Library Events

Flat View
By Year
Monthly View
By Month
Weekly View
By Week
Daily View

Evenings with an author: An evening of Alan Seeger
Monday 05 June 2017, 19:30

Location : The American Library in Paris

Category : Adults

Add to your calendar :  Download as iCal file


At this special Monday evening event, author Chris Dickon speaks about the Library's inspiration, Alan Seeger. The year 2016  marked the centennial of the World War I death of American poet-soldier Seeger in the French Foreign Legion. His dedication to France would play a role in the eventual American entrance into the war, and his poems I Have a Rendezvous with Death and Champagne 1914-1915 would gain a permanent place in the literature of armed conflict.


June will mark the publication of the first modern biography of Alan Seeger and the premiere performance in Paris of an oratorio based on his journey through the trenches and ruined villages of northern France. Chris Dickon, author of A Rendezvous With Death: Alan Seeger in Poetry, at War will follow Seeger's journey through the war and talk about his place in the intricate history of the United States and France (and in the founding of the American Library in Paris). Patrick Zimmerli, composer of Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny, will preview the 7 June  premier of this musical event at Cathédrale des Invalides. Together, they will reflect a creative process that returns a young poet of the Great War to relevance in contemporary times. 


SeegerFrontCover 210


About the speakers

Chris Dickon1 2 210Chris Dickon is a writer and veteran television and radio producer/​reporter/​writer with most of his previous work in public broadcasting, and current effort in book and article writing and research. His documentaries, features, reporting and interviewing have been broadcast nationally on PBS stations and on National Public Radio, and internationally on the Voice of America. Awards for his broadcast work have come from Columbia University, Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, and included an Emmy from the Capital Region Chapter of NATAS. As an author of seven books, he has brought the storytelling and graphic style of broadcast production to books that tell little known stories of American history. His most recent book, Americans at War in Foreign Forces, tells the story of the 75,000 plus Americans who fought in the two World Wars as members of Canadian, British, French and other foreign forces. It complements The Foreign Burial of American War Dead, which traces the history of American war dead still buried abroad since the Revolutionary War, and the evolution of American attitudes and practices about its war dead. A third book in the series, due in June 2017, will profile the World War I American poet Alan Seeger.




Patrick Zimmerli 49 webNew York- and Paris-based composer/saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli writes a sophisticated yet approachable hybrid of contemporary classical and jazz music. Recent collaborators include Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, Brian Blade, Luciana Souza, the Knights Orchestra and the Escher String Quartet. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala São Paolo in Brazil, the Vienna Konzerthaus Grosser Saal and the new SF Jazz Center.

Zimmerli has written numerous orchestral, chamber and choral works, including two four-movement Piano Trios for the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and two four-movement Piano Concertos with jazz percussion, written for the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and pianists Ethan Iverson and Sonia Rubinsky. Zimmerli was awarded the 2015 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He created a special site-specific piece entitled Waterfall/Gathering Pools for the Centre Pompidou in Paris in collaboration with the Paris Percussion Group.