READING: JULIA GLASS & ELIZABETH HAND
ARTIST TALK: LYLE ASHTON HARRIS
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 6 PM
Julia Glass is the author of the novels A House Among the Trees, And the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s Tale, The Whole World Over, and the National Book Award–winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her personal essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She is a cofounder of the arts festival Twenty Summers, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Elizabeth Hand is the multiple-award-winning author of fifteen genre-spanning novels and five collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (thrice), International Horror Guild Award (three times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among others, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” [Katherine Dunn] — Generation Loss, Available Dark, Hard Light and forthcoming The Book of Lamps and Banners — have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith and are being developed for a TV series. She's also written YA, and a popular series of Star Wars books for middle grade children.
With Paul Witcover, Hand created DC Comic’s early 1990s cult series Anima, whose riot grrl superheroine dealt with homeless teenagers, drug abuse, the AIDS epidemic and racial violence, and featured DC Comics’ first openly gay teenager (the series also once guest-starred Conan O’Brien). Her 1999 play “The Have-Nots” was a finalist in London’s Fringe Theater Festival and went on to play at the Battersea Arts Center. She has written numerous novelizations of films, including Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, and a popular series. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Hand's books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and have been optioned for film and television. She divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London, and has just completed a true crime novel set in 1915 Chicago, inspired by outsider artist Henry Darger.
For more than two decades Lyle Ashton Harris (born 1965, New York) has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Harris is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University.