Novelist Kirshenbaum visits campus for talk and reading March 16-17

4:26:40 PM CDT - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum, the author of two story collections and five novels, will be on campus March 16-17 to speak on narrative theory and read from her fiction.

Kirshenbaum, who teaches in Columbia University's master of fine arts program and in the New York State Writers Institute, will speak on narrative theory at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in 314 Rhatigan Student Center. She will read from her works during a free event at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at 107 Devlin Hall.

Her story collections are "Married Life and Other True Adventures" (1990) and "On Mermaid Avenue" (1992). Her novels are "An Almost Perfect Moment" (2004), "Hester Among the Ruins" (2002), "Pure Poetry" (2000), "History on a Personal Note" (1995) and "A Disturbance in One Place" (1994).

She's garnered enthusiastic comments from fellow writers. Maureen Howard describes Kirshenbaum as "a novelist of enormous cultural reach." Richard Howard says she's "indeed a humorist, even a comedian, a sort of stand-up tragic." Norman Mailer says, "Not many female novelists can deal with sex, the appetite for it, and the loss of such appetite with as much candor, lack of self-protection and humors as Binnie Kirshenbaum."

Her visit is sponsored by the English department.

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