Andrew Sean Greer’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Less has amassed a legion of fans, among them Ann Patchett, David Sedaris, and Armistead Maupin. The judges declared it “A generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love.”The same could be said of Greer’s five other works of fiction: tales that joust playfully with time, loss, love and family, and with notions of escape and confinement. He speaks with Noelle McCarthy about his work, and the wisdom to be found in the fabric of a life.
Despite an unwritten rule that authors shouldn’t install writers as characters in their work, in recent times a surfeit of writers as protagonists has appeared. Irishman John Boyne (A Ladder to the Sky), Pulitzer prize-winner Andrew Sean Greer (Less), Chilean Carla Guelfenbein (In The Distance With You) and Ockham NZ Book Awards longlisted Anne Kennedy (The Ice Shelf) come together to discuss writing as story, and what’s behind the trend.
Byron Writers Festival invites you to an evening with Andrew Sean Greer, whose comic-novel Less took the literary world by storm when it won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Join Greer as he takes us on a journey; of Arthur Less – the white, gay, knocking 50, struggling novelist –and his own, through the ups and downs of life as a writer.
Literary sensation Andrew Sean Greer takes to the stage to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less. Less is the story of an abruptly single minor novelist on the cusp of 50, who embarks on an odyssey through New York, Paris, Berlin, Morocco, India and Kyoto, but finds he cannot outrun his problems (or his ex-boyfriend’s wedding). In conversation with David Marr, Andrew sheds light on his brilliantly witty and wistful satire of the literary world and the midlife crisis.
In the past of every great writer are reams of teenage embarrassment, a confusion of hormones and nascent talent. Hear as Andrew Sean Greer, Daisy Johnson, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Richard Cooke, Zoya Patel and others reconnect with that spirit and retell their best known works in the form of bad teenage poetry. Hosted and conceived by Erik Jensen.
What are the different lies that both aspiring and accomplished writers are told about their career trajectory and what are the white lies they tell themselves? Guest Curator Lisa Lucas explores these deceptions and blind spots of a literary life with 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Sean Greer (Less) and acclaimed novelist and essayist Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel).
Sally Rugg greets some of the Festival’s favourites for a celebration of queer literature. Join Alexander Chee, Andrew Sean Greer, Casey Legler, Jordy Rosenberg, Holly Throsby, Niviaq Korneliussen and Bryan Washington as they pick from the canon of queer texts, choosing both out and proud and more ambiguous, between-the-lines stories. In a discussion about texts from The Price of Salt to Harry Potter, the guests reveal their literary crushes, their heroes and the authors who illuminated their paths towards writing.
Oakland School for the Arts
City Lights celebrates the release of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's new novel
published by Doubleday Books
Opening Statement by Peter Maravelis/City Lights with readings by Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Krasny, Armistead Maupin, Joyce Carol Oates, Julien Poirier, Andrew Sean Greer, and Shobha Rao.
Please join 826 Valencia in the Tenderloin for a chance to match your literary wits against some of the Bay Area’s beloved authors in a game we call “Literature vs. Love.”
Featuring Dave Eggers, Andrew Sean Greer, R.O. Kwon, Juliana Delgado Lepora, Sarah Manyika, and Dashka Slater. With guest emcees Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) and Lisa Brown.
Including a Q&A session and book signing, along with, don’t worry, cocktails and snacks.
Ticket price includes a book and a chance to support 826 Valencia’s free writing, tutoring and publishing programs. Special thanks to our bookstore partner Booksmith.
For more information, message Allyson Halpern, 826 Valencia Director of Advancement, at email@example.com
Waterstones Piccadilly welcome author Andrew Sean Greer to discuss the wisdom and wit behind the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Less.
Beginnings and Endings Andrew Sean Greer, Jayant Kaikini and Mahesh Rao in conversation with Paul McVeigh
The momentum of the beginning and the sense of an ending define the circumference of a short story. A panel of accomplished writers read from and context beginnings and endings in the structure of their work.
Jayant Kaikini is the four time recipient of the Karnataka Sahitya Akademy Award. His recently translated book ‘No Presents, Please- Mumbai Stories’ has been shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018. Mahesh Rao’s debut novel, ‘The Smoke is Rising’ won the Tata First Book Award for fiction. His second book, ‘One Point Two Billion’ was a collection of short stories, followed by ‘Polite Society’, a novel. Andrew Sean Greer is the New York Times bestselling author of six works of fiction, including the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning novel ‘Less’.
Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The McCrea Literary Award and The Polari First Novel Prize. He is the co-founder of London Short Stories Festival.
Where Does Fiction Come From? Andrew Sean Greer, Ben Okri, Mohammed Hanif, Sebastian Barry, Tania James and Vikram Chandra in conversation
Where does fiction come from? What is the process of its creation? How do you make up characters and situations that are believable and why should the reader care? Five of the world’s greatest living novelists - Vikram Chandra, Sebastian Barry, Andrew Sean Greer, Tania James, Mohammed Hanif, and Ben Okri share their insights on the art of the novel.
A fascinating conversation with two writers who have written about writers and the writing life. Andrew Sean Greer’s relentless lampooning of the literary world , ‘Less’ won the 2018 Pulitzer prize for fiction. This novel about a novelist tells us about “the crazy quilt of a writer’s life: warm enough, though it never quite covers the toes." Anita Nair’s novel ‘Eating Wasps’ is about the unravelling story of a thirty-five year old writer who kills herself , a half century ago. In conversation with author Prayaag Akbar, they speak of the comedies and tragedies of the writing life , of the doubts and epiphanies in the constant struggle for experience and self expression, and what it means to be writing about writing.
For one week each November, the MCDS community comes together to celebrate books and our shared love of reading. Please join us for any or all of our featured events, or just come enjoy the amazing selection of books hand-picked by more than one hundred parents, faculty, and staff during our regular hours from Monday through Thursday in the Learning Resource Center. Friends and the public are welcome too! Tickets go on sale October 11.
2018 PRESENTING AUTHORS
Tina Brown, The Vanity Fair Diaries l Legendary former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Lisa McCubbin, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer l Author of four New York Times bestsellers, Susan Orlean, The Library Book l Staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief, Bill Petrocelli, Through the Bookstore Window l Acclaimed author and bookstore owner, LeUyen Pham, Stop That Yawn! l 2018 Golden Kite Award-winning children's illustrator, Evan & Sarah Rich, Rich Table l Proprietors of San Francisco's Michelin-starred Rich Table
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Michael Krasny, Author and Host of KQED's Forum