memphis. His work appears in such publications as Paris Review and The Best American Poetry series. He is the author of a book of poems concerning life in the south of France and a short story collection titled Now Leaving Nowheresville. His creative non-fiction collection All Roads Lead from Massilia is forthcoming from Everytime Press of Adelaide, Australia and his book now available from Brooklyn's Lit Riot Press is titled A Miscellany of Diverse Things.


Renee Rettig has had the great good fortune to work at an independent bookstore in the Bay Area for the last twenty-two years of her literary life. Although Hayward's The Book Shop closed after serving its community for over 56 years, Renee is about to live out all of our dreams, and open Books on B right across the street, this July.



RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of A Miscellany of Diverse Things, please order below and put your request in the comments field. 

A Miscellany of Diverse Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997694376
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lit Riot Press, LLC - April 4th, 2017