AuthorsLive: Best Selling Authors Maggie Shipstead & Susanna Kaysen Visit Greenwich Library on Tuesday, April 29
Two award-winning authors with newly released novels, Maggie Shipstead and Susanna Kaysen will speak at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium.
Maggie Shipstead is the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and a New York Times best seller. Her latest novel, Astonish Me is a compelling glimpse into the passionate, political world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.
Astonish Me, on sale April 8, takes its inspiration from Mikhail Baryshnikov's 1974 defection from the Soviet Union and his affair with socialite Christina Berlin. This thrilling novel, published at the height of the New York City dance season, raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the brutality of training, the impossible perfection expected on stage, and the choices we must make in search of fulfillment.
Bookpage says Astonish Me is "Certain to secure Shipstead's place as a major literary voice . . . Full of insight into the artistic mind and the human condition, this is a story that readers will embrace."
Susanna Kaysen's best-selling memoir, Girl, Interrupted sold more than a million copies. Kaysen's new novel, Cambridge, is described as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted, as Kaysen once again digs deep into her personal adolescent experiences to deliver a story that illuminates the thinking of her young female protagonist. This new work will appeal to lovers of novels of academic life and readers of literary fiction.
Susanna, the precocious narrator of Cambridge, would rather be home than in London, Florence or Athens. Uprooted from her beloved Harvard Square by her father's career, she feels lost and excluded in these new, exotic locations.
According to Publisher's Weekly, Cambridge is "A literary tour-de-force displaying Kaysen's unique talent for creating an engaging ensemble cast that comes uniquely alive under adolescent eyes . . . Affectingly real."
Written with a sharp eye for the pretensions, and charms, of the intellectual classes, Cambridge captures the mores of an era now past, the ordinary lives of extraordinary people in a singular part of America, and the delights, fears, and longings of childhood.
Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2008) and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She graduated from Harvard in 2005.
Susanna Kaysen is the author of the novels Far Afield and Asa, As I Knew Him. Girl, Interrupted, was made into a film starring Winona Ryder. Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she attended high school at both the Commonwealth School in Boston and the Cambridge School in Weston.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive or call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.
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