Paula Regossy by Lynn Crawford
Paula Regossy is a new detective novel by fiction and arts writer Lynn Crawford. The book began with a painting, Pussy Galore by artist Peter Williams, which Crawford first saw on view at the gallery Paul Kotula Projects in Ferndale, Michigan, nearly a decade ago. Because the painting’s title referenced a female character from a James Bond film, Crawford was inspired to write a novel with a heroine named Paula Regossy, which is an anagram of Pussy Galore. She did not stop there.
Each chapter in this book is Crawford’s personal (but faithful) response to artwork by various Detroit-based artists and creative spaces. She conversed with, ruminated on and scrutinized the art and/or the venue before she constructed the narratives. Paula Regossy would not exist without those people, works and places.
Trinosophes Editions, April 2020. Signed first edition copies are available, and will be sent until they run out.
Lynn Crawford is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art
Detroit (MOCAD), a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2016 Rauschenberg Writing Fellow. Her work appears in various anthologies (Oulipo Compendium, Fetish, Brooklyn Rail, Fence) and journals (Art in America, Detroit Research, Hyperallergic, Tema celeste, Parkett and Bookforum).