Writers Reading/Reading Writers

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Téa Obreht at the NMHM, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Literary Arts Program at SAR, funded by the Lannan Foundation, features literary conversations each fall and spring organized around the theme “Writers Reading/ Reading Writers,” through which notable creative writers read from their own work and discuss with the audience selections from writers who have been most influential in their own careers.

Through this partnership, SAR was honored to welcome two important young writers whose work is shaking up the literary world: Téa Obreht and Alan Heathcock.

Téa Obreht

Author of the National Book Award Finalist and Orange Prize–winning The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht read from her novel to a packed house at the New Mexico History Museum on April 17, 2012. She also told many stories from her native Serbia that weave through the book’s pages. The Eastern European atmosphere was enhanced by a performance by Rumelia, a group of three Santa Fe women who are putting a new spin on music from the Balkans.

Writers Reading/Reading Writers with Téa Obreht, April 17, 2012.

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Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. The Tiger’s Wife is a 2011 New York Times best seller. Obreht has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35.

Alan Heathcock

Alan Heathcock“Writers Reading/Reading Writers” October 11, 2011
Alan Heathcock“Writers Reading/Reading Writers” October 11, 2011
Alan Heathcock“Writers Reading/Reading Writers” October 11, 2011

Click here for a video of Obreht’s presentation and to hear Rumelia.

Alan Heathcock

On October 11, 2011, Idaho Literature Fellow Alan Heathcock captivated his SAR audience with readings from his recent collection of short stories, Volt, which was named by Publishers Weekly as a “debut to watch in 2011.”

Heathcock’s fiction has been published in many of America’s top magazines and journals, including Zoetrope: All-Story, Kenyon Review, and The Harvard Review. His stories have won the National Magazine Award in fiction and have been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology. Volt, a collection of stories published by Graywolf Press, was a Best Book 2011 selection in numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQ, Publishers Weekly, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It was named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, selected as a Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month, and included in the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. Heathcock has won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and is currently a Literature Fellow for the state of Idaho. A native of Chicago, he teaches fiction writing at Boise State University.

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