Lydia Davis – March 25

Columbia University

Lydia Davis joins Columbia’s Creative Writing Lecture Series for a a craft talk, A Beloved Duck Gets Cooked.

Philosophy Hall, 7pm
Free and open to the public.

Lydia Davis, a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, is the author ofVARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE, which was a National Book Award Finalist, SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANTALMOST NO MEMORYTHE END OF THE STORY, and BREAK IT DOWN, a PEN/Hemingway finalist. Her new book, THE COLLECTED STORIES OF LYDIA DAVIS, has just been published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her work has appeared inConjunctionsHarper’sThe New YorkerBombThe Paris ReviewTin HouseMcSweeney’sNOON, and many other magazines and literary journals. Davis is also the translator from the French of works by Maurice Blanchot and Michael Leiris, among others, as well as the highly-acclaimed new version of Marcel Proust’sSWANN’S WAY, for Penguin Classics. Among other honors, she has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Prize, and has been named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government. In 2003, she won the French-American Translation Prize for her Proust translation, and in 2005 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She lives in upstate New York with her family and teaches at SUNY Albany, where she is also a Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute. She is currently finishing a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s MADAME BOVARY.