Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other collections include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Just As I Thought. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.
Grace Paley: A Celebration
Thursday April 6, 2017
To coincide with the release of A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), we celebrated Paley’s life with just a small selection of her friends and former students. Hilma Wolitzer, Joan Silber, Victoria Redel and A. M. Homes remembered Paley’s life and work, and her influence on their own writing.
Hilma Wolitzer has taught in the writing programs at Columbia University, NYU, The University of Iowa, and at the Bread Loaf Writer's conference. She's received grants and awards from The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent novel is An Available Man.
Victoria Redel is the author of Make Me Do Things (2013, Four Way Books), as well as three previous books of fiction, including the novel The Border of Truth (a 2007 Barnes and Noble Discovery Book). Her novel Loverboy (2001, Graywolf/2002, Harcourt) was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize, chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. She has also written three books of poetry, most recently Woman Without Umbrella (2012, Four Way Books). Redel’s fiction and poetry have been widely anthologized and her work has been translated into five languages. Her second collection of poems, Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award, and her first collection, Already the World, won the Tom and Stan Wick Award. Redel is a professor at Sarah Lawrence College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for The Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her latest novel, Before Everything, will be published in June by Viking.
A.M. Homes was born in Washington D.C., educated at Sarah Lawrence College, and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She is author of the novels: This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack; as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects; the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill; and the artist's book, Appendix A: . Homes' most recent novel, May We Be Forgiven, won the prestigious 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize) and her memoir, The Mistress's Daughter — the story of being "found" by her biological family and a literary exploration and investigation of identity, adoption and genealogical ties that bind — was published to international acclaim.
Her work has been translated into twenty-two languages and she writes frequently on the arts for publications such as Art Forum, Granta, McSweeney's, The New Yorker and the New York Times. She is a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair, BOMB and Blind Spot.
Homes has been the recipient of numerous awards including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, along with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. In addition, Homes is active in the literary and TV/film community as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Yaddo, the WGAE Council and on the Boards of Directors of The New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets and Writers and The Elizabeth Dance Company and as advisor to The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives in New York City.