Tuesday, October 20
Join us for a virtual, interactive community class as part of our Poetry & Fiction Reading Series, focused on a discussion of Valeria Luiselli’s best-selling novel, Lost Children Archive. Taught by Peter Filkins, Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, and modeled on his Simon’s Rock Guest Writers class, participants will read Luiselli’s novel ahead of time and meet to discuss the work on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET. This special event is free and is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. All Simon’s Rock families, alumni, and members of the broader community are welcome to register.
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Reading and Q&A with Valeria Luiselli
Thursday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. ET via Zoom
Two nights later, on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET, our Poetry & Fiction Reading Series continues when Luiselli herself will join us live via Zoom to read from her work and participate in a Q&A with audience members. This event is free and open to the public.
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About Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli is the author of the award-winning novels The Story of My Teeth (2015) and Faces in the Crowd (2013), and the collections of essays Sidewalks (2013) and Tell Me How It Ends (2017). Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions was described by the Texas Observer as "the first must-read book of the Trump era" and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2017. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Granta, Harper's, and McSweeney's.
Her most recent novel, Lost Children Archive (Knopf), won the 2020 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. It was a 2019 Kirkus Prize finalist and was long-listed for the Booker Prize, Women’s Prize for Fiction, and Aspen Words Literary Prize, and shortlisted for the Simpson Literary Prize. Luiselli received the 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature and is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim. She teaches at Bard College.