Lynn Freed & Phillip Lopate

November 05, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lynn Freed grew up in South Africa before moving to New York and receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia. She has published eight books, and her short stories and essays have been published widely in such places as Harper’s, O, The New Yorker, Tin House, and The Atlantic. She is the recipient of a 2011 PEN/O. Henry Award and was awarded the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is currently the Professor Emerita of English at the University of California in Davis. She reads from her essay collection: The Romance of Elsewhere

“Fans of Freed will enjoy reading (or rereading) these short works. Readers unfamiliar with her may find her, by turns, discerning or dyspeptic.” —Booklist

“No one writes funnier, more acutely observant, frank, and intelligent personal essays than Lynn Freed. If her skeptical, sardonic voice amuses us with every line, it is largely because she is a grown-up in a culture of adolescence, who has done her psychological homework and taken the full measure of her experience, mistakes included. In this, her best nonfiction collection, you will come to know her narrator as one of the most nuanced and sophisticated characters in contemporary literature, and in the process make a new friend.” —Phillip Lopate, author of A Mother’s Tale

Phillip Lopate. has written three personal essay collections — Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, and Portrait of My Body; two novels, Confessions of Summer and The Rug Merchant and a pair of novellas, three poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open, The Daily Round and At the End of the Day; a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children; a collection of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically; an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan: a critical study, Notes On Sontag and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer and Filmmaker. In addition, there is a Phillip Lopate reader, Getting Personal: Selected Writings. Recent publications include Portrait Inside My Head (personal essays) and To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction, from The Free Press, and A Mother’s Tale, from OSU Press.

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