Behind the Book

November 16, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Praised by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation,” Lydia Millet is a 2010 Pulitzer Prize-finalist for the short-story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, and ten other novels.  Her latest, just-published novel, Magnificence, weaves the story of a woman emerging from the sudden dissolution of her family while exploring her trademark themes – evolution and extinction, children and parenthood, loss and wonder.  Other novels include The New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights, How the Dead Dream, My Happy Life, which won the 2003 PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, which was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.  She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Jenny Offill is the author of the novel, Last Things, which was chosen as a notable or best book of the year by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and The Guardian and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times First Book Award.  She recently received the Ellen Levine award to complete her newest novel, Dept. of Persuasion.  She is the co-editor, with Elissa Schappell, of two anthologies of essays, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything.  She has also written two children’s books, 17 Things I’m Not Allowed To Do Anymore and its sequel 13 Experiments That Failed.  Her short fiction has appeared in Story, Boulevard, Significant Objects, and Electric Literature, among other publications.  She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University and received a NYFA fellowship in fiction.  She lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the writing programs at Brooklyn College and Columbia University.

Dan Josefson’s debut, That’s Not a Feeling, was named by Booklist as one of 2012’s Top Ten First Novels.  In further praise, David Foster Wallace observed, “Dan Josefson is a writer of astounding promise and That’s Not a Feeling is a bold, funny, mordant, and deeply intelligent debut,” while Jim Shepard called the debut “a book of enormous intelligence, and even more heart.” He has received a Fulbright research grant and a Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters.  He lives in Brooklyn.

Behind the Book is a literacy nonprofit working with low-income students in NYC’s K-12 public schools.  We connect kids with contemporary literature by brining authors and their books into the classroom for sustained arts-and-writing-based projects.  Celebrating out 10th year, Behind the Book has worked with more than 5,500 students and donated over 12,000 books to students and school libraries.  Creating Readers for Life www.behindthebook.org