Monday, June 3, 2013

Authors Lionel Shriver, Lauren Weisberger and Jonathan Dee

Highlights from this week in the Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC

Wednesday Author
Big Brother Lionel Shriver
How do you balance love for your siblings with love for your spouse? Join Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin and So Much for That, as she examines the question of how far someone will go to save a loved one by drawing on her own experience with her obese older brother in her latest book. Big Brother examines issues surrounding family, food, fat, and love.

Wednesday Bonus Author
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger 
with Hoda Kotb
Dying to know what happened to Andy and Miranda after the events of The Devil Wears Prada? In the eight years since she split from Miranda, Andy has started her own wildly successful bridal magazine and is planning her own wedding, but it’s only time before her past comes back to haunt her.  Join Lauren Weisberger in the Reading Room to learn more about her latest novel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.

Win a copy of Lauren's new book. Be the first person to arrive for the event after 6:30pm, find the Reading Room Coordinator and say the secret passcode "The Devil's Back" to win. Reading Room is open weather permitting 11am to 7pm. Books available courtesy of publishers, while supplies last.

Word for Word Author
Wednesday, June 5
Lionel Shriver: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Lauren Weisberger: 7pm - 8:15pm
Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC

Tuesday BookClub

Jonathan Dee, author of A Thousand Pardons: A Novel, joins us in the Reading Room for a BookClub discussion on Father and Son by Edmund Gosse. Pick up your free copies for the free book clubs all summer in the Reading Room courtesy of Oxford University Press. And get some insight into our host with this questionnaire.

What was your inspiration for this book? I would say a combination of Tiger Woods and John Calvin.

Where do you do your best writing? In conditions of silence, with a pen and a legal pad, in the easy chair in my living room.

Which author do you wish had been your 7th grade English teacher? Probably Edna O’Brien, or Clarice Lispector, or Sylvia Plath . . . Remember, I’m a 7th grade boy in this scenario.

What is your secret talent? My daughter would say it is that I can talk like Donald Duck.

What is your favorite book? Impossible to say.  Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, To The Lighthouse, The Good Soldier, The USA Trilogy, The Postman Always Rings Twice . . .

Who reads your first draft? My first drafts are written in longhand, so no one else could read them even if they wanted to.

Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand? See above.

What book are you currently reading? (Old school or e-Reader?) Death of the Black-Haired Girl, by Robert Stone. Old school always.

What word or punctuation mark are you most guilty of overusing? The semicolon. Like duct tape for sentences. The worst part is how I scoff at other writers who have the same weakness I do.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? In my twenties I worked at The Paris Review, on the theory that if I didn’t make it as a writer, I would still want a professional foothold in some world where people valued the same things I did. So I probably would have been an editor of some sort, or an academic.

Did you have an “a-ha!” moment that made you want to be a writer? Reading the short story “So Much Unfairness of Things” by C.D.B. Bryan when I was in the seventh grade. It was my introduction to the idea that a story’s job might be to make it harder, rather than easier, to judge the characters within it.

Do you read your books after they’ve been published? Never. I can’t finish a page without coming across a sentence I want to rewrite, and it’s painful to realize that I’m too late.

Word for Word BookClub
Tuesday, June 4
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Bryant Park Reading Room sponsored by HSBC

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