Great thanks to Catherine LaSota!
— in Queens, New York.
I’m honored and grateful to announce two public readings I’ll be giving this week. Tomorrow night, Dec. 2nd, I’ll be reading at 6:30 PM at The Center for Fiction, a national treasure for writers and readers alike. The event celebrates the release of the newest issue of Epiphany Magazine, in which a new short story of mine appears. And on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, I’ll be reading at Pratt Institute Writers’ Forum, as part of a reading series that includes some of my favorite authors: Lev Grossman, Tea Obreht, Jenny Offill, and Patricia Smith. That event takes place at 12:30 PM in Engineering 307. A warm thanks to Gina Zucker at Pratt for the invitation and the support.
Hope some of you can attend.
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Really excited to travel to Spokane, WA, next week where I’ll be a visiting writer at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University.
My book is being taught in the MFA program there, and I’ll get to meet the students and instructors, teach a writing workshop, give a talk on book criticism, read from my work, and spend some time with the good folks out in that part of the country.
Grateful for the invite and for the warm support.
Not sure how to explain what happened last week at the NCTE/CCCC panel I chaired on “Progressive Approaches to Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage.” Not only was it a well-attended, lively session, but a superstar, nay, a ROCK star in the field of writing pedagogy attended and participated in my workshop. He was sitting in the back of the room. I had seen him come in and quietly take a seat (and fairly freaked out), but no one else knew he was there until I had them introduce themselves. And he said, “My name is Peter Elbow and I’ve been teaching writing for over 30 years, have written a few books on the subject; and I am quite interested in progressive approaches to grammar.” The entire room turned around, and I kid you not, audible gasps and whispers and even some exclamations erupted. An awesome Writing Center Administrator, a young professor named Tom, stood up and said, “No way!” But by the end of the workshop, Elbow had become just one of the group, albeit a very wise and experienced and generous member, but a member nonetheless. Some folks asked if they could take an “Oscar selfie” with him. He graciously agreed. One of those students sent me this photo. I can’t adequately describe what an experience it was to share my insights about language and writing with a group that included Peter Elbow. One of the true highlights of my teaching career.
Dear friends attending AWP next week, let me invite you to the panel I’ll be participating on, “The Art of the Book Review.” I would be attending this one even if I weren’t a panelist, just to hear what Darcey Steinke, Michael Klein,Craig Teicher have to say on the subject. Thanks to the brilliant Tony Leuzzifor organizing and moderating the event. Honored to be included in such smart company. Please join us!
F217: The Art of the Book Review
Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Thousands of books are published each year. We are lead to many of them by engaging, knowing reviews. A well-written review will investigate the mysteries deep reading affords, and it will please as well as inform, because it has style. The five widely published writers/critics on this panel will discuss the review as a genre in its own right, a unique artistic form that contributes to the formation of taste, raises the level of public discourse, and establishes critical reputation.
Alex Gilvarry, Beast of The Southern Wild, Beyond Backdrop: Fiction in the Wake of History, Brooklyn, Come Together, From the Memoirs of Non-Enemy Combatant, Hurricane Sandy, Industry City, Joseph O'Neill, lucy alibar, Netherland, The Brooklyn Rail
Tomorrow, Sunday, Dec 8, 2013, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, at Industry City, 220 36th St., Brooklyn, I’ll be hosting the first literary event sponsored by the Books section of The Brooklyn Rail The event, BEYOND BACKDROP: FICTION IN THE WAKE OF HISTORY, will gather fiction writers who have used notable historical moments as the impetus for their works. The panelists will be Joseph O’Neill, author of NETHERLAND and winner of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Lucy Alibar, author, playwright, and screenwriter of the film BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. And Alex Gilvarry, author of FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT, and founding editor of the Tottenville Review.
There will be short readings, discussion, and audience Q&A. Please join us!
Friends in NYC, next Thursday, Oct. 3rd, at 6:30 PM, at The New School, I’ll be hosting a reading and conversation with Andre Dubus III, author of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG and the memoir TOWNIE. He’ll be launching his stunning new work of fiction DIRTY LOVE. Come hear him read and be the first to pick up DIRTY LOVE (it doesn’t go on sale until the following week). He’s an incredibly kind, insightful, and generous spirit; I can’t wait to talk with him and hear him read from his new work. An audience Q&A will follow. Hope to see everyone there.
Andre Dubus III was awarded the New York Times “Editors’ Choice,” and also received the “2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature”. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine.
He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG was made into a movie, and was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Book Sense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection and New York Times bestseller. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he is a full-time faculty member.
To all you grammar-geeks and sentence-slaves: I’m in Las Vegas at the NCTE/CCCC conference, chairing a panel on grammar and sentence style for writers and teachers: Thursday, March 14th, 2013, at 6:30 PM: “Progressive Approaches to Grammar, Punctuation, and Usage” (scroll to bottom for TSIG.22), at the Riviera Hotel. Here’s the view from my window last night.