The South End Writes resumes its series after a bit of a hiatus on Tuesday, February 25 with the acclaimed author, Michael Lowenthal who will read from his latest novel, The Paternity Test. One of the first novels about a gay couple trying to save a marriage by having a baby, it explores the universal pitfalls that any such couple would face plus the the particular complications that involve surrogacy and love in a time of pioneering realities.
Michael Lowenthal is the author of three previous novels, Charity Girl (2007), Avoidance (2002) and The Same Embrace (1998). His short stories have appeared in Tin House, the Southern Review, theKenyon Review, and Esquire.com, and have been widely anthologized, in such volumes as Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader, and Best New American Voices 2005. He has also written nonfiction for the New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Out, and many other publications.
The Boston-based writer has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan writers' conferences, the MacDowell Colony, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the Instituto Sacatar. Lowenthal has also been awarded Lynchburg College's Thornton Residency and the James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize. He has taught creative writing at Boston College and Hampshire College, and since 2003 has been a core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University.
COMING UP NEXT IN "THE SOUTH END WRITES" SERIES ARE:
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 Club selection. Her new novel, Stella Bain, has just come out to excellent reviews 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, June 10:
William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Timesbestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.