Russell's writing now seems ready to explore the ambiguities of the adult world, to press upon those moments—perhaps even more tragic—when the private worlds of the fully grown are revealed as unstable, unreliable, incompatible with a more generally recognized reality. But it's not a simple thing to evolve as a writer. Going forward, Russell does worry, after the Pulitzer nomination, about letting her supporters down.
The conspicuously untelevised Writers' Guild of America East awards ceremony has its own writerly charms: it is invariably raunchy and mean, and often decidedly un-sober. This year's edition at BB King near Times Square did not surprise on those scores. The host, actor Richard Kind (most recently seen in Argo but most widely known for the role of Press Secretary Paul Lassiter on television's "Spin City") said, in his opening monologue: "What's more unknown than the Writers Guild of America? I found out. The Writers Guild of America East Coast!"
Drinking With Men is an idiosyncratic memoir coming from a woman in 2012, though it revives an old standby (paging Pete Hamill!): a compendium of sharply observed drinking stories that revolve around the usually male communities that form among bar regulars.
At a packed reading in Brooklyn, George Saunders tempered the weird worlds of his fiction with a very down-to-earth self-presentation.
In her convincing, comforting presence, one wanted to believe that her book has indeed “been read very reductively,” as she said after the event. “It makes feminism stupid to refuse to look at peer reviewed science if you know—and just want it to go away.”
Writers and assorted enthusiasts gathered this weekend for a marathon reading of Moby-Dick that roamed from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back.
Jami Attenberg discusses her fourth book, The Middlesteins, what it's like to write about weight issues, having an anti-intervention, and struggling to make writing pay.
The creators of popular blogs Suri's Burn Book and F*ck! I'm in My Twenties celebrated the release of their debut books at Housing Works bookstore.
Molly Ringwald, author of the recent novel-in-stories When It Happens to You, had a reading at Soho's McNally Jackson bookstore with Emma Straub.
In For a Good Time Call... two women attempt to navigate life and friendship while running a phone sex line.