By Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College
Feb. 27, 2019: Sarah Lawrence College is delighted to present a faculty reading series at the Bronxville Public Library. Award-winning author and Sarah Lawrence faculty member Joan Silber will launch the series on March 22 at 11:00 am in the library’s Yeager Room.
The writing program at Sarah Lawrence College is nationally recognized and includes a faculty of active and accomplished writers.
“This faculty reading series at the public library is a wonderful opportunity to share the talents of the college’s renowned faculty with the greater community,” said President Cristle Collins Judd.
Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. Her most recent book, Improvement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was listed among the New York Times’ s 100 Notable Books for 2018. The novel revolves around a single mother whose boyfriend enlists her in a scheme to smuggle cigarettes across state lines, and Silber connects these contemporary New York characters with characters from 1970s Turkey.
In her review for the New York Times, Kamila Shamsie writes: “This is a novel of richness and wisdom and huge pleasure. Silber knows, and reveals, how close we live to the abyss, but she also revels in joy, particularly the joy that comes from intimate relationships.”
Silber’s first book, Household Words, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her other works of fiction are In the City, In My Other Life, Lucky Us, Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize, The Size of the World, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction, and Fools, longlisted for the National Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
Silber’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Epoch, Agni, Tin House, The Southern Review, The Colorado Review, and other magazines. She has been the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story; an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; a Guggenheim Fellowship; and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her short fiction has been chosen for the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. She is also the author of The Art of Time in Fiction
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Silber earned a master’s degree from New York University and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 1985.
The Sarah Lawrence Faculty Reading Series at the Bronxville Public Library will feature two programs each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Christine Utchel, head of adult reference, technology and patron services, is coordinating the program for the library.
Book sales and signing will be available after the program courtesy of Womrath Bookshop. No registration is required for this free program. For more information, please contact
or call 914-337-7680, ext. 24.
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