Kathryn Davis is the author of eight novels, including The Silk Road and Duplex; and the memoir Aurelia, Aurélia (all Graywolf), one of the New Yorker's Best Books of 2022. Her numerous honors include the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She is the Hurst Senior Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis.
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Whatever book a writer first fell in love with as a child makes its appearance—in some form—in everything that writer writes forever after. We’ll begin class by looking at evidence of this observation in examples provided by Louise Glück, Christine Schutt, Garth Greenwell, Sigrid Nunez, Richard Powers, and Jamaica Kincaid. Everyone will be required to bring their own first-beloved book with them to class, and to engage with it in a writing exercise. Kathryn Davis has compiled a list of several writers' first beloved books and paired them with one of the writer's own books (e.g., Jane Eyre and Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy). Her compilation will be shared in advance of the class so that participants can familiarize themselves with the work; you are invited to bring your own examples to class (e.g., a passage from a Jamaica Kincaid story).
Saturday, October 14, 2023
3:00–5:00 p.m. ET
Online on Zoom
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