Three Authors Reading from New Anthology
We welcome Kate Carroll De Gutes, Mat Johnson, and Sallie Tisdale to the store at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 4th, to read from the newly published anthology Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents, edited by Lise Funderburg and published by the University of Nebraska Press.
In this new collection, twenty-five authors – including Ann Patchett, Daniel Mendelsohn, Jane Hamilton, and S. Bear Bergman – deftly explore a trait they’ve inherited from a parent, reflecting on how it affects the lives they lead today and how it shifts their relationship to that parent (sometimes posthumously) and to their sense of self. Together, their essays form a prismatic meditation on how we make fresh sense of ourselves and our parents when we see the pieces of them that live on in us.
Kate Carroll De Gutes is the author of two memoirs: Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear and The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons from the Best and Worst Year of My Life. She is the recipient of both the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Lambda Literary Award. Mat Johnson is a professor at the University of Oregon and the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem. He is the recipient of the American Book Award, the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Sallie Tisdale has written nine books, including most recently Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them). Her collection of essays, Violation, was published in 2015 by Hawthorne Books. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Regional Arts and Culture Council Literary Fellowship.
The editor and mastermind of this collection is Lise Funderburg, a writer and editor and a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Her latest book is Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home. She was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Reed College in Portland.