“[Davis] blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.” —Dave Eggers
Presented in association with the Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence Program at CalArts
The CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program hosts an intimate evening with MacArthur Fellow and Man Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis, a remarkable writer and a true innovator known for her very short fiction. “Should we simply concur with the official title and dub them stories?” Man Booker International panel chairman Christopher Ricks asks. “Or perhaps miniatures? Anecdotes? Essays? Jokes? Parables? Fables? Texts? Aphorisms, or even apophthegms? Prayers, or perhaps wisdom literature? Or might we settle for observations?” Lydia Davis’ work includes the novel The End of the Story and seven story collections. She has also translated a number of works of French philosophy and literature, most notably Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.
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