Thursday, May 23rd: Joan Silber & Stacey D’Erasmo

Joan Silber & Stacey D’Erasmo
Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton St., Brooklyn)

National Book Award finalist (and Greenlight favorite) Joan Silber is a writer’s writer, praised by luminaries including Amy Bloom, Jim Shepard, and Edmund White, as well as critics and scholars. Her new collection of interconnected stories, FOOLS, is an exploration of the ideas people live for, ranging from New York to India to Paris, from the Catholic Worker movement to Occupy Wall Street. Whether they’re fools for love, fools for religious faith, or fools for money or status, in the end the characters in this enlightening collection face the consequences of their beliefs. Silber discusses her work this evening with Stacey D’Erasmo (author of THE SKY BELOW), who writes of FOOLS, “Joan Silber is one of the wisest, finest, most capacious observers of the human condition writing now. We should all be as heartbreakingly foolish and beautiful as the characters in this collection. Silber understands them inside out, and brings them close to us, as no one else can.”

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