Mothers on the Verge

Thursday May 24, 2012
07:00 pm

Tags: Event

This event featured an interactive reading and discussion with novelists Leora Skolkin-Smith, Jessica Keener and Caroline Leavitt on the theme of Mothers on the Verge.


Leora Skolkin-Smith’s first published novel, Edges was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley's own imprint at Glad Day books. Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award by Grace Paley. The Fragile Mistress, a feature film based on Edges, is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin shooting on location in Jerusalem, Jordan, and New York, produced by Triboro Pictures, directed by Michael Gunther. Articles by Leora Skolkin-Smith have appeared in The Washington Post, Psychology Today,  “Critical Mass”, “”, and the Quarterly Review. Excerpts from Hystera were first published by Persea Books, and appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. Recent publications include a piece from The Fragile Mistress, which appeared in Guernica Magazine in 2010.


Jessica Keener’s fiction has been listed in The Pushcart Prize under “Outstanding Writers.” Her stories and novel excerpts have appeared in numerous literary magazines, most recently: Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Night Train, Wilderness House Literary Review and The Huffington Post. Writing awards include: a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant Program, a Joan Jakobson Scholarship from Wesleyan Writers Conference; a Chekhov Prize for Excellence in Fiction by the editors of Wilderness House Literary Review; and second prize in Redbook magazine’s fiction contest. For more than a dozen years she has been a features writer for The Boston Globe, Design New England, O, the Oprah magazine and other national magazines. Night Swim is her debut novel.


Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Pictures of You, which was on the Best Books of 2011 Lists from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine and one of the top five best books on love and the family from Kirkus Reviews, as well as being a Costco Pennie's Pick and a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick. She is also the author of eight other novels including Girls in Trouble, Family, Meeting Rozzy Halfway, Coming Back to Me, and more. A New York Foundation of the Arts in Fiction Fellowship recipient, she is also a National Magazine Award nominee, A Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellowship Finalist, and a Goldenberg Fiction Prize award winner. A book critic for the Boston Globe and People Magazine, she has online book columns at Dame Magazine and Shoptopia. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, the New York Times, and more. She is an award-winning senior writing instructor at UCLA Writers Program online and mentors writers privately. Leavitt lives with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their son Max in Hoboken, NJ. She can be reached at her website.