Adam Wilson & Lucy Corin
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
celebrating the release of Adam Wilson's new short story collection
What's Important Is Feeling
from Harper Perennial
Lucy Corin reads from
One Hundred Apocalypses
from McSweeney's Books
In suburban Boston, teenage boys in a garage band fall for the same troubled girl (who happens to be dying of cancer). Bankers prowl the Brooklyn bars on the eve of the stock market crash. Detoxing junkies use a live lobster to spice up their love life—and to feel something, anything, in the wake of their roommate's overdose. Two friends have their first homosexual experience while watching American Idol. And in the title story, selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, two film school buddies working on a doomed project in Texas are left sizing up their own talent, hoping to come out on top—but fearing they won't.
In What's Important Is Feeling, Wilson follows the through-line of contemporary coming-of-age from the ravings of teenage lust to the staggering loneliness of adulthood. His characters wander through a purgatory of yearning, hope, and grief. He navigates the tough terrain of American life with a delicate balance of comedy and compassion, lyricism, and unsparing straightforwardness. "Adam Wilson is a gutsy, funny, and often beautiful writer," Sam Lipsyte wrote of Flatscreen. In What's Important Is Feeling, Wilson's gifts are once again on ample display.
Adam Wilson is the author of the novel Flatscreen, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories, among many other publications. In 2012 he received the Terry Southern Prize, which recognizes "wit, panache, and sprezzatura" in work published by The Paris Review. He teaches creative writing at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.
Lucy Corin is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in journals including American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Conjunctions, and Tin House Magazine, and in anthologies such as Algonquin's New Stories from the South: The Year's Best (1997 and 2003), and The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Narrative. Her novel, Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls was published by FC2 in 2004. She was a Walter E. Dakin fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2006, and Margaret Bridgman Fellow at Bread Loaf in 2008. McSweeney's Books published her short story collection The Entire Predicament in 2007. She's a 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rome Prize. Ms. Corin is an Associate Professor of English at U.C. Davis. Visit: http://lucycorin.com