Jul
15
3:00 pm15:00

Douglas City Days Reading

Long Eddy, New York (formerly Douglas City) is 150 years old this July! In celebration, there will be all kinds of activities in town July 14 through 16, including kayak and canoe races on the Delaware River, art and historical exhibits, music, games for kids . . . and a reading with local (including part-time local) authors, of which I'm one. With Darcey Steinke, Douglas A. Martin, and Mike Hudson. Basket Historical Society, Route 97, Long Eddy; more details at (845) 887-6703.

Jun
10
4:00 pm16:00

Maplewood South Orange Book Festival

"Motherhood in Fiction: The Joys and Sorrows," with Lauren Grodstein, moderated by Elizabeth Trundle. A panel at the first annual Maplewood/South Orange, NJ book festival! A chance for my town to show off how very much we have going on lit'rachur-wise. Other festival authors include Mary Roach, Ada Calhoun, Dale Russakoff, D.T. Max, Marina Budhos, Tina Kelley, Caroline Leavitt, Julia Fierro, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Christina Baker Kline, and Marcy Dermansky. At the Woodland (parlor), 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ. Festival kickoff party and reading with Mary Roach is 6 p.m. on Friday, June 9, South Orange Performing Arts Center (Loft), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ. Call (973) 313-2787 for tickets for the Roach event (everything else is free). Festival venues for Saturday are the Woodland and the Bergdoff Center in Maplewood.

Apr
2
2:00 pm14:00

Tin House Craft Intensive: "Setting the Clock"

I'll be reprising my fall Tin House class, a three-hour afternoon workshop on "Setting the Clock: Manipulating Past, Present, and Pace in Fiction." We'll be doing some close reading and talking about how monkeying with time registers can help writers achieve the emotional effects they're looking for. Generative exercises will be included. Check out the other teachers and classes on the spring roster here! Application deadline for all classes is March 20. Location: Tin House Magazine office, 126 13th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), #4R, Brooklyn, NY (Gowanus neighborhood). 

Apr
1
2:00 pm14:00

Maplewood Literary Award

I'm delighted to be receiving this award in my hometown of Maplewood, NJ, at the conclusion of its annual Ideas Festival. The event will include an interview with Sarah Lester, director of the Maplewood Memorial Library, followed by an audience Q & A and a book signing. At the library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ.  973-762-1622. 

The Ideas Festival is a great two-week event and I want to give a shout-out to its sponsors and supporters: The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Friends of the Maplewood Library, The Maplewood Library Foundation, The Maplewood Woman’s Club, and Words Bookstore.

Mar
1
7:30 pm19:30

Greyfriar Living Literature Series, Siena College

I'll be visiting Siena College in Loudonville, NY, courtesy of the Greyfriar Living Literature Series, to do a reading and a workshop with students. The reading, which is open to the public, will be on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boland Room of the Fr. Benjamin Kuhn, O.F.M., House. Siena College is at 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY. For any further information, call (518) 783-4278.

Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

Writers Read Knausgaard

Five authors, five volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard's opus My Struggle (the sixth and final volume has yet to be translated into English from the Norwegian). Each of us has chosen one volume to discuss with participants at the Center for Fiction. I'll be doing Volume 2, which dives deep into the early years of Knausgaard's second marriage and fatherhood. Discussions of other volumes will be led by Roxana Robinson, Matthew Thomas, Ed Park, and Rebecca Mead. Follow this link to sign up: http://centerforfiction.org/for-readers/join-reading-groups/novelists-read-knausgaard/. Center For Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY (212.755.6710).

Jan
19
12:00 pm12:00

Conversation, University of Chicago

Second of a two-part visit to the University of Chicago's "Fictions and Forms" series. Conversation led by Professor Dan Raeburn, Logan Center for the Arts, room 801, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL. 

Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

Reading, University of Chicago

First of a two-part guest visit to the University of Chicago's "Fictions and Forms" series. Reading is open to the public and will be followed by Q & A and reception. Logan Center for the Arts, room 801, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL. 

Nov
15
7:30 pm19:30

Marcy Dermansky and THE RED CAR

I'll have the pleasure of Q-and-A-ing with Marcy Dermansky, the author of the feted new novel The Red Car, at my neighborhood indie. Marcy will read from the novel as well. Here's what The New York Times reviewer (Daniel Handler!) said about this book: "There is, now, a literary term for a book you can’t stop reading that makes you stop to think. It is `The Red Car.'" Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. 

Nov
5
11:00 am11:00

Texas Book Festival, State Capitol, Austin

"What It Means to Be a Mother": panel discussion. From the festival website: "What do we picture when we picture motherhood in 2016? A doting, softly frazzled woman with a full time job and dinner on the table every night? A loving spouse pitching in beside her? Or is the vision something darker? The truth of modern mothering is at the heart of the new novels by Pamela Erens (Eleven Hours) and Gayle Forman (Leave Me). Join them as they take a literary approach to what it really means to be a mother—loneliness, longing, warts and all." Moderated by Rose Smith.

The panel will be in Capitol Extension Room E2.026, with a book signing afterwards at the Main Book Signing Tent (Congress near 10th Street). I'm told that this festival, which runs all day Saturday and Sunday, is ginormous and wonderful. 

Oct
23
2:00 pm14:00

Tin House Craft Intensive: "Setting the Clock"

I'll be teaching a three-hour afternoon craft workshop in the terrific Tin house Craft Intensive Series (see the full roster of classes here). My topic: "Setting the Clock: Manipulating Past, Present, and Pace in Fiction." We'll be doing some close reading and talking about how monkeying with time registers can help writers achieve the emotional effects they're looking for. Generative exercises will be included. Tin House office, 543 Union Street, Unit 2B, Brooklyn (Gowanus neighborhood). 

Jul
10
Jul 17

Reading and craft lecture, Tin House Summer Workshop

I'll be a guest all week at this workshop at Reed College in Portland, OR.

Reading: Sunday, June 10, 8 p.m., Reed College Amphitheater. With Melissa Broder and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Craft lecture, "Use Your Inside Voice: Representing the Unspoken Interior Life in Fiction": Tuesday, June 12, 9 a.m., Vollum Lecture Hall, Reed College.  

Jun
12
11:45 am11:45

Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago, IL

Panel: "Pushing Boundaries." A conversation with Danielle Dutton, founder of Dorothy, a Publishing Project, and author of MARGARET THE FIRST; and Rebecca Makkai, author of THE BORROWER and MUSIC FOR WARTIME. 

May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Reading and conversation, Book Culture

With Aidan Donnelly Rowley, author of The Ramblers. Address: Book Culture Columbus Ave., 450 Columbus Ave (between 81st and 82nd Streets), NYC.  Followed by a reception nearby--details to be given at the reading.

May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Eleven Hours launch party!

At the Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ. Dessert, a short reading, hanging out, and music by award-winning bassist Chris Tarry and his trio.

Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Reading, Astoria Bookshop

For the new anthology The House That Made Me: essays by writers about their childhood homes. Edited by Grant Jarrett; contributors (other than myself) include Antonya Nelson, Porochista Khakpour, Jeffrey Renard Allen, Tim Johnson, Ellen Meister, and Roy Kesey. Appearing at this event will be Grant Jarrett, Tim Johnson, and me. Address: Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st Ave, Astoria, NY. 

Jun
13
9:00 am09:00

Craft Lecture, Wesleyan Writers Conference

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Fellowship at Wesleyan Writers Conference. Reading: Friday, June 12 at 8:45 p.m. Craft lecture: Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. Both at 41 Wyllys Ave., room 112, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Jun
12
8:45 pm20:45

Reading, Wesleyan Writers Conference

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Fellowship at Wesleyan Writers Conference. Reading: Friday, June 12 at 8:45 p.m. Craft lecture: Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. Both at 41 Wyllys Ave., room 112, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

May
7
6:30 pm18:30

Featured Author, Word Cafe Salon

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I'll be the featured author at Word Cafe Salon, a combination craft class/reading/conversation series orchestrated by Nina Shengold at outdated (that's a cafe that doesn't like to capitalize its name), 314 Wall St., Kingston, NY.

 

Apr
11
3:00 pm15:00

Panel, "Teen Sex in Fiction for Adults"

Panel, "Teen Sex in Fiction for Adults," AWP Conference, Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN. With Elissa Schappell, Kiese Laymon, Gina Frangello, and Anna March. Conference brochure writeup: Teen sex in literary fiction is often treated as pathological: feral, exploitative, maladjusted. In fact, teen sexual activity is developmentally normal, and ripe for more nuanced treatment. Five novelists, editors, and critics will discuss our experiences in writing and reading about teen sexuality, and suggest ways to grapple successfully with this controversial material. An extensive bibliography and practical materials will be distributed.

Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Talk with Author Chris Tarry

I'll be talking with debut author Chris Tarry about his delightful and surprising story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home, Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY.