In Conversation: Meredith Maran & Alix Strauss
Thursday February 16, 2012
Authors Meredith Maran (A Theory of Small Earthquakes) and Alix Strauss (Based Upon Availability) read from their new books and discussed their writing, and the idea of the unsympathetic female protagonist.
Meredith Maran is an award-winning journalist and essayist who writes for magazines including Salon, More, The British Guardian, and Ladies Home Journal. She reviews books for People, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe, and is the author of ten nonfiction books including Dirty and What It's Like to Live Now. A Theory of Small Earthquakes is her first novel, unlikely to be her last. She lives in Oakland with her wife.
A media savvy social satirist, Alix Strauss has been a featured lifestyle and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and most recently, The Today Show. Her articles, which have appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Self, Esquire, and Departures (among others), cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews. She is the author of the award winning short story collection, The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin's Press), and the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You (Adams Media), an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories. Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious and her second novel Based Upon Availability, were released in 2009 and 2010 by Harper Collins. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from programs such as the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Skidmore College Writerʼs Institute, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program, and the Squaw Valleyʼs Screenwritersʼ Summer Program.