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Bagels & Books @WJC, Sunday 6/4

Woodstock Jewish Congregation
1682 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock, NY 12498

On Sunday, June 4th, please join me at 11:00 in the morning at WJC (the Woodstock Jewish Congregation), where I’ll be reading with two wonderful local poets: Judith Kerman and Sparrow. 

We’ll read, everyone can nosh on bagels, and Judy and Sparrow will definitely have some books to sell (I’m . . . working on getting some before then. We’ll see). Brunch is free, though if you’d like to contribute a dairy/vegetarian dish, that would be most welcome. The event is likewise free, though feel free to make a small donation to the synagogue while you’re there.

See you there!

Woodstock Bookfest 4/29/17


Please come join me at Woodstock Bookfest on April 29th. I’ll be part of the fiction panel, with Kim Wozencraft, Stephanie Gagni, Francine Prose, and Tim Murphy. 11:30 AM at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock. Tickets are $15, or you can buy passes for the whole Bookfest here.

Hudson Valley Writers Resist: 1/15/17


Please join me on Sunday, January 15th (MLK’s birthday!) as part of an incredible lineup at Hudson Valley Writers Resist, where “Writers, musicians and activists take over the Bearsville Theater to celebrate the power of words, compassion, equality, free speech, and democracy.” It’s from 2-5 PM, admission is free, and there will be donated books for sale to benefit the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“Making Literature Now” at LitQuake, October 9th


On Sunday, October 9th, I’m thrilled to be appearing at San Francisco’s Lit Quake Festival. I’ll be sitting on a panel called “Making Literature Now” at 12:45. Amy Hungerford (my colleague and the author of the new book Making Literature Now) is hosting, and the other panelists are writer/editor Eli Horowitz and poets Juliana Spahr and Chiyuma Elliott. Here’s a link to the event page. Hope to see you there, SF!

Reading at Book Passage Corte Madera, October 8th, with Caroline Grant


On Saturday, October 8th, I’ll be reading at Book Passage Corte Madera at 7:00 PM. Caroline Grant, director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, will be leading a conversation with me after the reading. Book Passage is located at 51 Tamal Vista Road, Corte Madera CA. Here’s a link to the event page. Hope to see you there, SF!

Reading at NYU CWP with Darryl Pinckney, October 6th


On Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00 PM, I’ll be reading at the NYU Creative Writing Program’s New Salon with Darryl Pinckney. Darryl will be reading from his new novel, Black Deutschland, which I am eager to read and can’t wait to hear him read from. Darin Strauss will be introducing and interviewing us, which should be really fun. Please come! The event will take place at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, New York City. Here is a link to the Facebook event.

Book of Esther Upcoming Events (and a list of past events)


My book tour for Book of Esther continues to evolve. Though there aren’t any new events scheduled at this time, please check back—things unfold, and there will be paperback!


Here is the list of past events for this book:

June 15th: Bookcourt, Brooklyn NY
June 18th: Golden Notebook, Woodstock NY
June 28th: Odyssey Books, South Hadley MA
June 30th: Brookline Booksmith, Brookline MA
July 7th: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach DE       July 23rd: Golden Notebook, Woodstock NY                  July 25th: McNally Jackson, New York NY

September 10th: Slice Literary Festival, Brooklyn NY

October 6th: NYU, New York NY (reading with Darryl Pinckney)

October 8th: Book Passage, Corte Madera CA (with Q+A with Caroline Grant)

October 9th: Lit Quake Literary Festival, San Francisco CA

Test Event


July 25th with Susan Daitch at McNally Jackson


On July 25th at 7:00 PM, I’ll have the honor of appearing at SoHo’s McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince St., New York, NY) with Susan Daitch, whose work I sincerely admire and have been following for a long time.

We plan to each give a short reading and then to have a conversation about . . . being smart Jewish women writers? Creating alternate worlds? Who knows. If you come, you can ask us a question! We’d both love to see you.

July 23rd: Introducing Irina Reyn at Golden Notebook


On Saturday, July 23rd, at 4:00 PM, I’ll have the pleasure of introducing and interviewing Irina Reyn at Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY. She’ll be reading from her new novel, The Imperial Wife, and we’ll have a fun conversation about strong women characters, feminism, writing, and all kinds of other good stuff. C’mon over, Catskills!

Signing at Bethany Beach Books 7/7


Right after 4th of July, I’ll be doing a book signing at Bethany Beach Books. Come on out and schmooze!

Thursday, July 7th 2016
6:30 PM
Bethany Beach Books
99 Garfield Parkway
Bethany Beach, DE

Reading at Brookline Booksmith 6/30

Brookline Booksmith

I’ll be reading at Brookline Booksmith at the end of June, and will be thrilled if you’ll come join me there!

Thursday, June 30th 2016
7:00 PM
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA

Reading at Odyssey Books 6/28


Hey there, Happy Valley. We’re all thrilled to be coming up for a visit in June. Please come join us for a reading at Odyssey Bookshop!

Tuesday, June 28th 2016
7:00 PM
Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA

Reading at Golden Notebook 6/18


Upstate friends, I’ll be reading at our wonderful local indie, The Golden Notebook, on 6/18. Please come join me!

Saturday, June 18th 2016
4:00 PM
The Golden Notebook
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY

Reading at BookCourt 6/15


The Book of Esther releases 6/14, and the very first reading will be at my old neighborhood bookstore, Brooklyn’s BookCourt, the next night. NYC friends, please come join me! It’ll be great to see you.

Tuesday, June 15th 2016
7:00 PM
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY

Sunday’s at Erv’s—this Sunday, July 12th!


This Sunday, July 12th, I’ll be reading at the Sunday’s at Erv’s reading series (hosted by the wonderful Madeline Stevens!) along with Tom and Katie Herman. 6:00, 2122 Beekman Place. See you there?

A Reading at Smith, with Sue Miller!

Smith College, Seelye 207

On Armistice Day, I’ll be giving a reading here at Smith with my colleague Sue Miller. Come join us! I have no idea what I’ll read, but it’ll be something fun.

Tea at Smith, November 7th

Smith College Campus Center, Room 204

As a college student, I always enjoyed Friday afternoon teas at the Master’s house: such a civilized way to wind down from the week and catch up with friends and professors.

I’m certainly no one’s house master now, but I’m pleased to be able to invite my future students at Smith to a tea this Thursday afternoon, November 7th, at 4:15. Please come if you’re interested in writing at Smith! I’ll be reading from my work and introducing myself to you, as well as talking about the two classes I’ll teach next semester, English 206: Intermediate Fiction Writing and English 296: Advanced Fiction Writing. We can talk about which class might be a more suitable match for you at present—and/or about any other writing-related questions you might wish to bring.

See you there! I’m looking forward.

Coming up: a reading at UMass Amherst

Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, UMass Amherst

Hey there, Pioneer Valley: I’ll be giving a reading at UMass Amherst this Thursday evening, January 31st””with Melanie Rae Thon, whose work I’m excited to hear. Won’t you come out and join us?

Coming up: a reading at Yale



Please join me Monday evening, December 3rd, for a reading at Yale with the two senior fiction writers in my department, Michael Cunningham and John Crowley. I count myself lucky to work with these writers, two of the most ferocious intellects at work in American letters today. (Not to mention that they’re brilliant teachers and mentors””and fascinating speakers. I’m really excited to hear what they’ll read from.) We’ll be reading at 6:00 in LC 317, and hope you’ll be there. I anticipate a lively New Haven evening!

I’ll also have the honor of participating in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Visiting Writers Series early next year””my visit is scheduled for Thursday, January 31st. Last year, I judged a contest for graduate fiction writers, and was bowled over by the work they presented for my consideration. So I’m quite keen to visit this program, and hope that Pioneer Valley friends will come join me there. More details to follow as the date draws nearer.

Double Take—with Paul La Farge!


Tonight at 7:00: Join me and Paul La Farge as we participate in Albert Mobilio’s event Double Take at apexart. Albert writes, “It’s a commonplace””we all see things our own way. When three pairs of authors each trade takes on a shared experience they reveal just how different perception and prose can be.” Paul and I can’t tell you what we plan to write/talk about, but we promise it will be fun. The other authors featured tonight are Darcey Steinke & Shelley Jackson, and Joshua Cohen & Justin Taylor. 291 Church Street, New York City!

A Reading at Maple Grove


For the first time since reading at the fabulous KMoCA (Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art) with the inimitable Paul La Farge a few years back, I’ll be reading in the Hudson Valley later this month. Please come join me and local authors John & Nina Darnton at Poughkeepsie’s lovely Maple Grove on Sunday, July 31st. Poughkeepsie’s own indie bookseller, The Three Arts, will be there to sell books. It should be a very pleasant afternoon.

Two Private Events at My Almae Matres


I’ll be doing two events in May that are not open to the public, but which are open to fellow alumnae/i from my two almae matres, Kent Place School and Harvard University. Here they are:

1) Friday, May 13th at 2:15 in the afternoon, I’ll be part of the “Women and Writing” panel at Kent Place’s reunion. The panel will take place in the theater. All members of the KP community (students, alumnae, faculty, parents, etc.) are invited to attend; and I’m hopeful that I’ll be seeing many friends from the Class of 1986 there. (Lauren Kares Harrison, Sarah McFarland Taylor, and Maranda Loengard St. John-Nicole, are you reading this? I hope so!)

2) As part of the festivities for my [embarrassingly large number]th Harvard reunion, I’ll be part of an arts panel featuring many of our talented classmates: Colson Whitehead, Alethea Black, Ginna Carter, Larry O’Keefe, Tory Fair, and Glenn Kiser. (I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.) These are amazing people; it should be fun! It’s on Friday, May 27th at 2:00 in the afternoon; I’m not sure of the location, but will post it when I know. I believe this event is primarily for members of our class, but certainly my lovely husband, Class of ‘92, will be there, reunion year or no.

An open-to-the-public event will be coming up in the Hudson Valley in July; I’ll post information as the time gets closer.

A Reading & Conversation at NYU

New York University's Creative Writing Program's Lillian Vernon House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY

Please join me Friday afternoon, March 11th, for a reading and conversation at NYU’s Creative Writing Program with the marvelous Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and, most recently, Half A Life. I’ll be reading from my novel-in-progress and enjoying a glass of wine, in that order.

An Upcoming Reading at Bates College

Chase Hall's Skelton Lounge, 56 Campus Avenue

I’m very excited to be heading up to Bates College in Lewiston, ME on Thursday, February 10th to give a reading. The event will take place at 7:30 in the evening, and I’ll be reading from new work. I’d be delighted to see any and all Portland-area friends there! Please keep your fingers crossed for uneventful driving weather, of which, in my opinion, we haven’t had our fair share lately.

A panel discussion of Donald Barthelme in Madison Square Park. What could be better?


Now, this should be fun: Please join me on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 for an event in Madison Square Park entitled “Donald Barthelme Considered: A Strange Object Covered in Fur Which Breaks Your Heart.” This event is part of the Mad. Sq. Reads reading series, sponsored by the National Book Foundation, and will feature me along with fiction writers Stacey D’Erasmo and David Gates discussing one of our all-time favorite authors. Tracy Daugherty, author of Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme, will be the moderator. Great literature in one of New York City’s great parks! Please come; I’d love to see you there.

A Summer Course at The Venerable Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

This summer, I will once again have the pleasure and privilege of teaching a week-long writers’ workshop at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. The dates of the course will be July 10th through 17th; it’s an advanced fiction workshop, focusing on verisimilitude. If you’ve never been to Chautauqua, it’s a kind of paradise for brainiacs, readers, educators, spiritually-minded folks, and all those who prefer engagement with their fellow humans to watching television. Please come join me!

Reading at Simon’s Rock

Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, MA

Please join me for a reading at Bard College at Simon’s Rock on Thursday, 5 November 2009, at 7:30 in the evening. Simon’s Rock has an amazing reading series””and what a fantastic time of year to visit the Berkshires!

Panel Discussion on GRAVITY’S RAINBOW

Barnes & Noble's East 86th Street store; 150 East 86th Street, New York City

Please join me on the Upper East Side Monday evening, November 2nd, for a panel discussion, with Gerry Howard and Robert Stone, on the influence of Thomas Pynchon’s GRAVITY’S RAINBOW. The panel is sponsored by the National Book Foundation. This should be fun; at the very least, I’m looking forward to hearing what Howard and Stone have to say. I guess it’s too much to hope that Pynchon himself might show up . . .

Catskill Studio for Writing

Catskill Studio for Writing

Oops: As it turns out, the event at the Catskill Studio for Writing is a private reading, so I won’t be posting info on how to get there &c. My apologies!

If, however, you’re interested in a great upstate arts experience the weekend of the 25th, look no further than the note about Gloria Deluxe’s show at Bard’s Spiegeltent, below!

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