Feb. 6: Michael Ondaatje and Robert Hass at the Dance Palace

The average Joe who reads a book or two every year might only know author Michael Ondaatje as a novelist behind the film-adapted and Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. But Ondaatje’s minimalist prose is deeply informed by poetry, having published more than twice as many books of poetry as novels. Ondaatje sits down this weekend to talk poetry with fellow word sculptor Robert Hass, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and whose collection Time and Materials stands as a modern masterwork. Ondaatje and Hass have appeared together before to discuss their own work together, although as with most meetings of creative minds, tributaries have always been explored—they’ve chatted about everything from British imperialism to The Seventh Seal to Robert Rauschenberg. See what unexpected topic pop up when the two literary giants appear in conversation on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Dance Palace. Fifth and B streets, Pt. Reyes Station. 7pm. $20. 415.663.1075.Gabe Meline

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