Teddy Wayne will give a brief reading, and then be joined by PSU´s MFA faculty Paul Collins and Tom Bissell for a round-table discussion of comedy in literature (what we might call the "McSweeney´s Effect"), and how it is best used and achieved.
Teddy Wayne´s first novel, Kapitoil, about a young Arab who comes to the United States to work and ends up making a fateful decision on the eve of the September 11 attacks, has been much praised for its delicate balance of pop-culture savvy, geo-political trenchantness, striking sense of humor, and thoughtful storytelling. Wayne is a graduate of Harvard and earned his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. The recipient of a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Esquire, McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.
Jonathan Franzen said of Kapitoil,
[Karim]´s a type-the nerdy and needy young immigrant-that we're all familiar with but that no other writer, as far as I know, has invented such a funny and compelling voice and story for...it does what novels can do better than any other art form: Show us a familiar world through unfamiliar eyes.
Monday, May 2. 7:00 p.m., 238 Smith
This event is sponsored by PSU´s MFA Creative Writing Program