Celebrating The Stories of John Cheever with Susan Minot, Rick Moody and Elizabeth Strout
Thursday May 31, 2012
The Center for Fiction and The Story Prize have joined forces to present a celebration of The Stories of John Cheever to mark the centennial of the author’s birth. Writers Susan Minot, Rick Moody, and Elizabeth Strout read from and talked
about a favorite Cheever
story, touching on his influence and the lasting impact of his work.
This was followed by a panel discussion, led by Story Prize Director Larry Dark. Rick Moody read from "The Jewels of the Cabots," Elizabeth Strout read from "The Worm in the Apple," and Susan Minot read from "The Sorrows of Gin."
Elizabeth Strout is the author most recently of the Pultizer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge, which was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of Abide With Me, a Book Sense Pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the L.A. Times Book Award for Fiction and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and also the Orange Prize, in England. She lives in New York City.
Susan Minot grew up in Manchester, Massachusetts. She is the author of Monkeys, Lust & Other Stories, Folly, Evening, Rapture, and the poetry collection, Poems 4 A.M. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Kenyon Review and most recently the O. Henry Prize Stories 2011 and this winter issue of Granta #118. Nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney's, and Vogue. She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, and Evening was the first film adaptation of her fiction. She is just finishing a novel after way too long.
Rick Moody is the author of five novels, three collections of stories, a memoir (The Black Veil), and, most recently, a collection of essays, On Celestial Music. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Le Monde, and elsewhere. He has been widely anthologized. He also writes songs and plays in The Wingdale Community Singers. He teaches at New York University and Yale.
The Story Prize is an annual book award for short story collections, established in 2004, that aims to promote the short story form. Director Larry Dark has edited and introduced ten literary anthologies, including six volumes of Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, as series editor.