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Ottessa Moshfegh on Lapvona with John Waters


Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT June 21, 2022

Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*

Award-winning author Ottessa Moshfegh joins The Center for Fiction for a discussion of her most exciting novel yet. In Lapvona (named a most anticipated book of 2022 by the Millions, Harper’s Bazaar, New York magazine, LitHub, and AV Club) a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle in a village within a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters. In this deliriously quirky tale, the veil between blindness and sight, life and death, the natural world and the spirit world proves to be very thin indeed. Writer, director, actor, and visual artist John Waters will join Moshfegh in conversation.

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Jacket - Claire Fennell

In Conversation

  • OttessaMoshfegh credit Jake Belcher - Claire Fennell

    Ottessa Moshfegh

    Ottessa Moshfegh

    Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Death in Her Hands, her second and third novels, were New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World and a novella, McGlue. She lives in Southern California.

    Photo Credit: Jake Belcher

  • Waters - Author Photo - Gorman

    John Waters

    John Waters

    John Waters is a writer, a film director, an actor, and a visual artist best known for his films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Serial Mom. He is the author of the national bestsellers Role Models, Carsick, and Mr. Know-It-All. His spoken-word shows This Filthy World and A John Waters Christmas continue to be performed around the world. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.