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The Center for Fiction Presents Leslie Jamison on Splinters with Mary Karr

Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT February 20, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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We are thrilled to welcome the brilliant Leslie Jamison (The Recovering, The Empathy Exams) to the stage to discuss her first memoir, Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story. In this literary tour de force, Jamison turns her unrivaled powers of perception toward some of the most intimate relationships of her life: her consuming love for her young daughter, a ruptured marriage once swollen with hope, and the shaping legacy of her own parents’ complicated bond. Placing the magical and the mundane side by side, Splinters reckons with the muchness of life and art and grieves the departure of one love even as it celebrates the arrival of another. Masterful memoirist Mary Karr (The Liars’ Club) joins Jamison to discuss literary craft and questions of motherhood, art, and new love. After the conversation, Jamison will sign books.

All tickets include a copy of Splinters.

Splinters cover

In Conversation

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    Leslie Jamison

    Leslie Jamison

    Leslie Jamison is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams; the collection of essays Make It Scream, Make It Burn, a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award; and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She writes for numerous publications including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.

    Photo Credit: Grace Ann Leadbeater

  • Mary Karr

    Mary Karr

    Mary Karr

    Credited with kickstarting a memoir renaissance, Mary Karr has written three: The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. All were New York Times bestsellers, as was The Art of Memoir. She’s received poetry fellowships from the NEA, Radcliffe College, and the Guggenheim. Her five collections include Sinners Welcome and Tropic of Squalor, the latter longlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. Karr is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse.

    Photo Credit: Joe McNalley