Behind the Book: Bradford Morrow, Peter Straub, and Samuel R. Delany

February 12, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bradford Morrow is the acclaimed author of seven novels and a short story collection.  His recently released novel, “The Forgers,” is a brilliantly written literary thriller about the dark side of the rare book world.  His writing and editorial work have garnered Brad numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, O. Henry and Pushcart prizes for his short stories, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in editing a literary journal.  His novel Trinity Fields was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, and The Almanac Branch was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.  He is currently at work on his eighth novel, The Prague Sonata, assisted by his two cats, Willa Bean and Henry Poppet.  A professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College, he is the founding editor of Conjunctions literary magazine.  He divides his time between New York City and upstate New York.

“Bradford Morrow’s The Forgers is a bibliophile’s dream, an existential thriller set in the world of rare book collecting that is also a powerfully moving exposé of the forger’s dangerous skill: what happens when you lie so well that you lose touch with what is real? In beautifully controlled prose, Morrow traces the shaky line between paranoia and gut-intuition, memory and self-delusive fiction, hollow and real love. It’s perfect all-night flashlight reading – Bradford Morrow at his lyrical, surprising, suspenseful, genre-bending best.”
– Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Swamplandia!

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books.  His novels include A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House.  He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction.  He is the editor of the two-volume Library of America anthology, American Fantastic Tales, and the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales.  His many literary accolades include multiple Bram Stoker Awards, most recently for his novel A Dark Matter; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers; and Life Achievement awards from the Horror Writers Association and the World Fantasy Awards.  He lives in New York City. 

“I’ve been reading Peter Straub since I was a teenager, and his work is hardwired into my brain.  A Dark Matter contains echoes of all that has been great about Straub’s previous work and builds upon it.  This Rashomon-like tale is as spooky and frightening as anything he has written, but it’s also an intense and moving celebration of love.  Out of the darkness comes, ultimately, a surprising and haunting sense of joy.”
– Dan Chaon, author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me

Samuel R. Delany, Jr. – Chip Delany to his friends – is an author, professor, and literary critic.  His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society.  He is the author of numerous science fiction books, including Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, The Mad Man, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series, as well as the best-selling nonfiction study Times Square Red, Times Square Blue.  Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards.  Described in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as “one of the most influential and most discussed within the genre,” he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002.  He was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.  The Lambda Book Report chose him as one of the fifty most significant men and women of the past hundred years to change our concept of gayness, and he is a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to lesbian and gay literature.  He is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

“A Joycean tour de force of a novel, Dhalgren . . . stake[s] a better claim than anything published in the country in the last quarter-century (excepting only Gass’s Omensetter’s Luck and Nabokov’s Pale Fire) to a permanent place as one of the enduring monuments of our national literature.”
– The Libertarian Review