Behind the Book: Christine Schutt & Jami Attenberg

December 13, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Christine Schutt’s just-published third novel is Prosperous Friends, praised by the New Yorker as “intimate and tough, a portrait of a doomed marriage that forgoes melodrama for quiet truth.… Schutt deftly captures the complexity of these difficult, sophisticated people.” Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award finalist for fiction.  Her second novel, All Souls, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist.  She is author of two short-story collections, Nightwork, chosen by poet John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement, and A Night, A Day, Another Night, Summer.  She has twice won an O. Henry Award, as well as a Pushcart Prize, and is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts and Guggenheim foundations.  She is also a senior editor at NOON, the literary annual published by Diane Williams, and lives in New York City.

Jami Attenberg’s third novel, The Middlesteins, has been widely praised and is a New York Times bestseller.  The Washington Post writes, “With a wit that never mocks and a tenderness that never gushes, she renders this family’s ordinary tragedies as something surprisingly affecting,” while Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, named it one of the top-10 fiction books for fall.  She is also the author of two novels, The Kept Man and The Melting Season, and a collection of stories, Instant Love.  Her writing is included in the anthologies, Sex for America, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone, and Rumpus Women: Volume 1, amongst others.  She written about sex, technology, design, graphic novels, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times, Salon, The Awl, New York, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, and numerous other publications and web sites.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she fights crime in her spare time.