Wellesley College's Spring 2013 Distinguished Writers Series continues Tuesday, February 26 at 4:30 PM with authors Don Lee and Stephanie Reents. The reading will take place in the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, Green Hall 239. The reading is free and open to the public.
Don Lee will read from The Collective. The book, which has been called "a modern classic in the making," explores ethnicity and art, and questions whether the dream of becoming an artist is worth the sacrifice.
The Collective won the 2013 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature from the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Lee lived in Cambridge for many years and was the editor of the literary journal Ploughshares (it's worth noting that some of the book takes place in nearby towns including Sudbury and Cambridge). He is now the director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Lee is also the author of the novels Wrack and Ruin and Country of Origin, and the story collection Yellow. He has received an American Book Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Fred R. Brown Literary Award.
Read an excerpt of The Collective: http://www.don-lee.com/the-collective/excerpt.html.
Stephanie Reents will read from The Kissing List. The book features 12 interlocking stories following a group of women as their lives connect, first during a year abroad at Oxford, then later as they move to New York.
Reeents' writing has been included in the O. Henry Prize Stories, noted in Best American Short Stories, and has appeared in numerous journals, including Epoch. She has also been a Bread Loaf Conference Scholar, a Stegner Fellow, and Rhodes scholar.
Read the first chapter of The Kissing List: http://www.scribd.com/doc/87258755/The-Kissing-List-by-Stephanie-Reents-Excerpt#.USORplo6WnA
This is the second reading in The Spring 2013 Series. Author Junot Diaz visited Wellesley on February 12, video of his reading is now available on the College's YouTube Channel. Please be forewarned, the reading contained some mature language.