East Coast Artists presents

From Here to Timbuktu…

An evening with East Coast Artists' Richard Schechner and Writer Paul Auster

March 10th, 2005

Cocktails and Auction at 5 pm Events from 7-9pm

Evening Festivities Include:

Food and Drink Live Music A look at ECA's past, present and future Silent Auction featuring works by emerging New York City artist Allan Linder A reading from the adaptation of Paul Auster's Timbuktu , performed by Tony Award winning actor Frank Wood, Obie Award winning actor Steven Rattazzi Members of the ECA ensemble, and Paul Auster , himself.

Tickets: Benefactor $150 at the The Performing Garage 33 Wooster Street New York, NY

Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to his career as a writer, Auster has been a census taker, tutor, merchant seaman, little-league baseball coach, and a telephone operator. After graduating from Columbia in 1970, he started his writing career as a translator.

He soon gained popularity for the detective novels that make up his New York Trilogy. Auster's novel, "The Invention of Solitude," is a memoir exploring the relationship he had with his father. Auster has gradually shifted from mystery writing to science fiction. His other works include "Leviathan" and "Moon Palace." In addition to his novels, Auster has written screenplays and directed several films. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a French Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature.

Synopsis:

Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster's astonishing new book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

The New York Times Bestseller-

"[Timbuktu] emerges as Auster's most touching, most emotionally accessible book."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Lovely...[Paul Auster] is one of our most inventive and least predictable authors."-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"A novel of haunted love whose themes loop around one another like glowing coils, connecting gracefully beneath Auster's clear prose, eliciting the fanciful and the tragic."-Oscar Villalon, The San Francisco Chronicle

"After reading Timbuktu, we ramble through our world with reawakened senses and newly alert minds. This is the Auster magic....[His] books tease and challenge. There is an innocence in his work that is entirely compatible with the complexity of his artistry....Paul Auster is a genuine American original."-Paul Kafka, Boston Globe

Review:

"In a world in which many people get treated like dogs, Paul Auster has elected to tell us the story of a dog's life, and by the end of this brief, extraordinary book he has made us think, feel and even dream along with his canine Mr. Bones. By stepping outside the frame of our own species, Auster allows us to see ourselves afresh, through the eyes of the loving, half-comprehending, half-mystified aliens who live within our homes." Salman Rushdie

Review:

"Ultimately ... Timbuktu is much smarter than either of its seekers of wisdom, and there are periodic flashes of gorgeous prose to prove it." Jim Shepard, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"...Auster does a nimble job of showing what the world might feel like from a dog's perspective.... [Timbuktu] emerges as Auster's most touching, most emotionally accessible book." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"From Smoke to The Invention of Solitude to Timbuktu, Paul Auster has been an unswerving voice no matter what form he chooses, no matter what tale he imagines and tells. A generous heart always. A style on the high-wire always." Michael Ondaatje

The exhibit and benefit were well recieved and completely sold out.

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