Christopher Castellani

discusses

The Art of Perspective:
Who Tells the Story

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
22
Tuesday
March 22, 2016
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI, artistic director of GrubStreet and the author of three novels, for a discussion of his latest book, The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story.

About The Art of Perspective

A writer may have a story to tell, a sense of plot, and strong characters, but for all of these to come together some key questions must be answered. What form should the narrator take? An omniscient, invisible force, or one—or more—of the characters? But in what voice, and from what vantage point? How to decide? Avoiding prescriptive instructions or arbitrary rules, Christopher Castellani brilliantly examines the various ways writers have solved the crucial point-of-view problem.

By unpacking the narrative strategies at play in the work of writers as different as E. M. Forster, Grace Paley, and Tayeb Salih, among many others, he illustrates how the author's careful manipulation of distance between narrator and character drives the story.

The Art of Perspective is a fascinating discussion on a subject of perpetual interest to any writer.

Praise

"A close look at writers' crucial choices. The latest contributor to The Art of series, novelist and Guggenheim Fellow Castellani  offers an attentive reading of works by E.M. Forster, Lorrie Moore, Zoe Heller, Grace Paley, and Tayeb Salih, among others, to illuminate "the how and why" of narration. . . . A modest, gracefully written meditation on creativity and craft." — Kirkus Reviews

"This is not a book of prescriptions for writers, but more astudy of principles through examples. Castellani describes his way of decidingon the right perspective for one of his story ideas, and examines various strategiesin the works of others. . . . Castellani thinks and writes with great perception andclarity. Anyone with an interest in how good stories are constructed will findthis book both enjoyable and useful. . . . A perceptive and thorough consideration ofthe role of perspective in storytelling." —Shelf Awareness 

Christopher Castellani
Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani

Christopher Castellani's fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of the novels All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena. His essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective, was published by Graywolf in 2016. He has taught in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and at Swarthmore College. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet.

Photo credit: Michael Joseph

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Co-Sponsored by GrubStreet

GrubStreet is one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, offering 500+ classes a year in all genres, for writers of all levels. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant. To learn more or find a class, visit grubstreet.org.

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