National Book Award Finalist Kate Walbert To Discuss Her Latest Book With Sam Tanenhaus, Former Editor of The New York Times Book Review

October 13, 2015

sunkencathedralwalbertNew York Times bestselling author Kate Walbert will read from and discuss her latest bestseller, “The Sunken Cathedral” with Sam Tanenhaus, former editor of The New York Times Book Review at the Essex Library on Tuesday, October 13th at 7 P.M. The duo is certain to provide a memorable evening of literary conversation.

“The Sunken Cathedral” has earned starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Ron Charles of The Washington Post wrote: “Walbert’s narrative method is a gentle lesson in empathy, a reminder that it’s only artifice and egotism that give us the misimpression that we’re the central protagonist of the life we’re composing.” Library Journal also gave Sunken Cathedral a starred review calling it “An unconventional and unsettling novel with vivid imagery and passages of pure poetry.” “Kate Walbert sees in a manner that exalts the everyday into poetry and gives our deepest desires an unexpected and brilliant expression. She is among our very best writers.” says author Ann Packer.

Kate Walbert is the author of: A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2004; and The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the 2002 Connecticut Book Award in Fiction in 2002. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fiction fellowship and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts fiction fellowship. Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize stories. From 1990 to 2005, she lectured in fiction writing at Yale University. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Sam Tanenhaus was the editor of the New York Times Book Review from 2004 to 2013. He is also a prize-winning author, and his essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Atlantic. He is currently writing a biography of William F. Buckley Jr.

This program is free and open to all though advance registration is suggested for this special event. To register, or for more information, please call the Library at (860) 767-1560.

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