Join widely-known master storyteller and highly-regarded editor of The Kenyon Reviewin an exclusive reading, discussion and signing of his collection of new and selected stories, Children of God. Praised by writers Hilary Mantel, Ann Patchett and T.C. Boyle among others, Lynn brings his keen eye and astute sense of drama and narrative to bear on the complex currents of human existence, exploring how the ideas we use to give purpose to our lives, whether they be modest or grand, are all too often set on unstable terrain. He will be in conversation with author and scholar Nick White.
In the 2016 O’Henry Award-winning “Divergence,” a college professor discovers after a freak cycling accident that the carefully assembled details of the most treasured part of his life—his thoughts and emotions—have been irretrievably altered and along with them everything he ever knew about himself. In “Mistaken Identity,” a poet frequently taken for a more famous counterpart of the same name, makes a rash decision to fraudulently accept an invitation for a reading tour in India in a desperate attempt to remake her life. And in the title story, a playful exchange turns menacing as an American child in Delhi has his sense of normalcy overturned when he learns the hard way that privilege has its limits. As Flannery O’Connor Prize Series Editor, Nancy Zafris, puts it: “...these stories dare to assume multiple cultural identities. They dare to assume the reader of being sophisticated and curious, as intelligent and thrilled by language as the author himself.”
David Lynn is the author of two earlier collections of stories, Year of Fire, published by Harcourt, andFortune Telling, from Carnegie Mellon University Press. He is also the author of the novel, Wrestling with Gabriel, and the critical study, The Hero’s Tale: Narrators in the Early Modern Novel. His stories and essays have appeared in magazines and journals in the U.S., the U.K., India, and Australia. Since 1994, he has been the editor of The Kenyon Review, an international journal of literature, culture and the arts. He is a Professor of English at Kenyon College.
Nick White has been praised by the Washington Post as “Tennessee Williams . . . transposed to the 21st-century South.” A native of Mississippi, Nick White’s short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, and Lit Hub. His novel, How to Survive a Summer, and story collection, Sweet & Low, were released in 2017 and 2018 respectively and received high acclaim. Nick is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Kenyon Review and Ohio State University Creative Writing Program are Gramercy’s partners for this Author Night.