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Also a Poet

Ada Calhoun

Warwick’s presents
Ada Calhoun

Also a Poet

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 7:30pm PDT

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Also a Poet

Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

On Wednesday, June 29th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Ada Calhoun as she discusses and signs her new book, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and MeAda Calhoun is the New York Times bestselling author of St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest StreetWedding Toasts I'll Never Give and Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis. She has written for the New York Times, the New Republic, and the Washington Post.

When Ada Calhoun stumbled upon old cassette tapes of interviews her father, celebrated art critic Peter Schjeldahl, had conducted for his never-completed biography of poet Frank O'Hara, she set out to finish the book her father had started forty years earlier.

As a lifelong O'Hara fan who grew up amid his bohemian cohort in the East Village, Calhoun thought the project would be easy, even fun, but the deeper she dove, the more she had to face not just O'Hara's past, but also her father's, and her own.

The result is a groundbreaking and kaleidoscopic memoir that weaves compelling literary history with a moving, honest, and tender story of a complicated father-daughter bond. Also a Poet explores what happens when we want to do better than our parents, yet fear what that might cost us; when we seek their approval, yet mistrust it.

In reckoning with her unique heritage, as well as providing new insights into the life of one of our most important poets, Calhoun offers a brave and hopeful meditation on parents and children, artistic ambition, and the complexities of what we leave behind.

Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me By Ada Calhoun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802159786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - June 14th, 2022