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On Thursday, February 29, from 5:30–7pm come meet us at the Thomaskerk (Pr. Irenestraat 36, 1077 WX Amsterdam) to celebrate the launch of Canonically Speaking by Mila Lanfermeijer.
Canonically Speaking is the second title to appear on our First Drafts imprint, a zigzag in Kunstverein Publishing’s output that’s dedicated to publishing completed manuscripts that would otherwise, for an array of reasons, not see the light of day in this rough early form. Central to Canonically Speaking is the idea that (female) life is an inherently surrealist experience. In this spirit, the ‘absurd’ is embraced as a means to speak out on themes such as self-image, spirituality, mental health and work. While slipping between poetry, comprehensive list-making, knock knock jokes and intertextual references, forms of recital and misinterpretation often take place, whereby characters quote and repeat sentences and words from a large variety of sources, jumping from the health benefits of whale blubber to court transcripts of Bill Clinton's impeachment to the plasma that is released when microwaving two grapes side by side.

To celebrate its launch, pieces from this collection of writing will be read out loud at 6pm sharp by Antonia Brown, Jacob Dwyer, Jamie Kane, Lily Lanfermeijer and Mila Lanfermeijer.

The book was designed by Marc Hollenstein and will be available at the event for a special price of €15.