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NBCC Reads

Reminder: “Conjugal Lit,” an NBCC Reads Event, at New York’s Center for Fiction Tomorrow Night

By Eric Banks

Conjugal Lit with Lore Segal, Gary Giddins, Brenda Wineapple, Stephen Koch, Moderated by James Marcus

Center for Fiction

17 East 47th Street, New York

Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00pm

What books have the smartest things to say about conjugal love? NBCC Reads posed the question this spring to our membership (and past award winners). Tomorrow night, a panel of critics and writers gather together to discuss love and literature from Shakespeare to Jacqueline Susann.

Lore Segal is the author of four works of fiction, the most recent being Shakespeare’s Kitchen, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also translated and written several children’s books, including an award-winning version of Grimm’s fairy tales illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Gary Giddins is the author of Visions of Jazz, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1998, as well as several other volumes of criticism, including Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema

Brenda Wineapple’s White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008. Her other books include biographies of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Janet Flanner, and that immortal and eccentric sister-and-brother team, Leo and Gertrude Stein.  
Stephen Koch’s most recent book is The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of Jose Robles. He is also the author of Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Munzenberg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals, as well as two novels and a study of Andy Warhol.
James Marcus is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and oversees its NBCC Reads series. He is an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review and the author of a memoir, Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot-Com Juggernaut, as well as six translations from the Italian.