Bill also reflects on his conversation a decade ago with Nobel-prize winning novelist Doris Lessing who passed away in London at the age of 94.
When Bill asks Lessing, whose literary career spanned six decades, if she ever stops writing this is how she answered: "No, I'm compulsive and I deeply think that it has to be something very neurotic. And I'm not joking, it has to be. Because if I've finished a book and this wonderful release, which I'm now feeling; it's off, it's in a parcel, it's gone to a publisher. Bliss and happiness. I don't have to do anything, nothing — I can just sit around. But, suddenly it starts, you see. This terrible feeling that I am just wasting my life."
Two venerable New York institutions, The Strand and the Women's National Book Association join forces to present a very special panel of contemporary writers! Featuring (left to right): Bernice McFadden, Michele Forbes, Caroline Leavitt, Roxana Robinson and John Searles, with Elizabeth Nunez moderating.
In honor of National Reading Group Month, Elizabeth Nunez, author of Boundaries, leads a panel including Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta, Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow?, John Searles, author of Help For The Haunted, Michèle Forbes, author of Ghost Moth, and Bernice McFadden author of Nowhere Is A Place. They discuss the world of literature and the challenges of contemporary fiction.
Join us for an exclusive conversation with acclaimed Robert Stone, author of Death of The Black-Haired Girl, and Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers.
Robert, a winner of the National Book Award and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, returns with Death of The Black-Haired Girl, his first novel in ten years. Death of The Black-Haired Girl traces the story of a cynical professor and his affair with a brilliant, passionate young student. With his signature blend of uncompromising insight and deft characterization, Robert examines the unintended damage people to themselves and each other. Robert will speak about his writing and answer audience questions!
Joining Robert for the evening will be Rachel Kushner, author of this year's widely acclaimed novel The Flamethrowers, heralded by James Wood as "scintillatingly alive." You won't want to miss out on this chat between two contemporary masters of fiction.