ND 80 Party

New Directions was founded in 1936 by James Laughlin, following the advice of Ezra Pound to “do something useful.” Since then, New Directions has published over 1500 works of literature. We celebrated our 80th birthday last Friday at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn.

For those who couldn’t make it, you missed: John Keene’s toast and a slice of his story “Rivers”; Rivka Galchen reading Ezra Pound and Stevie Smith; Eliot Weinberger’s tantric ode to the ND goddesses; Bernadette Mayer reading an erotic Chinese poem, a poem inspired by rap music, and another about Lyme disease; Anne Carson reading from The Albertine Workout, and anniversary poem to her husband, Currie; and László Krasznahoraki’s nihilistic reading, with an “except for New Directions” punch line.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate! We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to ND over the years, everyone who participated in the event, our co-publisher, Christine Burgin, the wonderful booksellers at Greenlight for having us, and all of our readers.

Cheers to 80 years to New Directions!

Photos: Sachyn Mital

 

Barbara Epler, Bernadette Mayer, and the front row at Greenlight look up at John Keene

 

Outside Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn

 

Eliot Weinberger out front

 

Anne Carson before the event

 

ND books on display

 

ND80 M&M's

 

Robert Currie, Anne Carson, and friend

 

Co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore, Jessica Stockton Bagnulo

 

Jessica waves THE WAY IT WASN'T

 

Mieke Chew

 

John Keene

 
 

Rivka Galchen with Ezra Pound

 
 

Eliot Weinberger and crowd

 
 

Bernadette Mayer

 
 
 
 

Anne Carson

 
 

László Krasznahorkai

 
 

László and Barbara Epler share a hug

 
 
 

Barbara and our web wizard, Bud Parr

 
 
 
 

Mieke Chew, Katie Raissian, and Allison Elizabeth

 
 
 
 
 

Happy Anniversary Currie and Anne!

 
 
 
 

Maya Bradford and Emily Ballaine all the way from Green Apple Bookstore in San Francisco

 

Rivka and Susan Bernofsky

 
 

Laurie Callahan and Susan with ND tattoos. That's not coming off.

 

Anne Waldman, Mieke Chew, Nina Subin

 

Rivka Galchen, Joseph O'Neill, David Gordon, Barbara Epler