The Art of the Short Story — Daniel Mason on A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth with Daniel Engber
Monday, 7:30 pm EDT June 22, 2020
7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
Daniel Mason’s A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth is a collection of interlaced stories that examine the ecstasy, fear, and loss that characterize our lifelong search for meaning and survival. The bestselling, award-winning author will be interviewed by Daniel Engber on what connects his characters and what he hopes readers gain from the collection, especially during this period of uncertainty.
Daniel Mason is a physician and author of The Piano Tuner (2002), A Far Country (2007), The Winter Soldier (2018), and A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth (2020). His work has been translated into 28 languages, awarded the Northern California Book Award for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize. The Piano Tuner was produced as an opera by Music Theatre Wales, and adapted to the stage by Lifeline Theatre. His short stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All Story and Lapham’s Quarterly; in 2014 he was a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, his research and teaching interests include the subjective experience of mental illness and the influence of literature, history, and culture on the practice of medicine.
Daniel Engber is a senior editor at WIRED, in charge of the Ideas section. He has been a senior editor at Slate and a regular contributor to Radiolab, the New York Times magazine, and Popular Science. He’s a winner of the National Academies of Science Communication Award and a past nominee for the National Magazine Award in Feature Writing and a James Beard Award. He is co-creator of the viral website Crying While Eating.
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth
By Daniel Mason
Published by Little, Brown and Company
On a fateful flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son.
At times funny and irreverent, always moving and deeply urgent, these stories—among them a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize winner—cap a fifteen-year project. From the Nile’s depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-racked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are tales of ecstasy, epiphany, and what the New York Times magazine called the “struggle for survival…hand to hand, word to word,” by “one of the finest prose stylists in American fiction.”
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