Boston Globe columnist and award-winning author, Joan Wickersham, will talk about her latest collection of short stories, The News from Spain, on Tuesday, November 27. The San Francisco Chronicle called it "Divine." Kirkus Reviews and NPR said it was “one of the best books.” Her 2009 memoir, The Suicide Index: Putting my Father's Death in Order, was a National Book Award finalist and won Salon Book Award. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary.
Wickersham introduced the Pulitzer-prize winning biographer, Megan Marshall, when she was at the South End library in May to present her biography of the poet Elizabeth Bishop, A Miracle for Breakfast. Wickersham's fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and has been published in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her op-ed column runs regularly in The Boston Globe. She has published essays and reviews in The Los Angeles Times and The International Herald Tribune; and has read her work on National Public Radio’s On Point and Morning Edition. She also writes frequently about architecture, including The Lurker, a column she created for Architecture Boston magazine.
The author has received the Ploughshares Cohen Award for Best Short Story and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has taught at Harvard, Emerson, the University of Massachusetts (Boston), and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Joan graduated from Yale with a degree in art history, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.