Moderator: Phil Pochoda
July 11: Wyn Cooper Mars Poetica (poems). Cooper’s fifth book of poetry. His poems have been turned into songs by Sheryl Crow, David Broza, and Madison Smartt Bell. Nominated for a Grammy Award, 1995.
Hernan Diaz In the Distance (novel). 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist; 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist. Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year.
July 18: Christopher Benfey IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. Benfy has written many wide-ranging books and essays (in the NYRB, NYT, and elsewhere) on themes and authors of the Gilded Age in America.
Walter Wetherell Where We Live (stories, fiction). Lyme’s prolific Walter Wetherell
delivers another wonderful book of short stories (his sixth) to
join his seven novels, five essay collections, three memoirs, and
two travel and nature guides
July 25: Gregory Pardlo Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America. Pardlo’s second book of poetry, Digest, (from which he will also read,) won
the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2015, and was named NYT best poetry
book of the year
Alice Mattison Conscience (novel). Mattison is the author of ten previous novels and
books of short stories, several of which were listed as NYT notable books of the year.
Aug 1: Christopher Castellani Leading Men (novel). One of top 10 literary fiction titles for Spring 2019 (PW) “Blazing….casts a spell from the start.” (Dwight Garner, NYT).
Peter Orner Maggie Brown & Others (fiction, stories). Orner is the author of two previous novels, two books of short stories, and a book of essays. His books have been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Prize and for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize; winner of the Goldberg Prize for Jewish fiction; finalist for the PEN Hemingway Prize.