Writers Speak Wednesdays
Fall 2013 Writers Schedule
Readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway.
|September 25 - Jean Korelitz
Jean Hanff Korelitz was raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the novels A Jury of Her Peers (1996); The Sabbathday River (1999); The White Rose (2005); and Admission (2009), as well as a children’s novel, Interference Powder (2003); and a book of poems, The Properties of Breath (1988). Admission was made into a film starring Tina Fey. Korelitz has contributed articles and essays to many magazines, including Vogue, Real Simple, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, More, and Travel and Leisure (Family), and the anthologies Modern Love and Because I Said So.
|October 2 - Marisa Silver
Marisa Silver is the author, most recently, of the New York Times Bestseller, Mary Coin. She is also the author of two previous novels - No Direction Home, and The God of War, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her short story collections include Babe in Paradise, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and Alone With You. Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine's first “Debut Fiction” issue, and her fiction has won the O. Henry Prize, and has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies.
|October 9 - Meghan Daum
Meghan Daum is the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and the memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House. She has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times for eight years and has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, and Vogue. She is currently working on a book of original essays.
October 23 - Eric Fischl
|October 30 - Daniel Menaker
Menaker has been steeped in language his entire life, as the son of a copy editor (his mother worked for Fortune), a perceptive reader, an incisive and witty writer, and an editor for the New Yorker and Random House. He now contemplates the origins, happenstance, and consequences of his devotion to literature in a warm, humorous, on-point memoir. Amiably self-deprecating, Menaker is a deft sketch artist, vividly portraying loved ones (especially his older brother, who goaded him to excel and whose early death is the source of depthless sorrow) and colleagues (his portraits of New Yorker staff are hilarious, barbed, and tender). His insider view of publishing is eye-opening and entertaining. What elevates Menaker’s clarion reminiscence is his eloquently affirming appreciation for the humanities: “Everything in your life is enriched, everything has a more universal human context.” And his illumination of the exacting work of a New Yorker editor, which can serve as a veritable guide to the practice of getting things right in life, word by word, realization by realization, as we open ourselves to facts and art, truth, and compassion. — Donna Seaman
|November 13 - Richard Howard
Known for his erudition, Richard Howard writes poems in which figures from history and literature — Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, Henry James — speak directly to the reader in darkly comic dramatic monologues. His many volumes of verse have also received widespread acclaim; he won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his collection Untitled Subjects. Other honors include the Levinson Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award, the Ordre National du Mérite from the French government, and the PEN Translation Medal, as well as fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. His translation of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal (1984) won a National Book Award in 1984.
|December 4 - MFA Reading
MFA in Creative Writing and Literature students will read from their works in the final event of the Writers Speak fall series.