The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY would like to inform you about an upcoming event: Fear of Dying: A Conversation with Erica Jong and Parul Sehgal.
When her first novel, Fear of Flying, was published in 1973, Erica Jong transformed the American literary landscape by bringing her unique blend of sexual candor, wit, and insight to bear upon women’s experiences. Join us as Parul Sehgal, editor at the New York Times Book Review and award-winning critic, interviews Jong about her forthcoming novel, Fear of Dying, and her career as a novelist, nonfiction writer, and poet. Jong has written over 20 books, including What Do Women Want and Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life.
Erica Jong is a celebrated poet & author with over 22 published books. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over 27 million copies in 42 languages. Erica’s new novel, Fear of Dying is due for publication on September 8th 2015 with St. Martin’s Press and many other publishers all over the world. Her awards include the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy (named for the critic who introduced Ernest Hemingway, Allen Ginsberg, and Erica Jong to the Italian public); the Sigmund Freud Award in Italy; the Deauville Literary Award in France; the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature; Poetry Magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize (also won by Sylvia Plath and W.S. Merwin).
Parul Sehgal is an editor at The New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in Slate, Bookforum, NewYorker.com, Tin House, and The Literary Review, among other publications. She is the recipient ofthe Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. She has taught at Columbia University and has spoken at the New School, NYU, Harvard University, Book Expo America, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). She is a regular contributor to NPR, NY1’s The Book Reader, and Slate’s Audio Book Club.
Co-sponsored by Public Programming, the Writers’ Institute, and the Department of Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY.