Virtual Event: Pamela Painter


New and Selected Stories

in conversation with STEVE YARBROUGH

Update: This event has been rescheduled to Friday, January 8 at 7pm ET


January 8, 2021
7:00 PM ET


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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes PAMELA PAINTER—Emerson College professor of Writing, Literature & Publishing and author of the acclaimed story collections, Getting to Know the Weather and The Long and Short of It—for the launch of her latest collection, Fabrications: New and Selected Stories. She will be joined in conversation by fellow professor STEVE YARBROUGH, author of The Realm of Last Chances and The Unmade World: A Novel.


This event has been rescheduled to Friday, January 8 at 7pm ET. 

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About Fabrications

Pamela Painter's short stories have been praised by Margot Livesey for their "wicked intelligence and ruthless humor." In Fabrications, which brings together 7 new and 24 selected stories, characters struggle to avoid the chaos in their lives, but—driven by addictions and appetites—often bring on disaster. Nobody is ordinary in Painter's stories. A burglar can't believe what he is asked to do by the woman whose jewelry he is stealing. Hitchhikers, hell-bent on murder, are thwarted by the miracle of story-telling. A wife can make rooms—and her husband—disappear, but saves the family dog. A young woman insists on the romance of being married in an Elvis Presley chapel, but for the wrong reasons.

Fabrications is a testament to Painter's lyric skill and psychological insight across her career.

Praise for Fabrications

"Pamela Painter is a master storyteller―captivating, playful, hilarious, tender, perverse, Kafkaesque. Her craft is meticulous yet fluid. And her final sentences are zingers. A story makes a deft turn and comes to a profound stop." —Bobbie Ann Mason, author of The Girl in the Blue Beret

"Pamela Painter's stories abound with characters that linger, moments that enlighten. She is a master of the American short story and Fabrications is a triumphant book." —Pablo Medina, author of The Cuban Comedy

"For the past forty-five years, Pamela Painter has written some of the finest short stories anywhere, and Fabrications is a treasure chest filled with her very best. Witty, moving, wise, and elegant, these stories are gems." —Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World

Pamela Painter
Pamela Painter

Pamela Painter

Pamela Painter is the author of four short story collections: The Long and Short of It, Wouldn't You Like to Know, Ways to Spend the Night, and Getting to Know the Weather. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sewanee Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Emerson College.

Steve Yarbrough
Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough is the author of twelve books, including the novels The Unmade World, The Realm of Last Chances, and the short story collections Veneer, Mississippi History, and Family Men. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, the Richard Wright Award and the Robert Penn Warren Award. The son of Mississippi Delta cotton farmers, Steve is currently a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College.


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