NYC | October 2007

On October 21st, Sunday Salon welcomes four more talented writers from near and far.

Anne Landsman (annelandsman.com) is the author of the novel, The Devil’s Chimney (Soho, 1997; Penguin trade paperback, 1999), nominated for four awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award for a distinguished first book of fiction. Originally from South Africa, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children, and remarks on the setting of her books, “some portion of my heart will always beat in that opposite hemisphere, in the shadow of the Brandwacht mountains, not far from the house with the loquat trees. Some part of me stayed down there. I belong where I am not.” This fall, Soho Press is pleased to publish Anne Landsman’s highly anticipated novel, The Rowing Lesson (Soho Press; November 2007). The Rowing Lesson is poised to again win its author widespread acclaim, and foreign rights have already been sold to Granta in the U.K. and Kwela Books in South Africa. The Rowing Lesson has recently received a great review from “O” magazine and is a booksense (www.booksense.com) pick for December!

Dexter Jeffries grew up in New York City. He’s proud of his public education, BA from Queens College, MA from City College and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center; however, he claims his ten years as a cab driver mark his true education in the life of the city and its people. In between taxi driving and school, Jeffries did a three-year stint in the United States Army. Those three years in a combat engineer battalion in West Germany gave him the experience that “…gave me a broader perspective on America.” Since 1980, he has taught English at various units of the City University of New York and at Pratt Institute. In 1996, in conjunction with the film department at Pratt Institute Dexter produced and directed a documentary film, What’s Jazz? In 2003, Kensington Press (Dafina Books) published his autobiographical memoir, Triple Exposure: Black, Jewish and Red in the 1950s. Jeffries lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York.

Nora Maynard has received fiction fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center, and is a 2007 winner of the Bronx Writers’ Center/Bronx Council on the Arts’ Chapter One Competition. Her non-fiction works include The Celluliod Pantry, a weekly column on food and drink in film, which runs Tuesdays at Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen, as well as book reviews, interviews, and personal essays. Nora is a graduate of the University of Toronto and worked in publishing in Toronto and New York as an editor and publicist. She is completing a novel, Burnt Hill Road. On November 4th, she’ll run her 5th consecutive New York City Marathon. Visit her website at noramaynard.com

Brett Berk’s stories have appeared in journals including Tin House, FICTION, The Mississippi Review, Other Voices, Small Spiral Notebook, and Another Chicago Magazine. He’s received the Chicago Literary Award for Fiction, residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and his first collection, “Model House” was short-listed for the Flannery O’Connor Award. Since 2000, Brett has been on the faculty of the Writing Program at The New School, where he teaches short fiction writing. His instructive non-fiction book The Gay Uncle’s Guide to Parenting will be out from Crown in March, 2008, and he’s currently at work on a new non-fiction book about young children and gender identity, tentatively titled Beyond Pink and Blue, as well as a novel, Safety Seat and a new collection of stories.

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