The Literary Review’s 50th Anniversary Reading Features Novelist Lydia Davis
Madison, NJ (July 25, 2007) — Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Lydia Davis will read on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus in Madison, NJ, at 7 p.m. in Lenfell Hall on Friday, August 10. FDU’s Literary Review is pleased to announce the launch of its 50th anniversary reading series with this event. It is free and open to the public.
Davis’ most recent collection of short stories, “Varieties of Disturbance,” received rave acclaim. New York Magazine writes in June, “Lydia Davis writes short stories very, very well.” The New Yorker Magazine wrote in June, “Strung together, they gain momentum as tiny epics of paranoia and ennui, each a snapshot of ‘a moment of madness during which the people could not bear the frustration of their lives.’” Davis’ earlier books include the novel “The End of the Story” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and the collections of short stories “Break It Down” (FSG) and “Almost No Memory” (GSG). She teaches at Bard College in NY. Davis’ reading is sponsored by The Literary Review, Fairleigh Dickinson’s MFA program in Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Literary Review will be continuing its celebration of its first fifty years with two readings at the famed Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan this fall. On September 25, Russell Banks will read, participate in a public interview and answer audience questions. On October 10, Samantha Hunt, Shelley Jackson, Matthew Lippman and Dennis Nurkse will read. All readings will take place at 7 p.m.
The Literary Review: An International Journal of Contemporary Writing has been published quarterly by Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1957. Its many special issues have introduced new fiction, poetry, and essays from many nations, regions, or languages to English readers. Issues focus on such topics as contemporary fiction in Portuguese, Iranian exiles, new Irish writing, North African authors, and Philippine fiction and poetry. Many works written in English and first published in our pages have won awards and been reprinted in collections.
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For more information on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s low residency MFA program in creative writing: http://mfa.fdu.edu/ and for information on the BA in creative writing: http://view.fdu.edu/?id=1966