Alfred A. Knopf’s Robin Desser Up Next in Writers Speak Series


Robin Desser (photo by Michael Lionstar)

Alfred A. Knopf senior editor Robin Desser will be the next guest in the spring Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. She will be interviewed by former New Yorker fiction editor Dan Menaker on Wednesday, February 20, at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.

Desser, who is also a vice president at Knopf, has worked at the Knopf Publishing Group for 20 years. Among the authors and books she has published are Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha; Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted; Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth; James Salter’s Last Night; and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Other writers scheduled for the series include screenwriter Bill Collage in conversation with Screenwriting Conference Director Annette Handley Chandler, February 27; author Alexandra Styron, March 6; author Benjamin Anastas, March 13; author Alice Mattison, April 3; middle-grade and young-adult author Maryrose Wood in conversation with Children’s Literature Conference Director Emma Walton Hamilton, April 10; New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman interviewed by Dan Menaker, April 17; and author Elissa Schappell, April 24.

On May 1, the evening will be devoted to readings by “the stars of tomorrow,” students enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature program.

Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. All readings begin at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway.

For more information, call (631) 632-5287 or visit On Facebook, visit Writers Speak Wednesdays; to follow on Twitter, @WritersSpeakWed.


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