PAUL LA FARGE - 9:50 AM, Weds. March 29. Join us Wednesday, March 29 at 9:50 AM in MU 302 for another session of Inside the Writers House, when Write

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PAUL LA FARGE - 9:50 AM, Weds. March 29.

Join us Wednesday, March 29 at 9:50 AM in MU 302 for another session of Inside the Writers House, when Writers House instructor Alex Dawson talks with author Paul La Farge, whose "breathtaking" (Washington Post), "playful and cleverly imagined" (New York Times), "intoxicating" (Newsweek) new novel, The Night Ocean, one of New York Magazine's "8 Books to Read in March" and BBC's "10 Books to Read in March" is "more than a great read—it’s a timely meditation on the challenge of separating artist from art and the limits of human understanding" (Chicago Review of Books).

La Farge is the author of three other novels and a book of imaginary dreams. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Believer, McSweeney's, Nautilus, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. He has won the Bard Fiction Prize, two California Book Awards, and the Bay Area Book Critics' Award for fiction. In 2013-14 he was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

"Magnificent. The Night Ocean is an impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unloveable that speaks the unspeakable." -Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy

“Paul La Farge has crafted the perfect novel – a work that constantly twists into unexpected realms, that illuminates the nature of love and deception, and that is as funny as it is profound. The Night Ocean is a gift to readers.” -David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

"The best novel of the year, almost any year. Historical, hysterical, fanatically attuned to the nuances of language and character, its mission, in its own words, is to ‘begin the almost impossible work of loving the world.’ It succeeds and then some, but it does more than that. It opens the window and airs out our stuffy literature. It is a book of light and laughter." -Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story


1:10 PM, Weds. Feb 8 - Jason Rekulak (The Impossible Fortress)

11:30 AM, Tues. Feb 14 - Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) & Anne Raeff (The Jungle Around Us)

4:30 PM, Mon. Feb 20 - Tim Murphy (Christadora) & Kevin Wilson (Perfect Little World)

9:50 AM, Mon. Feb 27 - Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun)

1:10 PM, Fri. March 10 - Mariana Enriquez (Things We Lost in the Fire)

9:50 AM, Fri. March 24 - Rahul Mehta (No Other World) & Hari Kunzru (White Tears)

9:50 AM, Weds. March 29 - Paul La Farge (Night Ocean)

2:50 PM, Fri. April 7 - Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy)

1:10 PM, Mon. April 10 - Esmé Weijun Wang (The Border of Paradise)

1:10 PM, Tues. April 18 - Kristen Radtke (Imagine Wanting Only This) & Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky)

6:10 PM, Thurs. April 27 - Hannah Tinti (The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley)

2:50 PM, Mon. May 1 - Claire Cameron (The Last Neanderthal)

All IWH sessions meet in the Plangere Culture Lab, Murray Hall 302. Click HERE to read my open letter to Writers House instructors. Click HERE to read series feedback from the students.


Be a part of the conversation! Get candid access to working writers from all over the country as Writers House instructor (and former bookstore owner) Alex Dawson talks craft (via video chat) with some of the year's hottest pen pushers.

"Inside the Writers House" invites you into the homes, offices, and writing rooms of acclaimed authors, providing an inside eye on their working life and a level of intimacy often lacking in more formal settings. An obvious reference to the televised Actor's Studio seminar, "Writers House" interviews are likewise craft focused, but strive for an earthy spontaneity unencumbered by prepared queries and index card cues. Visits are conversational and plastic, largely molded by (and dependent on) audience questions. In addition to the conversation, most sessions include short readings, writing prompts, and personal "tours" (chances are you'll meet their pets).

Books by IWH guests are available at the RU B&N (just look for the stepladder display bearing the IWH logo). In some instances, signed ex-librīs labels are available to those who purchase books.


Previous guests: Joe McGinniss, Jr., Lara Vapnyar, Nathan Hill, Arthur Phillips, Tom Holland, Garth Greenwell, Karan Mahajan, Justin Cronin, Bill Broun, Maryse Meijer, Sara Majka, Jonathan Evison, Michael Swanwick, Scott Snyder, N.K Jemison, Daniel Wallace, Ann Packer, Stewart O'Nan, Alexander Chee, Hannah Tennant-Moore (Wreck and Order), Andrew Smith, Charles Bock, Julia Elliot, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (The Nest), David Gates, James Hannaham, Austin Grossman, Erika Swyler, Elissa Schappell, Daniel Torday, Laura van den Berg, Annie Liontas Sung Woo, Susan Orlean, Benjamin Percy, Daniel José Older, Clay McLeod Chapman, William Chandler, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Lev Grossman, Mark Jacobson, Bret Anthony Johnston, Thomas Pierce, Lauren Oliver, Edwin Frank, Jeff VanderMeer, Achy Obejas, William Giraldi, Porochista Khakpour, Jess Row, Rolf Potts, Alethea Black, and Emma Straub.

Click HERE to read the New Brunswick Today article about "Inside the Writers House."

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ALEX DAWSON is the author of The Rapscallion Club, a forthcoming archeological adventure series for all ages, which has received advance praise from Lev Grossman (The Magicians) and World Fantasy Award winner John Crowley (Little, Big), among others. Until 2012, Dawson was the owner of The Raconteur, a now-defunct bookshop and performance venue hailed by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Star Ledger. He is the founder of Raconteur Ventures, a company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through cultural programming, and the host of Raconteurs & Roustabouts, a vaudevillian variety show that puts authors on stage alongside musicians and sideshow performers. Dawson teaches Intro to Creative Writing and Creative Writing in Middle Grade & YA Fiction at Rutgers University and Multi-Genre Creative Writing at the Middlesex County Arts High School. He is currently at work on the dark YA novel, The Wonderful World of Walker Hands.

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