Hosted by Darra Goldstein and Hannah Fries, with Patty Crane, Elizabeth Graver, Francine Prose, Ruth Reichl, and Ellen Doré Watson
Williams College Museum of Art, 6-7:30 p.m.
Join renowned food writer Ruth Reichl, poets Ellen Doré Watson and Patty Crane, and fiction writers Francine Prose and Elizabeth Graver for a savory evening of words, art, and light hors d’oeuvres. The writers will read their creative responses to the same work of art: a black-and-white photograph by Walker Evans titled “Kitchen Wall, Alabama Farmstead” (1936). The reading will be followed by a reception.
Patty Crane’s new translation of Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer’s Sorgegondolen (Sorrow Gondola), was recently published in the journal Blackbird. Her poetry has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Bellevue Literary Review, RUNES, The Massachusetts Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and WestBranch, among other journals. Her awards include the 2004 Two Rivers Review Poetry Prize and Atlanta Review’s 2005 International Publication Prize.
Elizabeth Graver’s new novel is forthcoming from HarperCollins in spring, 2013. She is the author of three other novels: Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling. Her short story collection Have You Seen Me? won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; The Pushcart Prize Anthology; and Best American Essays. Her story “The Mourning Door” was awarded the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares. The mother of two daughters, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Boston College.
Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. Her latest novel, My New American Life, was published in 2011. She is the president of the PEN American Center and lives in New York City.
Ruth Reichl was the Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine for ten years until its closing in 2009. She has also been a restaurant critic for the New York Times and both the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of the best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards and with numerous awards from the Association of American Food Journalists. Ms. Reichl is the host and executive producer of Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth and Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie on public television, and the executive producer of Garlic and Sapphires, a Fox 2000 film based on her memoirs.
Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent book is Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Earlier collections include This Sharpening, We Live in Bodies, and Ladder Music. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Watson has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adelia Prado. She serves as Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, and is poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review. Currently she is serving as an Elector of the Poet’s Corner, Cathedral of St. John the Divine.