Tank Summer Book Salons

Launched on Wednesday 1st June , Tank and Parker present four reading salons that explore the art and craft of writing and producing books, with some of the most exciting authors, editors and thinkers in the literary world. The talks will take place at Tank magazine, 91-93 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7NX.

With the Salon space dressed by the team at Seventy74 this was going to be as stylish to attend as it was interesting to listen to the enlightening conversations. The team used thesuper comfortable mink velvet & Zig zag 50’sarmchairs from our Re-worked selection

The opening salon based on the theme of fiction featured very compelling discussion between Adam Thirwell and Alvaro Enrigue talking all things writing novels, translation and global literature. The rest of the month will see three fascinating talks as outlined ahead.

Tank Summer Reader 2016, published 2 June, compiles excerpts from the year’s best books curated by Barbara Epler, Gerhard Steidl and Kai Friese. The issue also features book recommendations from the likes of Francesco Vezzoli, Wolfgang Streeck, Asif Kapadia, Michael Stipe and others.

Tank Summer Book Salons - Schedule of events:

Thursday 16th June PUBLISHING: Barbara Epler on editing and independent publishing.

A conversation followed by a Q&A.

BARBARA EPLER started working at New Directions in 1984, and is now the president and publisher. She has been lucky to work with terrific colleagues and to work on the books of such stellar writers as W.G. Sebald, Roberto Bolaño, László Krasznahorkhai , César Aira, Inger Christensen, Muriel Spark, Keith Ridgway, Joseph Roth, Robert Walser, Stevie Smith, Yoel Hoffmann, John Keene, Yoko Tawada, Eka Kurniawan, and Clarice Lispector, as well as the poets Susan Howe, Michael Palmer, and Bernadette Mayer. Independent since 1936, New Directions is a for-profit literary press based in New York that brings out about 35 new books a year and maintains more than 1,300 titles on its backlist. 

Wednesday 22nd June PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Mack and Torbjørn Rødland on the relationship between art, photography and bookmaking.

A conversation followed by a Q&A.

MICHAEL MACK is the founder of London-based art and photography publishing house MACK

TORBJØRN RØDLAND was born and raised in Stavanger, Norway. He studied photography at Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Since the mid-1990s his work has been exhibited widely. It was included in the main exhibition of the Venice Biennale of 1999. The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo arranged a retrospective exhibition of Rødland’s work as early as in 2003. Between 2004 and 2007 Rødland produced five video works. One of these, titled 132 BPM, was exhibited solo at MOMA PS1 and at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Rødland has put out several photography books – his seventh, titled Confabulations, was published by MACK in May 2016. After years of short stays in Tokyo, Beijing, Melbourne, Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Tallinn and New York, Torbjørn Rødland has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2010. This summer his work can be seen in Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Manifesta 11 in Zurich, as a light box in the 9th Berlin Biennial and as a billboard organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

Tuesday 28th June NON-FICTION: Pankaj Mishra and Faisal Devji on current affairs, long-form journalism and academic writing.

A conversation followed by Q&A.

PANKAJ MISHRA is the author of several books, including The Romantics: A Noveland From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia. He writes political and literary essays for the Guardian, the New Yorker, the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books, and is a columnist for Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review.

FAISAL DEVJI is Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow of St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of books on militant Islam, the globalisation of politics and the modern history of India and Pakistan.

Tickets (£5) will be available via HERE from 17 March. All ticket holders will receive a copy of the Tank Summer Reader, a Parker pen and a Baron & Fig notebook.

Talks will run from 6:30PM and include a discussion, followed by an audience Q&A