Stacey D'Erasmo
Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 7:00 pm

reading from
The Sky Below
published by Houghton Mifflin

In THE SKY BELOW, we meet Gabriel Collins, a halfhearted obituary writer at a fading newspaper, with a boyfriend, a crazy best friend, and a part-time gig ghostwriting novels about a spunky group of women in jeopardy.  When Gabriel is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he flees to Mexico and begins to undergo a mysterious, painful—and quite possibly hallucinatory—transformation. THE SKY BELOW updates and transforms a classic by Ovid, and paints a spectacular and moving portrait of a man who picks a strange time to grow up

Stacey D'Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); and A Seahorse Year, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsday, and won a Lambda Literary Award. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction from 1995-1997. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Ploughshares. She is currently an assistant professor of writing at Columbia University.