Monday, July 2, 2012

Tonight in Saratoga: Liz Benedict and Phillip Lopate

The Summer Writers Institute reading series at Skidmore begins tonight with a dual reading by Elizabeth Benedict (pictured here) and Phillip Lopate at 8PM in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. All events in the series are free and open to the general public.

"Phillip Lopate is considered by many to be one of the most important essayists of our time, a writer and editor at the fulcrum of memoir's resurgence who has contributed significantly to discourse on creative nonfiction. The anthology Lopate edited in 1994, The Art of the Personal Essay (Doubleday), helped contextualize the genre as part of a global tradition dating back to the classical period." (Poets & Writers, May 2008).

Benedict's novels have established her reputation as a writer who "specializes in the subterranean currents of modern relationships, the secret motivations and betrayals that underlie everyday interactions." Hallie Ephron in the Boston Globe called her most recent novel, The Practice of Deceit, "a wickedly funny literary suspense novel" that is "wry, at times heartbreaking, always smart and entertaining."Newsday's reviewer said that Benedict's "wit is as sharp as her eye, and twice as fast. She writes the hard, horrifying truth about human nature, and it is addictively entertaining." Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan chose her previous novel, the bestseller Almost, as one of her top five novels of 2001.