A Retreat for Writers
Tuesday February 15, 2011
Edmund White, Zadie Smith, Gary Shteyngart, Colm Tóibín, Mary Gaitskill, Andrew Sean Greer, and Michael Cunningham came together to celebrate their experiences at the incomparable Gregor von Rezzori and Beatrice Monti della Corte Retreat for Writers located in the idyllic Tuscan countryside.
Organized in partnership with The Santa Maddalena Foundation.
Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall. He lives in New York.
Mary Gaitskill is the author of Don’t Cry, Because They Wanted To (nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award) and the novel Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Veronica was nominated for the National Book Award. Gaitskill is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, the story collection How it Was for Me, and the novel, The Path of Minor Planets. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Gary Shteyngart's debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Super Sad True Love Story is his latest novel.
Zadie Smith’s first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. She is also the author of The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind.
Colm Tóibín is the author of four novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. His latest book is The Empty Family: Stories. He lives in Dublin.
An esteemed novelist and cultural critic, Edmund White is the author of many books, including the autobiographical novel A Boy’s Own Story; a biography of poet Arthur Rimbaud; a previous memoir, My Lives, and most recently, City Boy, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. White lives in New York City and teaches writing at Princeton University.