In Conversation: Laura Furman and Lily Tuck
Tuesday November 8, 2011
Lily Tuck (I Married You for Happiness) and Laura Furman (The Mother Who Stayed) read from their new books and then discussed their writing.
Lily Tuck is the author of four previous novels: Interviewing Matisse, The Woman Who Walked on Water, Siam, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The News from Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award. She is also the author of a collection of stories Limbo, and Other Places I have Lived and a biography, Woman of Rome, A Life of Elsa Morante which won the Premio Elsa Morante.
Laura Furman was born in New York, and educated in New York City public schools and at Bennington College. Her first story appeared in The New Yorker in 1976, and since then her work has appeared in many magazines, including Yale Review, Southwest Review, Ploughshares, and The American Scholar. Her books include three collections of short stories, two novels, and a memoir. She’s the recipient of fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, Dobie Paisano Project, Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Series Editor of The PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories since 2002, she selects the twenty winning stories each year. She taught for many years at the University of Texas at Austin.