Upcoming Virtual Event

Virtual Event: Susan Minot

presenting

Why I Don't Write:
And Other Stories

in conversation with AMY HEMPEL

Date

Oct
8
Thursday
October 8, 2020
7:00 PM

Location

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes novelist, short story writer, poet, and screenwriter SUSAN MINOT—author of the acclaimed, bestselling novels Monkeys and Evening—for a discussion of her latest story collection, Why I Don't Write. She will be joined in conversation by renowned short story writer AMY HEMPEL, author of Reasons to Live and Sing to It.

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About Why I Don't Write

A writer dryly catalogs the myriad reasons she cannot write; an artist bicycles through protests in lower Manhattan and ruminates on an elusive lover; an old woman on her deathbed calls out for a man other than her husband; a hapless fifteen-year-old boy finds himself in sexual peril; two young people in the 1990s fall helplessly in love, then bicker just as helplessly, tortured by jealousy and mistrust. In each of these stories Minot explores the difficult geometry of human relations, the lure of love and physical desire, and the lifelong quest for meaning and connection. Her characters are all searching for truth, in feeling and in action, as societal norms are upended and justice and coherence flounder. Urgent and immediate, precisely observed, deeply felt, and gorgeously written, the stories in Why I Don't Write showcase an author at the top of her form.

Praise for Why I Don't Write

"Sterling . . . Pristine . . . fully formed, often erotic, gorgeous, and searing . . . Minot is exceptionally attuned to forces intimate and social, and her gift for potent distillation yields storiesthat are stunning in every sense of the word." —Booklist

Amy Hempel
Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel is the author of The Dog of the Marriage, Tumble Home, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Reasons to Live, the coeditor of Unleashed, and a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Ambassador Book Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous grants from Yaddo. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, GQ, Tin House, The Harvard Review, The Quarterly, and have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Bennington College, and at Stony Brook Southampton.

Photo Credit: Vicky Topaz

Susan Minot
Susan Minot

Susan Minot

Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She received her MFA from Columbia University and lives with her daughter in New York City and on an island off the coast of Maine.

Photo Credit: Jean Pagliuso

 

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