Right after the Thanksgiving holiday, on Tuesday, December 3, The South End Writes will host the last author of the year 2013, J. Courtney Sullivan. The bestselling novelist’s previous novel, Maine (2011), was named the Time Magazine Best Book of the Year as well as a Washington Post Notable Book. The writer’s 2009 novel, Commencements, about four Smith College dorm mates together at a wedding for the first time four years after graduation, was described by the New York Times as that year’s most inviting summer novel.
Sullivan will read from her new work of fiction, The Engagements, at the South End Library. Spanning almost a hundred years, the novel describes four marriages, each one vastly different from the other, but likely engagingly recognizable to most observers of, or participants in, the marital dance. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. The author will be introduced by novelist and South End resident Sue Miller, who invited Sullivan to speak at The South End Writes.
The event is sponsored by FOSEL and, thanks to your contributions, free. We offer refreshments. The author’s books will be available for purchase and borrowing. The library is fully handicapped accessible thanks to FOSEL’s fundraising. The library is located on Tremont Street between West Newton Street and Rutland Square. Seating is limited so come early.
COMING UP NEXT IN THE SOUTH END WRITES SERIES ARE:
Tuesday, January 14, 2014:
South Ender Christopher Castellani, whose recent novel, All This Talk of Love, got a great review in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year. Previous work includes A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award, and The Saint of Lost Things, a BookkSense Notable Award. Castellani is the artistic director of Boston’s creative-writing center Grub Street.
Tuesday, February 25:
Michael Lowenthal, novelist, short-story writer, editor and teacher of creative writing,will read from his most recent The Paternity Test, which describes the voyage of a gay couple trying to save a marriage by having a baby. His previous work includes Charity Girl and The Same Embrace. During Lowenthal’s valedictorian speech at Dartmouth College in 1990, he revealed he was gay, prompting The Dartmouth Review to editorialize that he had ‘ruined the ceremony.’ The New York Times reported he received a standing ovation, however, so all was not lost.
Tuesday, March 18:
Max Grinnel, otherwise known as The Urbanologist. Grinnell’s focal point is the urban condition. He teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Boston University, where he helps students learn about urbanism, architecture, planning, and related topics.
Tuesday, April 8:
Poet Colin D. Halloran, who served with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2006. A former public school teacher, Colin works with students and teachers to find ways in which poetry can inform the media’s and historians’ portrayals of war. His debut collection of poems, Shortly Thereafter, won the 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award.
Tuesday, April 29:
Anita Shreve, award-winning author of numerous books of fiction, including the international bestseller The Pilot’s Wife. which was made into a movie of the same name and was an Oprah Book Clubselection. Her new novel, Stella Bain, has just come out to excellent review in the Boston Globe.
Tuesday, May 20:
South End author Wendy Wunder (The Probability of Miracles) will return to talk about her latest novel, due out in April 2014, called The Museum of Intangible Things.
Tuesday, July 1:
William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Timesbestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.