As a lead-in to the upcoming literary salon in Las Vegas focusing on We Wanted to Be Writers, Nevada Public Radio interviewed Eric and Glenn about their own literary beginnings, how the book came about, how the cast of characters was selected, and much more. Listen to the November 16, 2011 broadcast here ———>>>
And here’s a press release about the November 19 event at The Lady Silvia:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Richard Hooker
November 9, 2010 (702) 229-5431
Literary Salon Spotlights Famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Acclaimed authors to read at The Lady Silvia Saturday, Nov 19, 6 pm
LAS VEGAS – Five acclaimed writers, all classmates at the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will gather for conversation and readings on Saturday, November 19, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at The Lady Silvia located in Soho Lofts, 900 S. Las Vegas Boulevard #140.
Poet Joy Harjo, writer Michelle Huneven, literary activist Glenn Schaeffer, writer Doug Unger and journalist Eric Olsen will reflect on their shared experiences as young writers in Iowa City nearly thirty years ago.
The salon will feature the just-released, We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop published by Skyhorse Publishing. The book will be for sale and the authors will be available for book signings.
The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is one of the most highly regarded creative writing programs in the U.S. The program began in 1936 and its alumni have won seventeen Pulitzer Prizes, as well as numerous National Book Awards and other major literary honors. Four recent U.S. Poets Laureate have been either graduates or faculty of the Workshop. We Wanted to Be Writers is a rollicking and insightful blend of interviews, commentary, advice, gossip, anecdotes, analyses, history, and asides with nearly 30 graduates and teachers at the now legendary Iowa Writers’ Workshop between 1974 and 1978. Among the talents that emerged in those years—writing, passionately jousting, criticizing, drinking, and debating in the classrooms and barrooms of Iowa City—were the young versions of writers who became John Irving, Jane Smiley, T.C. Boyle, Michelle Huneven, Allan Gurganus, Sandra Cisneros, Jayne Ann Phillips, Joy Harjo, and many others.
The event is free and open to the public. A cash bar with refreshments will be provided. The Lady Silvia is located in the Soho Lofts building at the corner of Fourth and Hoover Avenue, with free parking available across the street.
The Saturday salon is sponsored by the Vegas Valley Book Festival and Nevada Humanities with support from Lady Silvia, Art Futures Las Vegas, and Vegas Seven Magazine.
For more information call 702.229.5431.