Acclaimed authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry will read from their works throughout the 2013 Summer Writers' Conference. The readings are open to the public and free. Refreshments will be served. Readings begin at 1 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center.
The first readings on Tuesday, June 25 feature Jonathan Dee and Maggie Shipstead.
Jonathan Dee is the author of five previous novels, most recently The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. His new novel is A Thousand Pardons. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a National Magazine Award-nominated literary critic for Harper's and a former senior editor of the Paris Review. He teaches at Columbia University and The New School.
Maggie Shipstead's first novel, Seating Arrangements, was published last year and has been optioned for a film by Sofia Coppola. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Missouri Review, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, The Best American Short Stories 2010, and other publications. "La Moretta," a story published in Virginia Quarterly Review was a 2012 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and a recent resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.