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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT February 26, 2020
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How do the power structures that surround us affect our ability to survive and make art? Writers Teddy Wayne and Adrienne Miller unpack the ways class and masculinity intersect in Wayne’s novel, Apartment and Miller’s memoir In the Land of Men. An audience Q&A, signing to following, and cash bar reception to follow panel discussion.
Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Apartment, Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A regular contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker, and McSweeney’s, he has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently adapting Loner and The Love Song of Jonny Valentine into series for HBO and MGM Television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the writer Kate Greathead, and their son.
Adrienne Miller was the literary and fiction editor of Esquire from 1997 through 2006. She is the author of the novel The Coast of Akron, and has taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Bryn Mawr. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and Italian greyhound.
By Teddy Wayne
Published by Bloomsbury
In 1996, the unnamed narrator of Teddy Wayne’s Apartment is attending the MFA writing program at Columbia on his father’s dime and living in an illegal sublet of a rent-stabilized apartment. Feeling guilty about his good fortune, he offers his spare bedroom–rent-free–to Billy, a talented, charismatic classmate from the Midwest eking out a hand-to-mouth existence in Manhattan.
The narrator’s rapport with Billy develops into the friendship he’s never had due to a lifetime of holding people at arm’s length, hovering at the periphery, feeling “fundamentally defective.” But their living arrangement, not to mention their radically different upbringings, breeds tensions neither man could predict. Interrogating the origins of our contemporary political divide and its ties to masculinity and class, Apartment is a gutting portrait of one of New York’s many lost, disconnected souls by a writer with an uncommon aptitude for embodying them.
In the Land of Men
By Adrienne Miller
Published by Ecco
Adrienne Miller was a naïve twenty-two-year-old from the Midwest when she got a lucky break and was hired as an editorial assistant at GQ. The mid-nineties was still the golden age of print journalism, and a publication like GQ then seemed the red-hot center of the literary world, even if its sensibilities were manifestly mid-century—the martinis, the male egos, and the unquestioned authority of kings. Still, Miller learned to hold her own in a man’s world, and three years later, she forged her own path, becoming the first woman to hold the role of literary editor of Esquire.
She was at Esquire during a unique moment in history that simultaneously saw the last days of the old guard of literary titans and the rise of a new movement, as exemplified by McSweeney’s and by David Foster Wallace. Through Miller’s work as his editor at the magazine, Wallace would become her closest friend, confidant—and antagonist. Here is the untold story of an intellectual and artistic exchange that grew into a highly charged relationship between a young woman finding her voice and one of the most prominent writers of the era. This is a candid portrait of the mercurial man behind the spotlight, and an account of the shrouded literary world, which asks the question: How does a young woman fit into this culture and at what cost? With wit and deep intelligence, Miller presents a moving portrayal of a young woman’s education in a land of men..
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