Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Manhattanville’s College Host’s New Book and Celebration Reading
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:14

Manhattanville College Professors David Burr Gerrard and Elizabeth Eslami, both of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, will be reading excerpts from their novels on Wednesday, March 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Periodicals Room, in the Library.

David Burr GerrardGerrard will be reading from his debut novel “Short Century: A Novel,” published by Rare Bird Books Press, a new independent publisher out of Los Angeles and New York City.  The novel is about a mysterious blogger who reveals renowned pro-war journalist Arthur Hunt’s long-ago incestuous affair with his smart but impressionable younger sister, Emily. Arthur writes a memoir in defense of his life, coming to terms with his shattered sense of self, his skewed political ideals, and the crumbling American empire he has been struggling to uphold.

Award-winning MFA Visiting Professor Alex Gilvarry called the novel, “a sly shout at America’s backcountry ways, and a love story so brilliant and debauched it summons Humbert Humbert. Gerrard delves into a heart of darkness and emerges poised and praiseworthy.”

Elizabeth Eslami

Eslami will be reading from her novel “Hibernate,” a story collection which follows ordinary men and women who slowly awaken to hard choices. She won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction for her novel “Bone Worship.”

“A masterful storyteller as likely to draw blood as to heal, Eslami moves her restless, resilient characters across an uneven landscape toward a hard earned place of peace,” said Ohio State Press.

Please contact Professor Jeff Bens for more information on this event.