Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe – 16 May

Lydia Davis, with Ben Marcus

On 16 May, 2012, as part of the Lannan Foundation’s Readings and Conversations Series, Lydia Davis will read from her fiction, followed by an on-stage interview with Ben Marcus.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Lydia Davis has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” ( and “one of the quiet giants of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). She has published seven collections including Sketches for a Life of Wassily (1981), Almost No Memory(2001), Samuel Johnson is Indignant (2002), Varieties of Disturbance (2007), and The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), as well as a novel, End of the Story. She was born in 1947 and after graduating from Barnard worked as a translator before turning to fiction. Ms. Davis is a celebrated translator of French literature including works by Jean-Paul Sartre, Flaubert, and Maurice Blanchot, as well as biographies of Marie Curie and Alexis de Tocqueville, with her most recent translation being a much-lauded Madam Bovary (2010).

Ms. Davis’s honors include being a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award for Varieties of Disturbances, a Whiting Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, and in 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She has been named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translations.  She lives in upstate New York.