SMU’s DeGolyer Library is honoring Willard Spiegelman on April 30 to mark the release of his latest book – a celebration of the pursuit of everyday pleasures. The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception in the library’s Texana Room, followed by a 6:30 lecture and book signing in its Stanley Marcus Reading Room
Spiegelman, the Duwain E. Hughes Jr. Distinguished Professor of English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has written Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness, published in April 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In Seven Pleasures, Spiegelman seeks to define “real happiness” and examines the possibilities for achieving it without recourse to the “happiness industries” – religion and pharmacology.
In his essays, Spiegelman – who is also editor of SMU’s Southwest Review literary quarterly – explores 7 activities that lead naturally and easily to a sense of well-being: dancing, reading, walking, looking, listening, swimming and writing.
“Some books are easy companions, and this essay collection, in which Spiegelman speaks affectionately of them, can join their ranks,” reads the Publishers Weekly review. “Spiegelman … is no self-help guru, but he is an intelligent, well-read and kindly soul.”
Copies of Spiegelman’s book will be available for purchase at the signing. The event is free; to reserve a place, contact Betty Friedrich in DeGolyer Library.