Conversations with Authors - Claire Messud (Virtual Event)

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 4:00pm

Saturday, October 24th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Claire Messud

in conversation with Sheila Heti


Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.

 

A note from Claire:

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us for my conversation with Sheila Heti on Saturday. I’m very grateful to Book Passage for the opportunity, and for its wonderful existence in the world. Independent bookstores have been a lifeline and a godsend in these challenging months, and they need our support more than ever. I was so thrilled to have the chance to talk with the amazing Sheila Heti—whom I first met on a flight to Australia, now many years ago, and whose brilliance on the page and in person have captivated me since longer ago still — I read How Should a Person Be? when it first appeared, and have been a fan ever since. The only thing better than our time together on Saturday would have been to be with Sheila and all of you in real life.

There are so many amazing books I’d love recommend to you. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to read Sheila Heti’s remarkable novels Motherhood, How Should a Person Be?, and Ticknor.

And here are a few contemporary books of essays that are dear to my heart…

And a few recent novels and books of stories I’ve loved…

And a few unforgettable recent books of poetry…

And in case you didn’t know about it, just published, a last book of poems from our beloved and mourned Eavan Boland, The Historians, which I myself cannot wait to read.

How grateful we all are to books, more than ever in these hard times; and especially grateful to independent bookstores and to Book Passage in particular, for creating a precious community space for talking about books and ideas. Thank you all again for being with me and Sheila on Saturday!

Regards,
—Claire


Claire Messud‘s latest release, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, opens a window on her own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature.

Claire is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of six works of fiction including The Burning Girl, The Emperor’s Children, and The Woman Upstairs. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

Sheila Heti is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Motherhood; chosen by the book critics at the New York Times as one of their top books of 2018, and by New York magazine as the best book of the year; How Should a Person Be?, named one of the 12 “New Classics of the 21st Century” by Vulture, as well as a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year in The New Yorker, and cited by Time as “one of the most talked-about books of the year"; and Ticknor; as well as the story collection, The Middle Stories. She was named one of “The New Vanguard” by the New York Times; a list of fifteen women writers from around the world who are “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.” Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

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Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324006756
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

Motherhood: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250214782
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250032447
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Published: Picador - June 25th, 2013

Ticknor: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312426637
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Published: Picador - March 20th, 2007

Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate (Page-Barbour Lectures) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780813944661
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Published: University of Virginia Press - September 8th, 2020

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307946430
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Published: Vintage - September 20th, 2011

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

The Shadow King: A Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358513
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2020

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374102098
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2020

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Vertigo & Ghost: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393541861
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 15th, 2021

Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781101911204
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - November 21st, 2017

Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

The Historians: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324006879
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2020

The Burning Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356052
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

The Emperor's Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307276667
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2007

The Woman Upstairs (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307743763
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2014

When the World Was Steady: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355093
Availability: Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2017

The Middle Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936365906
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: McSweeney's - March 27th, 2012