January 8, 2021

Pamela Painter

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.


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.

About Author(s)

Pamela Painter is the author of four short story collections: The Long and Short of ItWouldn't You Like to KnowWays to Spend the Night, and Getting to Know the Weather. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticHarper'sThe Kenyon ReviewPloughsharesThe Sewanee ReviewThe Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Emerson College.

Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World, published in January 2018.  His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last ChancesSafe from the NeighborsThe End of CaliforniaPrisoners of WarVisible Spirits and The Oxygen Man, and the short story collections VeneerMississippi History and Family Men.