Edith Pearlman, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Award, refers to Doug Bauer's new essay collection as a "memoir-in-essay" where "in each sentence each word seems the only possible choice." Andre Dubus III, who read to a standing-room-only crowd at the South End Library last year, told us then he'd read
Bauer's draft of the collection on the train up to Boston, and called them "the finest personal essays I have ever read." Novelist Margot Livesey describes it as "a beautiful book about mortal matters and the great lessons of time that are written on the body." In case you still wonder what this is all about, come to the South End Library on Tuesday, October 22 and 6:30 PM and listen to Doug Bauer read from the mesmerizing and humorous stories he's assembled in What Happens Next: Matters of Life and Death. Bauer has published novels (Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans), a memoir (Prairie City, Iowa: Three Seasons at Home), a book on the craft of fiction (The Stuff of Fiction: Advice on Craft), and was the editor for Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals and Prime Times: Writers on Their Favorite Television Shows. Named Outstanding Writer by the Iowa Public Library Foundation, and winner of grants for both fiction and creative non-fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bauer teaches literature at Bennington College when he is not writing his next book. The event is sponsored by FOSEL and, thanks to your contributions, free. We even 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. COMING UP NEXT IN THE SOUTH END WRITES SERIES ARE:
J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author and former New York Times writer whose novels includeNew York Times bestsellers Commencement and Maine – winner of the Best Book of the Year by Time magazine– and, most recently, The Engagegements. ===== 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, will come out in November 2013. ===== 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.