Fiction writer Antrim to read here today

Fiction writer Donald Antrim will read from his work at 4 p.m. April 16 for The Writing Program in Arts & Sciences.

The reading is free and open to the public and will take place in Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall, Room 201. A reception will follow.

Antrim has published three novels: Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World; The Hundred Brothers, a finalist for the 1998 Pen/Faulkner Award; and most recently, The Verificationist.

Over the past year, he has published a series of memoir pieces in The New Yorker, exploring his relationship with his mother, who died in 2000.

“Not since the late Donald Barthelme have we had such a pitch-perfect surrealizing of domestic American life,” Sven Birkerts wrote in Esquire magazine. “Antrim’s art is to render the uncanny as if it were the canny.”

Antrim has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was a 2002-03 fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

In 1999, The New Yorker named him one of “the 20 writers for the 21st century.”

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