Friday, April 20, 2012

Chaon and Murakami Discussion

Join us Thursday, April 26 for the next edition of Book Club for Writers, in which we read and discuss short stories with a particular focus on questions of writing and craft. This month, we will discuss "Big Me" by Dan Chaon and "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning" by Haruki Murakami.

The discussion will be held at 7:00 PM at library, and is free and open to all. Copies of the stories are available at the library.

Dan Chaon is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories, most recently Stay Awake (2012). His short stories have won the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been selected for Best American Short Stories anthologies. His collection Among the Missing, which includes "Big Me," was a finalist for the National Book Award. He teaches creative writing at Oberlin College.

Haruki Murakami is the winner of such international literary awards as the Franz Kafka Prize, the Jerusalem Prize, and the International Catalunya Prize. Perhaps the best-known in the West of living Japanese writers, Murakami is the author of such novels as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, A Wild Sheep Chase, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. His most recent novel, 1Q84, was a sensation in Japan, where it was published in three volumes, and an international phenomenon when published in English last year. He is widely considered, as described in The Guardian, as "among the world's greatest living novelists."

Book Club for Writers is a fiction discussion group that meets four times a year. It was created by the New Hampshire Writers' Project and is sponsored locally by a fiction writing group that meets weekly at the Haverhill Corner Library. The summer edition will be held on Thursday, July 26 and will feature "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs and "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.

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