Three former fellows discuss Greer’s and Segal’s new novels, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells and Half the Kingdom, respectively. Orringer will moderate the conversation.
Julie Orringer is the author of the story collection How to Breathe Underwater, and of the novel The Invisible Bridge, which she worked on during her fellowship at the Cullman Center in 2008-09. Her stories have appeared in Zoetrope-All Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, and in several anthologies, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story and The Best American Non-Required Reading. She is currently writing a novel about Varian Fry, the American journalist who helped rescue Jews in Vichy France.
Andrew Sean Greer’s previous novels are The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, for which he received The New York Public Library’s Young Lions’ Fiction Award in 2005. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He began working on The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells while he was a Cullman Center Fellow in 2008-09.
Lore Segal’s novels include Other People’s Houses, Her First American, and Shakespeare’s Kitchen, which was a finalist for the Pulizer Prize. She is also a translator, an essayist, and the author of many children’s books, including Tell Me a Mitzi. Her translation of The Juniper Tree and Other Tales of Grimm, with pictures by Maurice Sendak, was published in 1973. In 2006 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She worked on her new novel, Half the Kingdom, while she was a Fellow at the Cullman Center in 2008-09.