January 15, 2012: Writers & Books for the New Year!

Sunday Salon is celebrating the new year with new books! Join us in welcoming four writers who’ll transport you to wondrous, urgent places. At Jimmys 43.

Called “disturbing, edgy and provocative” by Book Magazine, Terese Svoboda’s work is often the surreal poetry of a nightmare yet is written with such wit, verve and passion that she can address the direst subject. “She will, of course, compared to Willa Cather — and deservedly so,” wrote Kurt Andersen of her most recent novel, Bohemian Girl. A “fabulous fabulist” according to Publisher’s Weekly, Vogue lauded her first novel, Cannibal, as a female Heart of Darkness. “Astounding!” wrote the New York Post about her memoir Black Glasses Like Clark Kent. The author of thirteen books of poetry, prose, and memoir, Svoboda is also the recipient of the Bobst Prize (for Cannibal), the Iowa Prize for poetry, and the O. Henry Award for the short story. Svoboda’s work has been selected for the “Writer’s Choice” column in the New York Times Book Review, a SPIN magazine book of the year, and one of the Voice Literary Supplement’s ten best reads. Her opera WET premiered at L.A.’s Disney Hall in 2005. The Times Literary Supplement, Paris Review, New Yorker, Ploughshares, Narrative, Slate, One Story, and Tin House have published her work. Svoboda has taught at Columbia’s School of the Arts, Bennington, the New School, Sarah Lawrence, Williams, Davidson College, the College of William and Mary, the Universities of Hawaii and Miami, Fairleigh Dickinson, and elsewhere.

Paul Kerschen‘s virtuosic debut dives into mythologies from around the world and brings back strange treasure. The Drowned Library is in a class all its own, and introduces a remarkable new writer. Paul Kerschen was born in 1978 and grew up in Tucson. He is a graduate of Stanford, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of California-Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in English literature. His writing has appeared in the Southern Review and the Quarterly Conversation, and has won awards including an Iowa Arts Fellowship and Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. He lives in California.

Mark Wisniewski
’s recently published second novel, Show Up, Look Good, has been likened by numerous reviewers to The Catcher in the Rye, Seinfeld, and Bright Lights, Big City. His first novel, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, was compared to Huckleberry Finn in a favorable review in the Los Angeles Times. Salman Rushdie chose a short story of Mark’s to appear in Best American Short Stories 2008, and Mark’s short fiction has also been published in The Southern Review, Antioch Review, TriQuarterly, Fiction International, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, New England Review, Glimmer Train, Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, and dozens of other literary magazines. He’s been awarded a Pushcart Prize, two Regents’ Fellowships in Fiction from the University of California, an Isherwood Foundation Fellowship in Fiction, the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story for 2006, and a Tobias Wolff Award.

Jessica Keener’s fiction has been listed in The Pushcart Prize under “Outstanding Writers” and published in numerous literary reviews. Writing awards include a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Grant Program, a Joan Jakobson Scholarship from Wesleyan Writers Conference; a Chekhov Prize for Excellence in Fiction by the editors of Wilderness House Literary Review; and second prize in Redbook magazine’s fiction contest. For more than a dozen years she’s also been a features writer for The Boston Globe, Design New England, O, the Oprah Magazine and other national magazines. Night Swim is her debut novel.


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