Jamaica Kincaid, the award-winning author of novels, essays and short stories, moved from the Antiguan island of St. John's where she was born in 1949, to New York City when she was seventeen. She worked there for a while as an au-pair and, after a three-year stint of college classes, began to write for magazines and weeklies, including The Village Voice, and then The New Yorker, in 1976. She became the protege of its revered and feared editor at the time, William Shawn, and married his son, Allen Shawn, a composer of classical music. They since divorced. Kincaid’s latest novel, See Now Then, will be the topic of her upcoming visit to the South End library. The plot centers on a nasty divorce after the husband finds a younger wife, one of the many details in this book of fiction that appear to echo Kincaid’s life. It recently won the 2014 American Book Award, a prize created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement in America’s diverse literary community. Kincaid has written five novels, including The Autobiography of my Mother, and a moving and courageous memoir of her brother’s struggles with AIDS and death, called My Brother. Her 1983 short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River, won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The writer has numerous other excellent books and articles to her name, including My Garden Book, on the ennobling subject of gardening.
The event starts at 6:30 PM. The South End branch is fully handicapped accessible. Seating is limited. Come early if you want to be sure you can get squeezed in.
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NEXT AUTHOR COMING UP AT THE SOUTH END LIBRARY:
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 PM
JENNIFER HAIGH, a winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and other prestigious literary prizes, Haigh is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, (The Condition and Baker Towers). Recognized as an outstanding short-story writer, Haigh grew up as a coal miner’s daughter in central Pennsylvania. Her most recent collection of short stories, News from Heaven, the Bakerton Stories, was called “an uplifting and radiant book” by Janet Maslin, the reviewer for the New York Times. The Boston Globe’s reviewer called the linked stories in this collection “a distinct, shining example of Haigh’s remarkable gifts for lyricism, psychological insight, and stealth humor.”