August 28, 2015KR BlogReading

Blog discussion of Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning

kayakThis is the first in a series of posts about Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning. Please click on the links below to access additional posts.
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Part One
David Lynn, Part Two
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Part Three
Sarah J. Heidt, Part Four
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Part Five
Claire Oleson, Part Six

Over the month of September, David Lynn, Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, and other insightful readers will be conducting a blog conversation about Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning. Rosenblatt will receive the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement in New York City on November 5, and he will be in Gambier on October 2-3 to give a keynote address at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival. We’ll celebrate with workshops, panel discussions, a sidewalk sale, and other readings.

As a part of the Knox Reads! program, we’re distributing copies of Kayak Morning from 9:00-11:00 AM on Saturday, August 29 at the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market and from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, September 4 during First Friday at Paragraphs Bookstore (if you’re local, please stop by one of these giveaways!). Limited copies will also be available at the Mount Vernon Library. We’ll conduct in-person conversations at the Mount Vernon Library, at Paragraphs Bookstore, with Kenyon College students, and in local high schools. And we’d love to hear from you, too–please follow along, and leave thoughts and comments.

Roger Rosenblatt is the winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, a Peabody Award, an Emmy, and two George Polk awards. He is the author of seventeen books, five of which have been New York Times Notable Books, and six off-Broadway plays. He writes essays for Time magazine and for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. If you’re not familiar with his work already, you can listen to a conversation between Rosenblatt and David Lynn.

The award-winning Kayak Morning is a meditation on grief, solitude, and family. Floating out on the water, Rosenblatt’s mind wanders–to the subjects he has met around the world during his storied career as a journalist, to the words and letters he rearranges in his head to kill time, to poems he has read and famous books about men in boats and, of course, to memories of his daughter, Amy, who has passed away two and a half years before the story begins. “You can’t always make your way in the world by moving up,” he writes. “Or down, for that matter. Boats move laterally on water, which levels everything. It is one of the two great levelers.”

We’ll post the first installment of this conversation in early September. Join us!

Click here for the next post in the series: Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Week One