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April 11, 2014

A Reading With Elizabeth Strout

This year’s spring benefit highlights the work of Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout.


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— Join People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos for a reading by Pulitzer prize winning author Elizabeth Strout.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

Strout attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in English in 1977.  Two years later, she went to Syracuse University College of Law, where she received a law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology.  She worked briefly for Legal Services, before moving to New York City, where she became an adjunct in the English Department of Borough of Manhattan Community College.  By this time she was publishing more stories in literary magazines and Redbook and Seventeen.  Juggling the needs that came with raising a family and her teaching schedule, she found a few hours each day to work on her writing.

In 1998, Amy and Isabelle was published to much critical acclaim.  The novel had taken almost seven years to write, and only her family and close friends knew she was working on it.  Six years later she published Abide With Me, and three years after that, Olive Kitteridge. While her life as a writer has increasingly become a more public one, she remains as devoted to the crafting of honest fiction as she was when she was sixteen years old, sending out her first stories. Her most recent novel, The Burgess Boys, was published March 26, 2013.

PRAISE FOR THE BURGESS BOYS

“[A] fluid and compassionate new novel . . . There is a geographic extension of the Burgess boys’ rivalries in the complex tensions between Mainers and New Yorkers, and it’s hard to think of anyone more convincing on this subject than Elizabeth Strout. . . . Strout handles her storytelling with grace, intelligence and low-key humor, demonstrating a great ear for the many registers in which people speak to their loved ones.” New York Times Book Review

Having lived in New York for almost half her life, she continues to thrill at the crowded sidewalks and the subways and the small corner delis.  “It’s simple,” she has said.  “For me – there is nothing more interesting than life.”

Ms. Strout will be introduced by People & Stories board member and 2011 event speaker, Shelia Kohler. Sheila’s short story, “Magic Man” a story from the Yale Review will be in Best American Short Stories 2013. Penguin will publish her latest novel, Dreaming for Freud in July 2014. 

To reserve your seat at the reading, please call People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos at (609) 393-1750 or email Pat Andres at patandres@peopleandstories.org

Friday, April 11, 2014
7:30 PM
Limited Seating Available