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From a masseuse who secretly manipulates the scars of war with her touch to the fire that perhaps didn’t have to claim the life of a loved one to a still-born flirtation, Jennifer Vanderbes, Karen Russell and André Aciman explore the many shapes of betrayal. Granta associate editor Patrick Ryan joins these authors for a reading and conversation about their new work in Granta and the ways in which betrayal functions in a story.

Author Bio(s): 

André Aciman is most recently the author of Harvard Square, which is published in 2013. He is the chair of the PhD Program
in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and the director of the Writers’ Institute. ‘Abingdon Square’ is taken from a forthcoming book, Moral Tales.

Karen Russell is the author of the story collection St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and the novel Swamplandia!, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of the New York Times’s Top 5 Fiction Books of 2011. Her new story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, is forthcoming next month. In 2007 she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

Jennifer Vanderbes is the author of three novels: Easter Island, Strangers at the Feast and the forthcoming The Secret of Pigeon Point. Her non-fiction has appeared in the
New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center.


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Storytelling: A Conversation on Truth and Betrayal
Wed Jan 30, 7:00PM
Patrick Ryan (Granta)
André Aciman
Karen Russell
Jennifer Vanderbes
On the Docket: 
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion