Meet Peter Selgin discussing Abandoned Hat Factories: Setting and Atmosphere in Fiction

Books & Books. February 17, 2012. 8:00 p.m.

Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, as well as a novel (Life Goes to the Movies, 2nd place finalist AWP and James Jones First Novel Award), two books on the craft of fiction writing, and two children’s books. His first memoir, Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir, was published by the University of Iowa Press.

A recently completed novel, The Water Master, won this year’s Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Society Award for Best Novel. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of journals, and are included in several anthologies, including Writing Fiction, and Best American Essays 2006. A visual artist as well, his art has appeared in The New Yorker, Gourmet, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, and other publications. He is the prose editor and co-art director of Alimentum, a literary journal devoted to food themed writing. He teaches at Antioch University’s MFA writing program and is currently the Rollins College Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing.

Tonight, Peter will focus specifically on the roles of atmosphere and setting in fiction with a reading that includes selections from various works, including his yet-to-be-published new novel, The Water Master, set in a dying hat factory town in 1963, as well as from 179 Ways to Save a Novel, his book on the craft of fiction writing. The reading will be followed by a Q & A with the author moderated by University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing student Benjamin “Benjy” Caplan. This event is free and open to the public.

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