Tuesday, 7:00 pm EST November 16, 2021
Online via Zoom & at
The Center for Fiction*
All registrants will receive a copy of Five Tuesdays in Winter and a link to livestream the event. In-person* ticketholders will receive their books at the event check-in.
New York Times bestselling author, Lily King, (Writers & Lovers) joins celebrated author Kate Walbert (She Was Like That) in conversation to discuss her new collection of short stories: Five Tuesdays in Winter. The collection explores discovery, desire, and loss through several different characters. The two authors will examine the form of the short story through King’s work, seeking to understand the power of character, honesty, and love.
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Lily King is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including, most recently, Writers & Lovers and Euphoria. Her work has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Kirkus Prize, the New England Book Award for Fiction, the Maine Book Award for Fiction, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Photo Credit: Winky Lewis
Kate Walbert is the author of five novels and two story collections, most recently She Was Like That, longlisted for the Story Prize and a New York Times Notable Book of 2019. Her novel, Our Kind, was a finalist for the National Book Award; her novel A Short History of Women, which she is currently adapting for the stage, was a New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of the Year and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in New York City.
Photo Credit: Deborah Donenfeld
Five Tuesdays in Winter
By Lily King
Published by Grove Press
With Writers & Lovers and Euphoria, Lily King’s books catapulted onto bestseller and best-of-the-year lists across the country and established her as one of our most “brilliant” (New York Times Book Review), “wildly talented” (Chicago Tribune), and beloved authors in contemporary fiction. Now, Five Tuesdays in Winter collects, for the first time ever, ten of King’s finest short stories–half published in leading literary magazines and half brand new–opening fresh realms of discovery for avid and new readers alike.
Told in the intimate voices of uniquely endearing characters of all ages, these tales explore desire and heartache, loss and discovery, moments of jolting violence and the inexorable tug toward love at all costs. A bookseller’s unspoken love for his employee rises to the surface, a neglected teenage boy finds much-needed nurturing from an unlikely pair of college students hired to housesit, a girl’s loss of innocence at the hands of her employer’s son becomes a catalyst for strength and confidence, and a proud nonagenarian rages helplessly in his granddaughter’s hospital room. A German mother and her teenage daughter vacation on the North Sea, attempting to escape the loss they have suffered, a middle-aged gay man reunites with his college roommate, the object of his unrequited desire all those years ago, and in one story, slipping slyly into the surreal, a mysterious man appears at the door, interrupting a young mother at work on her secret, unfinished novel. Romantic, hopeful, brutally raw, and unsparingly honest, these stories are, above all, about King’s enduring subject of love.
Five Tuesdays in Winter showcases an exhilarating new form for this gifted author known for her candor, wit and profound, yet completely unsentimental wisdom. This is Lily King writing at the height of her career.
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