Visiting Author Series: Reading, Reception, & Q&A With Robin Black

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Visiting Author Series: Reading, Reception, & Q&A With Robin Black
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Lighthouse Writers Workshop says
Robin Black, author of the forthcoming Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide, as well as the novel Life Drawing and short story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this, will give a free reading, reception, and Q&A at Lighthouse from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

This follows her seminar, Paragraphs, Sentences, Fragments, White Space: Toward Unforgettable Prose (, from 2 to 4:30 PM.

Robin Black’s short story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and an O. Magazine Summer Reading Pick. Her debut novel Life Drawing has been called a “magnificent literary achievement,” by Karen Russell; and of Black’s writing Claire Messud has said “(she) is a writer of great wisdom, and illuminates, without undue emphasis, the flickering complexity of individual histories.” Black’s stories and essays have been widely published including in The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Southern Review and One Story. Winner of the 2005 Pirates Alley Faulkner/Wisdom Prize for a Short Story, she was the 2012-13 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bryn Mawr College and has taught most recently in the Brooklyn College MFA Program. Black, who holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, lives with her family in Philadelphia. Her forthcoming book titled CRASH COURSE: 52 Essays From Where Writing and Life Collidewill be out from Engine Books, April, 2016.

Praise for Life Drawing: “The page-turning suspense of Robin Black’s novel comes from her beautiful, honest portrait of a marriage, of a life. . . . A novel of consequence, and a stunning one.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Gripping . . . the power of this story is how it illuminates, in utterly compelling detail, the complex give-and-take of a couple trying to save their marriage.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“Truly brilliant . . . [Black] is that rare writer whose gift for prose is matched by her mastery of the other elements that make a great novel. . . . [Her] psychological prowess and incisive observations lend an edge even to seemingly straightforward scenes.” —Chicago Tribune

“Races to its resolution . . . Black’s writing is clear and direct [with] observations about the way people relate that resonate well after the book is closed.” —The New York Times Book Review
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