The McCoy Center for Ethics and Society, in partnership with the Creative Writing Program, is pleased to present the explosive linguistic talent and boundary-blurring short story writer and novelist, Aimee Bender. The author of three collections of short stories, a novel, and a novella, Bender is one of the most respected and anthologized fiction writers of her generation. From the groundbreaking debut Girl with Flammable Skirt to the emotive flavors of the Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Bender’s prose is, in the words of the Atlantic Monthly, “so animated it seems almost capable of writing itself.”
This event is part of the Frankenstein 200 series at Stanford. Bender will be in conversation with Jones Lecturers and former Stegner Fellows in fiction, Kate Peterson and Mark Labowskie.
AIMEE BENDER is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages.
Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts”.
She lives in Los Angeles with her family and teaches creative writing at USC.
MARK LABOWSKIE is a Jones Lecturer and recent Wallace Stegner Fellow. His stories have appeared in Subtropics, Gulf Coast, and Sou’wester, and his writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lighthouse Works, VCCA, and the Millay Colony.
KATE PETERSEN lives in San Francisco and teaches at Stanford as a Jones Lecturer in creative writing. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Zyzzyva, Epoch, Paris Review Daily, LitHub, and elsewhere, and she is the former recipient of a Wallace Stegner fellowship and a Pushcart Prize.