The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker
Joan Silber reads her story “Evolution,” from the September 12, 2022, issue of the magazine. Silber is the author of nine books of fiction, including, most recently, “Secrets of Happiness” and “Improvement,” for which she won the pen/Faulkner Award in 2018.
Episode QS64: Joan Silber + Margot Livesey (August 26, 2021)
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This virtual launch event for Joan Silber’s newest novel Secrets of Happiness drew a passionate crowd for her conversation with fellow novelist Margot Livesey about themes of money, love, travel, and spirituality. Livesey and Silber talked about her desire to write “big and small at the same time” with closely observed interiority but wide scope in time and space, and how her works exist on a spectrum between novels and short stories, as well as literary influences and current favorites. (Recorded May 3, 2021)
Joan Silber is the author of nine books of fiction. Her last book, Improvement, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was listed as one of the year's best books by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Seattle Times, and Kirkus Reviews. Her previous book, Fools, was long-listed for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and The Story Prize. She lives in New York, has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A mini-masterclass on character, point of view, narrative time and ‘weight in fiction’ with the acclaimed American writer, Joan Silber. Joan was raised in New Jersey and received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with the renowned teacher and writer Grace Paley. Joan has published nine books of fiction. Her new novel, Secrets of Happiness, has just been released in Australia. Her previous book, Improvement, won The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She also received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Joan’s other works of fiction include Fools, The Size of the World, Ideas of Heaven, Lucky Us, In My Other Life, In the City, and Household Words, which have almost all won or been finalists for many prestigious awards. Joan has taught fiction writing for many years, in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program, Sarah Lawrence College, also Boston University, the 92nd Street Y and New York University as well as writers’ conferences at places like Bread Loaf and Aspen. I met Joan at Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2020, days before the pandemic cancellations and closures began in Australia, and kept in touch periodically throughout the strange year that followed. As soon as I began reading Improvement I knew I was in the company of one of those artists whose every work I now needed to read. I ordered all the books I could get my hands on, and loved them all. This recording took place over Zoom, in a conversation joined by some of my writer friends – a kind of mini-masterclass. Joan spoke to us from her apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she lives with her dog Lucille.
Joan Silber discusses ‘Secrets of Happiness’ (Counterpoint, May 4), “a new novel in stories from the master of the form” (starred review). In a sponsored interview, host Megan Labrise talks with Jessamyn Stanley, author of ‘Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance’ (Workman, June 22). Then our editors offer their reading recommendations, with books by Muon Thi Van and Victo Ngai, Stacey Lee, John McWhorter, and Maggie Shipstead.
Novelist and short story writer Joan Silber talks to Ivan about six things which she thinks should be better known. Find out more about Joan at http://joansilber.net/. Luang Prabang, Laos https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/oct/12/luang-prabang-laos-three-day-holiday-itinerary David Malouf https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/david-malouf The Mighty Clouds of Joy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeM-VMkhFdM Charles Baxter https://www.nybooks.com/contributors/charles-baxter/ Walking in New York https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/22/magazine/new-york-city-walks.html Tahini with grape molasses (pekmez) on bread http://www.turkishcookbook.com/2007/01/tahini-grape-molasses.php
Joan Silber's first book, the novel Household Words won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her other works of fiction are In the City, In My Other Life, Lucky Us, Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize, The Size of the World, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction, and Fools, longlisted for the National Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her latest novel is called Improvement.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices