On the Well-Tempered Sentence

I’m moderating a panel entitled “On the Well-Tempered Sentence” with Gary Lutz, Ben Marcus, John Haskell, and Christine Schutt on October 6, 2010 at the Center for Fiction. I hope you can make it.

Four exacting artisans of the sentence (Gary Lutz, Ben Marcus, John Haskell, and Christine Schutt) discuss writing at its most basic level. Critic, writer, and editor John Madera will lead this panel on one of the most critical parts of narrative.

John Haskell is the author of American Purgatorio, I Am Not Jackson Pollock, and Out of My Skin. A contributor to the radio program The Next Big Thing, he lives in Brooklyn.

Gary Lutz is the author of three short-story collections: Stories in the Worst Way, I Looked Alive, and Partial List of People to Bleach. Lutz has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Christine Schutt is the author of the short-story collections A Night, A Day, Another Night, Summer and Nightwork, chosen by poet John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for The Times Literary Supplement. Her first novel, Florida, was a 2004 National Book Award finalist. Her new novel, All Souls, is out now from Harcourt.

John Madera’s work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Opium Magazine, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction; and is forthcoming in Conjunctions and The Believer. He’s senior flash fiction editor at JMWW and his column, “A Reader’s Log(orrhea),” may be found at The Nervous Breakdown.

RSVP here. And here.

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