Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lydia Davis at Seattle Arts & Lectures on Nov 4.

Wooo hoooo! Lydia Davis is coming to Seattle to read on Wednesday, November 4th, 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall. Tickets start at $25, less for students and under 25. No senior discount, rats.

Lydia Davis was interviewed by Sarah Manguso for The Believer in the January 2008 issue. The following is from the introduction:

"Her writing defies generic classification. Some of her fiction could just as easily be called essay or poetry. Many of her stories are extremely short. Her narrators are often given a drastically narrow scope but an extremely sharp focus. Their observations might be described as dispassionate—sometimes humorously so—and for this reason the considerable emotional component of Davis’s stories is often subtextual.

Davis works as a translator of French literature and philosophy, and is well known for her translation of Proust’s Du côté de chez Swann, which earned her wide critical acclaim. Her other translations include books by Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Jean Jouve, and Michel Leiris.

She has won many of the major American writing awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship for fiction, and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. She was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. On hiatus from teaching at SUNY Albany, Davis lives and works in upstate New York."

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