Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

The Undergraduate Writing Program Showcases Its Professors
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 08:13

The Manhattanville Undergraduate Writing Program is hosting a reading and social to celebrate its talented and successful professors. The reading will feature selections from new books by Jeff Pearlman and Greg Olear, as well as fellow writers, Jonathan Tropper, Paul Levitz, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Anthony Rudel, Kris Jansma and Liz Eslami.

The reading will take place on Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. in the Library.

fm-cover11-2Greg Olear's new book, Fathermucker hit bookshelves in early October to stellar reviews. The novel, which Lenore Skenazy described as "Ulysses on a playdate," is the story of one day in the life of a stay-at-home dad.

Jess Walter, National Book Award finalist and author of The Financial Lives of Poets said, "Fathermucker is all kinds of funny—raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny. Greg Olear has written a wonderful novel, capturing in a single manic day the helpless ache of parenthood and the ceaseless flood of popular culture."

Jeff Pearlman's new book, Sweetness: The Engimatic Life of Walter Payton, began its first weeks in bookstores last month surrounded in controversy and talk when an excerpt appeared in Sports Illustrated just days before the release.

Sweetness ThumbIn the book, Pearlman goes beyond the public image of Walter Payton and takes a "definitive" look at the private and public life of this football legend.

While many loyal to the former Chicago Bear have had harsh words for Pearlman, Sweetness has quickly become a New York Times best-seller, receiving much praise.

''Walter Payton's life was thrilling, complicated, triumphant, and turbulent, and it takes an artful storyteller to present it all properly," Mike Vaccaro wrote in the New York Post. "Thankfully for Payton--and for us, the readers of this splendid book--there is Jeff Pearlman to provide precisely the perfect touch.''