The Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series presents author Elinor Lipman at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at the Art Museum of South Texas.
Lipman will read from recent work, answer audience questions and sign books, which will be available for purchase at the reading and at Half-Price Books prior to the reading.The New York Times Book Review said Lipman’s most recent novel, On Turpentine Lane, was told with “a raised eyebrow and plenty of cheek” and that it was “constructed with an almost scary mastery.”
Reviewers frequently comment on her keen social observations and ability to create lovable and multi-faceted characters. A Boston Globe review of The View from Penthouse B described her novels as “mischievous, sometimes wry, but hopeful of romance and redemption even in an emotionally messy world.”Lipman, a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of Simmons College and worked in public relations before enrolling in a creative writing class at age 28. Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was published in 1990 and 18 years later made into a movie starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler,Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Ben Shenkman. Among her other novels are My Latest Grievance, I Can’t Complain, The Family Man and The Inn at Lake Devine.
She lives in New York and notes in her biography that she has exposed her private life in two New York Times “Modern Love” columns, one in 2010 about the death of her beloved husband and one five years later about dating after being widowed. Lipman has taught writing at Simmons, Smith and Hampshire colleges and in 2011-12 held the Elizabeth Drew Chair in Creative Writing at Smith.
The Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series is a grassroots reading series started in 1987 to provide a forum to celebrate reading. Larry McMurtry, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment and The Last Picture Show, inaugurated the series. Reading are held twice a year and have included such nationally known writers as John Updike, Richard Ford, Allan Gurganus and Grace Paley. The national reputation of the series among writers has contributed to its being able to attract outstanding authors. Patrons are invited to attend an informal dinner with the author the evening before the reading. Information on becoming a patron can be found on the website at http://www.ccliteraryreadingseries.com/.