Nicholas DiGiovanni, author of "Rip" to speak at Holland Library on March 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. Please sign up at the library to reserve your spot.
RIP VAN WINKLE MEETS THE SIXTIES (AND FEMINISM)
IN A HILARIOUS RETELLING OF WASHINGTON IRVING’S VENERABLE TALE
Imagine Washington Irving sitting down for a friendly drink and spinning yarns with Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon, and you’ll get an idea of the flavor of Rip, Nicholas DiGiovanni’s satirical retelling of Irving’s venerable story about ne’er-do-well Rip van Winkle.
DiGiovanni brings Rip van Winkle into the Sixties, finds him gainful employment as a toll-taker on the Tappan Zee Bridge, and makes his long suffering wife a charter member in the feminist movement just starting to sweep the country.
There’s a lot more packed into this story, but you’ll just have to read it for yourself. Suffice to say that once you’re done, you’ll understand why novelist Christian Bauman (In Hoboken, The Ice Beneath You) calls DiGiovanni “a master storyteller.”
This handsomely produced Black Angel Press edition includes the full text of Washington Irving’s original tale, giving readers the chance to savor two great storytellers at once.
RIP By Nicholas DiGiovanni A paperback original from Black Angel Press Published November 2011 ISBN: 9780918842688
Nicholas DiGiovanni is a novelist, essayist and journalist. His novella “Rip,” a modern-day parody of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” was published in late 2011 by Black Angel Press. He has written two novel-length manuscripts (“Half Moon” and “City of Gracious Living”) and two other novellas (“Gloryville” and “The Dogs of Arroyo”). Excerpts have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Identity Theory, The Caribbean Writer and elsewhere. He writes a literary blog, “World of Wonders” (www.nicholasdigiovanni.com). He is beginning work on a new novel, tentatively titled “Our Lady of Miracle Lake.”
In 2009, 2010 and 2012, he was a resident fellow at the renowned Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Va. DiGiovanni also has spent considerable time in residence at Wellspring House, a writers retreat in the Berkshires. He is represented by Michele Rubin of Writers House literary agency in New York City.
DiGiovanni founded the Delaware Valley Poetry Festival, held annually in western New Jersey since 1998, which has featured widely-acclaimed poets including Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Louise Gluck and Paul Muldoon. In 2011-2012, he was a member of the planning committee for the annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
Born at Fort Dix Army Hospital in New Jersey while his father was serving in the Air Force, DiGiovanni grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. He lived in Alexandria Township for many years – his three children all graduated from Delaware Valley Regional High School and he was editor for more than two decades of the award-winning weekly newspaper, the Delaware Valley News. He recently left New England and is now dividing his time between New Jersey and New York.