The Writer at Work with Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Bud Smith, Mary South, & Douglas Stuart
November 15 5:00 pm
About the Event
Writers are quite accustomed to answering questions about their work in terms of craft—the stylistic choices involved in establishing mood and pacing, modulating sentence structure and rhythm, and shaping plot and characterization to make a short story or a novel what it is. Less discussed is a writer’s work in terms of work—the concurrent careers that often not only provide financial support but also inform the writing.
Join this evening moderated by BMI Shearing Fellow Mary South, where prominent fiction writers Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Bud Smith, and Douglas Stuart will read from their books and discuss what it’s been to pursue their writing while engaging in professions outside the literary world.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar is the author of White Dancing Elephants, which received the Dzanc Books Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for a Debut Story Collection, and she has also written about her work as a clinical psychiatrist for The New York Times.
Bud Smith is the author of several books, including the novel Teenager, forthcoming from Vintage in 2022, and the memoir Work, about artmaking and his job working heavy construction in New Jersey.
Mary South is the author of You Will Never Be Forgotten, which was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize for a Debut Story Collection and longlisted for The Story Prize.
Douglas Stuart is the author of Shuggie Bain, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, which he wrote while also working for many years as a design director in the fashion industry.