Reading and discussion hosted by Edie Meidav, with Sabina Murray, Helen Benedict, and Roxana Robinson
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
What does it mean in this era to write across gender? Where does the freedom and limitation of fiction locate itself? Join four lively, engaged contemporary fiction writers in a reading and interactive panel discussion on a topic burningly relevant to the pleasures, anxieties and aspirations of our current moment.
Edie Meidav is the author of three award-winning novels: Lola/California, Crawl Space, and The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon. Among her recent honors and grants are a Lannan Fellowship, a Fulbright to Sri Lanka, the Bard Fiction Prize for writers under 40, the Kafka Award for Best Novel by an American Woman, and residencies at Macdowell, the Fundacion Valparaiso and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and her next novel is Dogs of Cuba.
Roxana Robinson’s most recent work is the critically acclaimed novel, Sparta. Her previous novel, Cost, won the Maine Fiction Award, and was named one of the five best novels of 2008 by the Washington Post. She is also the author of the earlier novels Sweetwater, This is My Daughter and Summer Light, and also three story collections, as well as the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Four of these were New York Times Notable Books. Robinson’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony and the Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Hunter College and lives in New York City and northwestern Connecticut.
Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the award-winning author of six novels, a play, and five books of non-fiction. Her most recent novel, Sand Queen, tells the story of two women on opposite sides of the Iraq War, while her play and nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, exposed the epidemic of sexual violence in the military. Her previous novel, The Edge of Eden, deals with the legacy of colonialism in the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles.
Sabina Murray is the author of three novels and two story collections—the recent Tales of the New World, and The Caprices, which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.