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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Joanna Scott to Read at Bard College on Monday, April 1

Darren O'Sullivan
Joanna Scott
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, April 1, Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner finalist Joanna Scott will read from her work at Bard College. “Scott’s prose is sensitive and beautifully crafted . . . Her characters are both eminently human and touched with magic and mystery,” says the Washington Post Book World. Scott will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature and writing professor Mary Caponegro. Presented by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, the reading takes place at 7:00 p.m. in the Reem-Kayden Center’s László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. Books by Joanna Scott will be available for sale, courtesy of Oblong Books & Music.

Exploring subjects ranging from beauty and temptation to the motion of thought and the elusive potential of the imagination, Joanna Scott’s publications include Various Antidotes: Stories and the novel Arrogance, both PEN/Faulkner finalists; The Manikin, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and Follow Me, a New York Times Notable Book. Her most recent novels are Careers for Women (2017) and De Potter's Grand Tour (2014). Scott has written about modern and contemporary authors including Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, W. G. Sebald, Maureen Howard, William Gass, and J.M. Coetzee. Her play, Speakeasy, was produced by the Todd Theater Troupe at La MaMa and toured fringe festivals around the world. Scott founded and directs The Inspiration Project, a volunteer literacy program for adults with developmental disabilities. She is a founding board member of the literary press Open Letter, and she is a contributing editor of Bard’s literary journal, Conjunctions, which published her story “Infidels” in the Fall 2018 issue, Conjunctions:71, A Cabinet of Curiosity.

Scott received her master’s degree from Brown University and has taught creative writing at Brown, the University of Maryland, and Princeton University; she is currently the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester. Scott is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ambassador Book Award from the English-Speaking Union, and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For more information about the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, please call 845-758-7054, email, or visit
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This event was last updated on 03-27-2019