KAREN JOY FOWLER in conversation with MEG WAITE CLAYTON

Credit: Brett Hall Jones
 
 

 

 

Karen Joy Fowler in conversation with Meg Waite Clayton

Tuesday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.

Black Glass: Short Fiction

 

We're so pleased to welcome back Man Booker Prize nominee, Karen Joy Fowler with her re-issued and remarkable collection of fifteen stories originally published in 1998, together with a new prefatory essay by Fowler.  This collection will introduce you to the full scope of her literary talents, as the stories traverse the boundaries of realism, science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, myth, historical fiction, and satire. 
 
Fowler lets her wit and vision roam freely, turning accepted norms inside out and fairy tales upside down—pushing us to reconsider our unquestioned verities and proving once again that she is among our most subversive writers.
 
Her characters are eccentric and the plots they find themselves twisted in are exciting and page-turning: Carry Nation loose again, breaking up discos, smashing topless bars, radicalizing women as she preaches clean living to men more intent on babes and booze. And here is Mrs. Gulliver, her patience with her long-voyaging Lemuel worn thin: Money is short and the kids can’t even remember what their dad looks like. And what of Tonto, the ever-faithful companion, turning forty without so much as a birthday phone call from that masked man? 
 
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award as well as the California Book Award for Fiction for 2013, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the first year the prize was open to Americans.  She is also the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on the New York Timesbestsellers list for nineteen weeks and was made into a major motion picture.  In addition, her novel Sister Noon was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Consistently acclaimed by critics, most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books and named to many best-of-year lists. 
 
Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: The Four Ms. Bradwells; The Wednesday Sisters; The Language of Light; and The Wednesday Daughters. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio. She is also an avid supporter of independent bookstores and blogs at http://megwaiteclayton.com/1stbooks/.
 
Event date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349
The Jane Austen Book Club Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452286535
Availability: Backordered
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 26th, 2005