Dawn Raffel: The Secret Life of Objects

Wednesday June 13, 2012
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


The Secret Life of Objects is an illustrated life story, as revealed by the author’s everyday possessions. A teacup, a watch, old earrings, a lock of hair, and other simple belongings open a world of memory and desire. This is Dawn Raffel’s first nonfiction book.


Acclaimed choreographer and director Birgitta Trommler staged this event as dramatic installations throughout The Center for Fiction's eight-story building. Trommler has collaborated with Philip Glass and Oscar-winning movie director Caroline Linke, and is currently working on the 13th Munich Biennale, International Festival for New Music Theatre. With Noreen Tomassi and Jane Alexander, Trommler staged "What of the Night," a play based on the writing of Djuna Banres, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York.  


Dawn Raffel’s previous books include two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division, and a novel, Carrying the Body. Her fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON, The Antioch Review, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Montreal; she'll teach in Vilnius, Lithuania this summer. She is the books editor at Reader’s Digest, and the web editor and editor of The Literarian at The Center for Fiction.