A WRITERS ROUNDTABLE: Fiction in Conversation with Non-Fiction
What do Serious Writers Talk about When They are on the Town in
New Orleans? What else, Writing!
That’s the title. And it’s going to be great. Here’s the description…
Adam Johnson will lead a round table discussion with some of his famous writing pals, all Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellows, all important prize winners and critically acclaimed literary celebrities. Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for his incredibly insightful novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son, and the National Book Award for his collection, Fortune Smiles, six masterful stories in which Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. Joining him will be Gilbert King, who won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction for Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America; Louisiana native Skip Horack, author of the highly acclaimed novel The Other Joseph, The Eden Hunter, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and a story collection, The Southern Cross, winner of the Bread Loaf Bakeless Fiction Prize; the winner of two major Hopwood awards and the Andrea Beauchamp Prize for short fiction; Scott Hutchins, whose novel A Working Theory of Love was a San Francisco Chronicle and Salon Best Book of 2012 and has been translated into nine languages; Eric Puchner, author of the collection Music Through the Floor, finalist for the California Book Award and the NYPL Young Lions of Fiction Award, and of the novel Model Home, finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize; Russ Franklin, Stegner, Capote, and Kingsbury Fellow, widely published poet and author of the novel, Cosmic Hotel, who teaches among other things, the literature of comic books and graphic novels; Stephen Elliott directed the movie About Cherry, is founder of The Rumpus, and author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries, described as “genius” by the San Francisco Chronicle and Vanity Fair and was the best book of the year in Time Out New York, a best of 2009 in Kirkus Reviews, and one of 50 notable books in the San Francisco Chronicle; and Eric Schwartzchild, author of the novels Responsible Men and The Family Diamond, described by the Chicago Tribune as “the sort of fiction writer whose prose is so lucid, psychology so convincing, characters and action so surprising and intriguing, you forget you’re reading….What he does most daringly is to reveal that tenderness, a trivialized emotion, is, in fact, a radical, life-altering force.”
A stellar group representing tons of literary wisdom they generously have offered to share with us. Each author will zero in on a particular aspect of writing that is of special significance in his work, whether fiction or non-fiction.