Literary vs. Commercial Fiction: Why Success Matters
Association of Writers and Writing Programs - Hynes Convention Center
(Christopher Castellani (moderator), Alice Hoffman, Tom Perrotta) Internationally best-selling writers Alice Hoffman and Tom Perrotta, authors of over thirty books between them, read from their recent fiction. After the reading, Grub Street artistic director and novelist Christopher Castellani moderates a discussion that focuses on how these authors continually appeal to wide audiences with novels and stories of great depth, subtlety, and cultural relevance. The discussion will also touch on how these authors use humor and magic in their work, the creative roles they've played in their film adaptations, and other topics related to the craft of fiction.
Alice Hoffman is the author of twenty-eight works of fiction, including Practical Magic, Turtle Moon, The Red Garden, and Oprah's Book Club selection, Here on Earth. Toni Morrison called her most recent novel, The Dovekeepers, "beautiful, harrowing and a major contribution to twenty-first century literature."
Tom Perrotta is the author of six works of fiction, including The Wishbones, Joe College and, most recently, The Leftovers. His novels Election and Little Children were made into acclaimed and award-winning movies. Perrotta co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film version of Little Children with Todd Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.