Courtesy Rio Youers, from the Vienna U-Bahn!
The city of Vienna, Austria, is reading Last Night at the Lobster!
The events are as follows:
OPENING AT THE BUCH WIEN / MESSE WIEN
November 9, 12:00 – 13:30
Messe Wien, foyer of hall D
CONVERSATION WITH WOLFGANG POPP
November 9, 14:00 – 14:30
GALA EVENING IN THE VIENNA CITY HALL
November 9, 19:00 – 22:00
DISCUSSION WITH STUDENTS
Bundesrealgymnasium GRG 23
DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHOR
November 10, 19:30
Vienna Energy World
It would be easy to imagine that an award-winning author of 17 published novels has always been a literary genius. Yet, Stewart O’Nan, the university’s 2017 Cockefair Writer-in-Residence, started out as an engineer.
The Cockefair Writer-in-Residence is one of the creative writing department’s most significant annual programs. This year, O’Nan taught a class to graduate students on Oct. 23 and followed it with an Oct. 24 reading at the Plaza Library.
“I first read one of O’Nan’s books as a graduate student in Indiana,” English professor Christie Hodgen reminisced as she introduced O’Nan at the reading. “People were passing it around like a great secret, saying, ‘You’ve got to read this.’”
Check out the video from Pittsburgh’s KDKA, where Stewart is interviewed for the segment!
There’s no pigeonholing novelist Stewart O’Nan or his books. They are, The New York Times said, “as remarkable for their precise, economical language and depth of characterization as for the fact that each is as different from its predecessor, in style, tone and narrative approach, as if it had come from a different author.”
O’Nan’s work spans from Snow Angels and Last Night at the Lobster to a nonfiction collaboration with Stephen King, Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season. In conjunction with his four-day stay as the Cockefair Writer in Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he discusses his craft and career in a conversation with Angela Elam of KCUR-FM’s New Letters on the Air.
Co-presented by the Writers at Work Round Table, the Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair at UMKC, and the UMKC English Department.