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Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Lysley Tenorio

EVT 593
May 9
7:30 pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
Status: No Registration Required

Each program in this series will bring to center stage a distinguished author from the Stanford community. We will discuss a fiction writer’s process—from the genesis of an idea, to the nuts and bolts of the prose’s inner workings, to the editing and publication process—and engage the local community in a lively question-and-answer session. The program will be hosted by Sara Houghteling, former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies.

An Evening with Lysley Tenorio

Please join us for an evening with one of this generation’s most electric literary talents, Lysley Tenorio, as he discusses his short story collection Monstress. These are tales rendered with exquisite, sly detail, poignancy, and humor. Among them, a Filipino faith healer and his grandson conduct an illicit business in San Francisco, each with his own plans for their earnings; a has-been horror movie director and his reluctant leading lady travel from Manila to Hollywood for one last chance at stardom; an aging bachelor attempts to defend Imelda Marcos’s honor after the Beatles reject an invitation to play for her. Here, the fantastical, the bizarre and the bawdy, and ultimately the humane sing out on every page, in what NPR has called “a debut of a singular talent.”

Tenorio will discuss the writer’s essential tools—voice, plot, structure, and point of view—as well as share his personal insights into the unique process of crafting short stories. Avid readers and aspiring writers alike will gain fresh insights into the art of fiction during this engaging discussion with one of this generation’s finest writers.

Lysley Tenorio, Author; Associate Professor, Saint Mary’s College of Calfornia

Lysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, Best New American Voices, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. He has received the Whiting Award, the Edmund White Award, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also received a residency at The Paris Review and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

Sara Houghteling, Former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies, Stanford

Sara Houghteling is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2009 Book, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship, an NEA Fellowship, a Camargo Fellowship, the Ribalow Prize, and the Wallant Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Narrative, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Houghteling received an MFA from the University of Michigan.

Primary Event Organizer: Continuing Studies
Parking Suggestions: GSB Knight Management Center Garage, Galvez Street, and Memorial Way
Book Sales: Yes; credit-card payment only
Book Signing: Yes, after event concludes
Audio/Video Recording: Yes, audio
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