Claire Messud

in conversation with Sheila Heti

Saturday, October 24th
7:00est/4:00pst

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Claire Messud‘s latest release Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write opens a window on her own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature.

Claire is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Author of six works of fiction including, The Burning Girl, The Emperor’s Children, and The Woman Upstairs. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

Sheila Heti is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Motherhood,  How Should a Person Be? and Ticknor, and the story collection, The Middle Stories. She was named one of “The New Vanguard” by The New York Times; a list of fifteen women writers from around the world who are “shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages. Her most recent novel, Motherhood, was chosen by the book critics at the New York Times as one of their top books of 2018, and New York magazine chose it as the best book of the Year. Her novel, How Should a Person Be? was named one of the 12 “New Classics of the 21st century” by Vulture. It was a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year in The New Yorker, and was cited by Time as “one of the most talked-about books of the year.”

I’ve discovered over the years that the simplest explanation is almost always the right one; and that hunger of one kind or another – desire, by another name – is the source of almost every sorrow.”

Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs.

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    What inspired you to embark on your latest work, “kant’s little prussian head & other reasons why I write”?

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    You once said shrinking attention spans could prove the death of long fiction – What do you think the effect of the pandemic has been on attention spans and our ability to sit down and read a book?

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    Where do you look for to find inspiration? Does it hit you out of the blue or is it more mechanical than that?

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    What was the reaction like to the “emperor’s children”? did you expect it?

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    What is the last thing that you saw or read that moved you?

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    What is different about writing memoir as opposed to fiction? Which do you prefer?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

Claire Messud in conversation with Sheila Heti

Saturday, October 24, 2020

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