Comedy in Fiction
Thursday April 11, 2013
Three of the funniest writers we know and one of the funniest moderators explored the idea of comedy in fiction. Fiona Maazel (Woke Up Lonely), Sam Lipsyte (The Fun Parts) and Jim Shepard (You Think That's Bad) was joined by moderator Jason Diamond.
Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance, is winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Bookforum, N+1, the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, and many other publications. She teaches at Brooklyn College, New York University, Princeton, and Columbia, and was appointed the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Maazel lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including most recently Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was nominated for the National Book Award and won the Story Prize, and You Think That’s Bad. His stories have been included in the Best American, PEN/O.Henry, and Pushcart prize anthologies. He teaches at Williams College.
Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collection Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and three novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University. His new short story collection is The Fun Parts.
Jason Diamond is the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill, and writes criticism and essays for the Paris Review, the New York Observer, Tablet, and many other outlets.