Just when you thought it was safe to jump in that leaf pile...
I'm pleased to announce that coming up in early 2012, I'll be teaching a new occasional series of literature classes at Politics & Prose Bookstore
in Washington, DC. The subject: Hazards of Suburban Living
In Part 1: Domestic Upheaval and the Short Story
, we'll read and discuss three stories, one each by Lorrie Moore, Amy Bloom, and A.S. Byatt. Each story is told from a woman’s perspective; each is focused on a particular brand of domestic disharmony.
In Part 2: Coming of Age in the Columbine Era
, we'll discuss Jim Shepard's novel, Project X
. In this disturbing yet darkly humorous story, a misfit adolescent and his outcast friend, persecuted by other teens and misunderstood by adults, hatch a potentially devastating plot. "Shepard...has a lock on the new American paranoia." --Chicago Tribune
Part 1 will be offered Tuesday, January 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Part 2 will take place Tuesday, February 7, 1–3 p.m. You may sign up for one or both classes.
For a detailed description, and to register, see the Politics & Prose Bookstore
web page for 2012 classes.
My suburban lit street-cred:
In addition to writing my own brand of "suburban dysfunction" fiction, I've blogged for Bethesda Magazine
about Semi-Charmed Life
in the suburbs, and I created the parody site, Bethesda World News
, which pokes fun at suburban institutions and values.