Live! with an AUTHOR

Claire Messud

and James Wood

Recorded May 26th, 2020

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Claire Messud is the author of four novels and a book of novellas. The Burning Girl, her most recent novel,  was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award.  The Emperor’s Children, an international bestseller, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the 100 best books of 2006. Claire is a recipient of the Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has a book of essays coming out in October, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her family.

James Wood is an essayist, critic, and novelist, currently a staff writer at The New Yorker (where he writes about contemporary fiction) and a Professor in the English Department at Harvard University. Born in Durham, England, in 1965, he has worked as an editor at The Guardian newspaper in London, and at The New Republic magazine in Washington D.C. He is the author of four books of essays, and a study of fiction entitled How Fiction Works (2008). He is also the author of two novels, The Book Against God (2003) and Upstate (June, 2018). His most recent work is Serious Noticing: Selected Essays 1997-2019 (2020). As a literary journalist, he has won a National Magazine Award, and as an author he has been twice shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award.

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Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography through Essays


The Burning Girl: A Novel

Buring Girl

Serious Noticing: Selected Essays, 1997-2019

Serious Noticing

The Emperor's Children

The Emperors Children

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

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