Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom: Edward Carey in conversation with Amy Margolis

Please join us to celebrate the release of Edward Carey's new novel, The Swallowed Man with a reading and conversation with Amy Margolis.

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Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny, says of The Swallowed Man: “Art objects live in the belly of this marvelous novel, images swallowed by text, sustained by a sublime and loving imagination. Like all Edward Carey’s work The Swallowed Man is profound and delightful. It is a strange and tender parable of two maddening obsessions; parenting and art-making.” BOOKLIST says, “No Disney fairy tale, this is an illustrated, literary, poignantly erudite study in anguish, guilt, madness, soulsearching, and eventual redemption.”

Edward Carey is a novelist, visual artist, and playwright. His previous novels include LittleAlva & Irva, and Observatory Mansions, and an acclaimed series for young adults, the Iremonger Trilogy. His writing for the stage includes an adaptation of Robert Coover’s Pinocchio in Venice, a continuation of the Pinocchio story. Born in England, he now teaches at the University of Texas in Austin, where he lives with his wife, the author Elizabeth McCracken, and their family.

Amy Margolis is the Director of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival at The University of Iowa. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow in fiction. She’s taught fiction and nonfiction writing in the Festival, at The University of Iowa, and as a visiting writer nationwide. Her fiction appears in The Iowa Review. She is currently at work on a memoir-in-shards about her life as a dancer in the late seventies, at the onset of the AIDS crisis.

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