(NEW YORK, NY – April 9, 2014) – On May 5, the @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES features Mona Simpson and Michelle Huneven with their new novels, Simpson’s Casebook and Huneven’s Off Course, both daring and a superb expeditions into the complicated territory of love, sex, family and hidden selves exposed.
The celebrated and award-winning Mona Simpson, who first came to acclaim with her novel Anywhere But Here, in her unsettling Casebook (Alfred. A. Knopf) takes as her subject a young boy obsessed with rooting out family secrets as his parents head for divorce. In part a contemporary nod to Henry James’s What Maisie Knew, Simpson’s new novel shocks and entertains at the same time, resonating with the hard, unavoidable struggles of curious children and all-too-knowing adults. Off Course (Farrar Straus and Giroux), the latest novel from Whiting Award recipient Michelle Huneven, sets its sights, during the Reagan era and its White House trickle-down economics, on the bold and often reckless efforts of economics Ph.D. candidate Cressida Hartley to find quiet surroundings for finishing her dissertation at her family’s remote Sierras retreat. At once sexy, romantic, and deeply intelligent, Huneven’s novel raises questions not easily forgotten.
Daniel Jones, editor of the New York Times “Modern Love” column, will join Simpson and Huneven for a conversation following their readings.
Free and open to the public, the @MACAULAY AUTHOR SERIES monthly readings take place at 7 PM at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. A book signing and informal reception with the author follow each program. Books are for sale at the events, which are sponsored by Friends of Macaulay.
For more information please visit http://macaulay.cuny.edu/community/author-series/
For reservations visit: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/rsvp or call (347) 460-4292
About Macaulay Honors College
Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself. Selected for their top high-school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship to pursue global learning and service opportunities while also enrolled in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, visit macaulay.cuny.edu.
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