Acclaimed authors Lynne Tillman and Edmund White will read from their works at New York University’s Fales Library, 3rd floor of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, on Thursday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; for further information, the public may call (212) 998-2596.
In 1983 Tillman and White read together to promote their new books Haunted Houses and A Boy’s Own Story respectively. These books about growing up in contemporary America have become modern classics. Tillman’s postmodern novel follows the lives of three young women who confront and learn to negotiate the harsh world ruled by men and men’s language. White’s novel charts the development of a young gay man’s recognition of his homosexuality and became the seminal coming-out narrative for a whole generation of gay men.
Tillman’s most recent novel is No Lease on Life, a National Book Critics Circle Finalist in 1998. She is also the author of two fiction collections and several works of non-fiction, including, most recently, Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.
White is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent work is Marcel Proust: A Penguin Life (1999) and the forthcoming novel The Married Man (Knopf). In 1999 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1997 a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994 for his biography, Genet. Currently he is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University.