VIRTUAL: Pamela Painter in conversation with Virginia Pye

Please join us as Pamela Painter discusses her latest work, Fabrications: New and Selected Stories, with author Virginia Pye! Click here to register for this Zoom webinar.

About Fabrications:

Pamela Painter's short stories have been praised by Margot Livesey for their "wicked intelligence and ruthless humor." In Fabrications, which brings together 7 new and 24 selected stories, characters struggle to avoid the chaos in their lives, but--driven by addictions and appetites--often bring on disaster.

Nobody is ordinary in Painter's stories. A burglar can't believe what he is asked to do by the woman whose jewelry he is stealing. Hitchhikers, hell-bent on murder, are thwarted by the miracle of story-telling. A wife can make rooms--and her husband--disappear, but saves the family dog. A young woman insists on the romance of being married in an Elvis Presley chapel, but for the wrong reasons. Children play the game "my family is more fucked up than your family," and a Vietnam vet teaches his son how to breathe under water.

Writing in the New York Times, Alida Becker called Painter's ability to get inside a host of different characters a "virtuoso performance, graceful and brave and full of feeling." Fabrications is a testament to Painter's lyric skill and psychological insight across her career.

Pamela Painter is the author of four short story collections: The Long and Short of It, Wouldn't You Like to Know, Ways to Spend the Night, and Getting to Know the Weather. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sewanee Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Emerson College.

About Shelf Life of Happiness:

In these bittersweet, compelling stories, Virginia Pye's characters in Shelf Life of Happiness long for that most-elusive of states: happiness. A young skateboarder reaches across an awesome gap to reconnect with his disapproving father; an elderly painter executes one final, violent gesture to memorialize his work; a newly married writer battles the urge to implode his happy marriage; and a confused young man falls for his best friend's bride and finally learns to love. In each case, Pye's characters aim to be better people as they strive for happiness--and some even reap the sweet reward of achieving it.

Virginia Pye’s collection, Shelf Life of Happiness, won the 2019 Independent Publisher Gold Medal award for Short Fiction, and one of the stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of two award-winning novels, River of Dust and Dreams of the Red Phoenix. She has taught writing at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania and most recently at Grub Street. She grew up in Belmont and now lives with her husband in Cambridge.

 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Fabrications: New and Selected Stories (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781421438924
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - November 1st, 2020

Pamela Painter's short stories have been praised by Margot Livesey for their "wicked intelligence and ruthless humor." In Fabrications, which brings together 7 new and 24 selected stories, characters struggle to avoid the chaos in their lives, but--driven by addictions and appetites--often bring on disaster. Nobody is ordinary in Painter's stories.


Shelf Life of Happiness Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781941209820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Press 53 - October 23rd, 2018

In these bittersweet, compelling stories, Virginia Pye's characters in Shelf Life of Happiness long for that most-elusive of states: happiness.


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