Thursday, 7:30 pm EDT April 16, 2020
7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde is turning 20! The bestselling historical novel, which was nominated for a Pulitzer, reimagines the extraordinary life of Marilyn Monroe. Author Jonathan Santlofer will discuss the book’s impact with Joyce Carol Oates.
Illustration by Jonathan Santlofer
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five novels, among them the international bestseller The Death Artist, and the Nero award winning Anatomy of Fear. His memoir The Widower’s Notebook received national acclaim, appeared on several “best books of 2018” lists, and was a featured segment on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Santlofer is editor/creator of six anthologies, including The Dark End of the Street, LA NOIRE: The Collected Stories, and the New York Times notable book It Occurs to Me that I Am America. His short stories have appeared in numerous collections, including The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille, New Jersey Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and In Sunlight or In Shadow, edited by Lawrence Block. He serves on the boards of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers of North America. He is the founder of Crime Fiction Academy at the Center for Fiction, and has taught writing and art at Columbia University, The New School and Pratt Institute. Also a visual artist Santlofer is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy In Rome, the Vermont Studio Center and serves on the board of Yaddo. His most recent novel, The Last Mona Lisa, will be published in fall 2021.
By Joyce Carol Oates
In one of her most ambitious works, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker—the child, the woman, the fated celebrity, and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startlingly intimate and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story of an emblematic American artist—intensely conflicted and driven—who had lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood’s myth and an extraordinary woman’s heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great 20th-century American star.
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