Join us for an evening with the New Yorker's Hilton Als, as he reads from his latest volume, a cultural cross-examination called White Girls. Released by McSweeney's and hailed in a Publishers Weekly starred review as "compassionate," White Girls marks Hilton's first full release in fourteen years.
In accordance with the new volume, Donna Seaman of Booklist calls Hilton "a fine, piercing observer and interpreter, a writer of lashing exactitude and veracity." White Girls includes deft, smart observations on race, gender, and history, and explains a vast categorical concept that Hilton dubs "white girls"... a thread of our cultural past in present that he claims includes the likes of Truman Capote, Malcolm X, and Flannery O'Connor. Hilton has written for the New Yorker since 1989, and became a staff writer in 1994. He's the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and also contributes to the New York Review of Books.
Cartoonist Lynda Barry appears at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist who lives in rural Wisconsin. She's authored 19 books and received numerous awards and honors for her work, including two William Eisner awards, the American Library Association's Alex award, the Washington State governor's award, the Wisconsin Library Association's R.R. Donnelly award and the Museum of Wisconsin Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Newsweek, Time, Salon, Mother Jones, Poetry Magazine and Tin House. She is currently assistant professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Discovery Fellow at the UW Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Her new graphic novel is The Freddie Stories.
Join us for an exclusive conversation with acclaimed Robert Stone, author of Death of The Black-Haired Girl, and Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers.
Robert, a winner of the National Book Award and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, returns with Death of The Black-Haired Girl, his first novel in ten years. Death of The Black-Haired Girl traces the story of a cynical professor and his affair with a brilliant, passionate young student. With his signature blend of uncompromising insight and deft characterization, Robert examines the unintended damage people to themselves and each other. Robert will speak about his writing and answer audience questions!
Joining Robert for the evening will be Rachel Kushner, author of this year's widely acclaimed novel The Flamethrowers, heralded by James Wood as "scintillatingly alive." You won't want to miss out on this chat between two contemporary masters of fiction.