Sari Wilson Residency
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
7pm – 8:30pm
But It’s Fiction! An Intimate Dialogue Between Fiction and Real Life
Sari Wilson, author of the acclaimed novel Girl Through Glass, shares a behind-the-scenes look at making fiction from life. What is the relationship between life and fiction? This is an eternally perplexing question for fiction writers. This talk is an intimate look at one writer’s relationship with the material life gives you. Via three short readings from her debut novel Girl Through Glass, Wilson will discuss the real-life inspiration for these sections. The presentation will include images of 1970s New York City and other real-life images that inspired key elements of Wilson’s novel. Wilson’s talk will touch on questions such as: How do you find creative inspiration from life events? How can fictional worlds lead us to deeper truths?
The reading and presentation will conclude with a 10-15 minute Audience Question & Answer, followed by a book signing of Girl Through Glass.
Sari Wilson is author of the acclaimed novel Girl Through Glass, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction debut novel prize, an Amazon Book of the Month, a The Millions Best seller, and featured on NPR and in The New York Times. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Catapult, Slice, AGNI, and other publications. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, and residencies from The Corporation of Yaddo, Ragdale Foundation, and Byrdcliffe.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, the cartoonist Josh Neufeld, and their daughter. Sari grew up in a Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Prague, and now lives back in Brooklyn a few miles from where she grew up.