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Tom Grimes with Charlie D’Ambrosio and Lee Montgomery
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 7:00pm

WHAT: Tom Grimes with Charlie D’Ambrosio and Lee Montgomery


Tom Grimes is the author of five novels, a play and the new memoir, Mentor: a Memoir. On October 12, at PSU, Grimes will be “in conversation” with Charlie D’Ambrosio and Lee Montgomery on topics that may include the memoir form, differences between fiction and nonfiction, the mentor relationship, creating a writing life, small press publishing, and writing in general.


Grimes’ work has been selected as a New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and he has twice been a finalist for the PEN/Nelson Algren Award. Mentor: a Memoir describes the development of Grimes’ friendship with Frank Conroy, author of the classic memoir Stop-Time. Conroy both taught in and directed the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where Grimes was his student.

"From now on, anyone who dreams of becoming a novelist will need to read Tom Grimes' brutally honest and wonderful Mentor.” — Michael Dirda of The Washington Post

"It's astonishing how much insight, passion, pain, joy, self-doubt, and sheer love Tom Grimes has managed to pack into this tightly made memoir of his relationship with the writer Frank Conroy. Not only does Mentor offer an honest and compelling account of the struggles of a writer at the onset of his career, but this immaculately composed memoir also draws an enduring and eerily lifelike portrait of Frank Conroy. For me, it was as if Conroy had somehow risen from the dead before my eyes, with all his impish zest and stern earnestness and voluble wisdom. Mentor is a beautiful, beautiful book— a monument both to Frank Conroy and to the writer's terrifying quest for artistic excellence." —Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried

"One of the truest accounts of a writer's life—of two writers' lives— I've yet seen. A poignant and beautiful book."—T.C. Boyle

Charlie D’Ambrosio, whose books include the critically acclaimed story collection The Dead Fish Museum (Knopf 2006), is on the faculty of PSU, where he teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program. Lee Montgomery is the author of books of memoir and fiction, as well as executive editor at Tin House magazine and the editorial director of Tin House.


WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 238 Smith Memorial Union

COST: Free

CONTACT: Michele Glazer, glazer@pdx.edu