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Marlon James HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 6:30 P.M.
Novelist Marlon James, author of the Booker Prize–winning A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014), talks about why he writes. New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani described A Brief History of Seven Killings as "epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It's also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting." James's other novels include John Crow's Devil (2005) and The Book of Night Women (2010). Members receive priority seating and complimentary parking. Signed books will be available for purchase at the event.
Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 5:50 p.m. for members and at 6 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entry; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.
"Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection" CURATOR LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7 P.M.
Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, presents "Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection," a behind-the-scenes look at the visual detective work involved in researching photographs for the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World. She recounts how various tools—from contact sheets to Google Earth—helped shed new light on some of Erwitt's best-known works. Following the talk, McDonald will be available for questions in the galleries. A pre-lecture reception is open to current members at the Alliance level and above; RSVP required for reception; limited capacity.
"Dining with Harry Houdini" COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 11 A.M.
The Ransom Center and Central Market present "Dining with Harry Houdini," a cooking class inspired by the life of the legendary performer and stage illusionist. This October marks the 90th anniversary of Houdini's death (March 24, 1874–Oct. 31, 1926). The archive of Houdini is housed at the Ransom Center.
The menu, designed by Chef Louis Ortiz, draws inspiration from Houdini's Hungarian heritage. It features some of the performer's favorite dishes including chicken paprikash with fennel potatoes; Hungarian goulash with spatzel; and custard bread pudding with cherry sauce. Each course will be paired with wines of the region.
Pre-payment and registration required online or by calling 512-206-1014. Registration opens on Sept. 1. The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive a 10 percent discount from September 1–7. Class size is limited and for ages 21 and up.
View materials from the Houdini archive in the Ransom Center's lobby from October 1 through November 2.
Member Book Club: Kazuo Ishiguro MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 11 A.M.
Dive into the collections with our first-ever member book club! Join us for lunch and lively discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. Ishiguro's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Materials will be selected and shown to give insight into his writing process. Advance registration and payment is required. Parking is included. Limited capacity.
New Member Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7 P.M.
Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this Director's Reception and New Member Open House. Invitation only; RSVP required.
Behind-the-Scenes Building Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 11 A.M.
Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Education and Exhibitions, leads an exclusive behind-the-scenes, top-to-bottom tour of the Ransom Center, discussing the past and future of collection development and stewardship. Open to members at the Guild level and above; RSVP required; limited capacity.
Member Book Club: Don DeLillo MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 11 A.M.
Dive into the collections with our member book club! Join us for lunch and a lively discussion of Don DeLillo's Libra. DeLillo's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Materials will be selected and shown to give insight into his writing process. Advance registration and payment is required. Parking is included. Limited capacity.
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