Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7pm, Music Building, $20
o n a i m p s o n
with Leonard Lopate
is the author of the novels Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, My Hollywood, and, most recently, Casebook. Walker Percy has described Anywhere But Here as “stunning… The two women…are American originals. Twelve-year-old Anna is a new Huck Finn, a tough, funny, resourceful love of a girl. Adele, her mother, is like no one I’ve encountered, at once deplorable and admirable—and altogether believable…. It laid me out.” The Los Angeles Review of Books has said of Casebook: “Just as in Anywhere But Here, Simpson’s central, complicated relationship of parent and child is…a window into bared hearts… She has a gift for re-creating the unique psychological landscape of the adolescent… Exceptionally intuitive… Observant…. Extraordinary.” The Miami Herald has said of Casebook: “What’s most remarkable is how Simpson effortlessly snares readers inside a full, intimate world…. and allows readers to relish the innocence of childhood and the intense yearning to discover the secrets of life.” NPR has described Casebook as “singular and haunting… filled with the quirky and succinct descriptions for which Simpson’s writing is justly celebrated… It’s like watching those small revolving dashes of rainbow-colored light caused by a crystal hung in a window.” Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times, has described the work of Ms. Simpson as the kind that “takes over a reader’s life for a couple of days… [and] should galvanize Mona Simpson’s reputation as one of the most accomplished writers of her generation.”
In addition to reading from her work, Mona Simpson will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Mona Simpson: Gaspar Tringale