Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book Discussion: The Jazz Fiction Anthology - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

With the new exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist on the main stage, the Nasher Museum explores jazz through works in The Jazz Fiction Anthology (ed. Sascha Feinstein and David Rife), a collection of short fiction works written between 1920 and the present.


This selection of jazz-related fiction includes authors Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, and Richard Yates.  While many stories explore the lives of 1920s musicians and artists, the collection is tied together across authors and times through the spirit of the music.  The writers not only write about jazz, but compose a linguistic form of jazz, translating the experience of the music into accessible stories. In the editors’ own words, “The actions of characters and the descriptions of landscapes provide metaphoric ways to consider the essence of music. What fiction can do, in other words is recreate the ambiance of jazz and… allow us to reconsider the music beyond its sheer aesthetic power.”


We invite you to explore selections from these jazz-influenced stories with us.  Book discussions will take place on Sunday, March 9 at 2 PM and on Wednesday, March 12 at 11 AM. Both conversations will be held in the Archibald Motley exhibition.  Copies of The Jazz Fiction Anthology can be purchased at the Nasher Museum Store.  Museum members receive a 10% discount. 


Questions can be directed to Jessica Ruhle at