#AWP16 Featured Presenter Q&A with Joyce Carol Oates
AWP | March 2016
Event Title: Peter Ho Davies, Joyce Carol Oates, and Roxana Robinson: A Reading and Conversation, Sponsored by the Author's Guild, Ecco, and Kundiman
Description: Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and two story collections, The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. Roxana Robinson is the author of Sparta, four earlier novels including Cost, three story collections, and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Four of these were New York Times notable books. Robinson has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and is President of the Authors Guild.
Participants: Peter Davies, Joyce Carol Oates, and Roxana Robinson
Date & Time: Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Q: What are some of the conference events (besides your own) and/or bookfair exhibitors you are most excited to see?
A: It’s always a pleasure just to stroll around & see what is there!
Q: What book or books that you’ve read over the last year would you most highly recommend?
A: C.K.Williams' Later Selected Poems.
Q: Given how much time writers spend alone to practice their craft, what do you think are the advantages of creating the large community that exists at the AWP conference?
A: These are wonderful opportunities for writers to meet readers and one another. I have had memorable on-stage interviews and conversations, & very worthwhile panels.
Q: Outside of the conference, what about Los Angeles are you looking forward to? Are there any Los Angeles activities you would recommend to conference attendees?
A: The Los Angeles County Art Museum is not to be missed.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times best seller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. (Photo credit: Dustin Cohen)