Writers Read Knausgaard
Led by: Roxana Robinson, Pamela Erens, Matthew Thomas, Ed Park and Rebecca Mead
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Meets: Monthly, Wednesdays
Dates: 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 4/19, 5/17
Volume 1, January 25 led by Roxana Robinson
Volume 2, February 22 led by Pamela Erens
Volume 3, March 29 led by Matthew Thomas
Volume 4, April 19 led by Ed Park
Volume 5, May 17 led by Rebecca Mead
Since the first volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s sprawling work appeared in English in 2012, the series has garnered wide acclaim from critics and attracted a passionate following among readers. “My Struggle” has also been notably embraced and celebrated by Knausgaard’s fellow novelists. Rachel Cusk called it “perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times.” Beyond its vast length and digressive structure, “My Struggle” presents a number of challenges to the reader, blurring the line between fact and fiction, questioning our ideas about what subjects are suitable for fiction, and pushing the boundary where revelatory introspection ends and self-absorption begins.
With all of that in mind, we invite you to join a special reading group devoted to this unique work. Once a month, from January to May, the group will meet to consider, in sequence, the five volumes so far translated into English. Each discussion will be led by a distinguished novelist. Whether you are a first-time reader of “My Struggle” or a devoted Knausgaardian, this group will provide a rewarding forum for debate, insight, and new discoveries.
Roxana Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels, including Cost; three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BookForum, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. She teaches in the Hunter MFA Program and divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and Maine. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation and is the President of the Authors’ Guild.
Pamela Erens is the author of the novels The Virgins, The Understory, and, most recently, Eleven Hours. She has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Eleven Hours was named a Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus, NPR, Literary Hub, and The New Yorker. Reader’s Digest designated Erens one of “23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now.”
Matthew Thomas's New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Folio Prize; named a Notable Book of the year by the New York Times; named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple, and others; and named one of Janet Maslin’s ten favorite books of the year in the New York Times.
Ed Park is Executive Editor of Penguin Press. He was a founding editor of The Believer magazine and was an editor at The Village Voice, The Poetry Foundation, and Little A. He is the author of the novel Personal Days, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bookforum, The Criterion Collection, and many other places.
Rebecca Mead is the author of My Life In Middlemarch and One Perfect Day. She has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1997.