Elisa Albert, Rebecca Wolff Reading on March 15

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Join the College of Saint Rose MFA in Creative Writing program for a book reading by our Visiting Writer, Elisa Albert, who will be joined by poet and fiction writer Rebecca Wolff on March 15 in Huether Hall, 994 Madison Avenue, in Room 200, from 5-7 p.m. Free food and drink will be provided.

Both writers’ books will be available for sale at the event.

Elisa Albert will be reading from her upcoming novel, which she describes like “a  war novel of the female experience.” She says, “It’s about violence in birth, women who can’t get along with other women, postpartum derangement, the trenches of motherhood, the fertility industry, friendship, breastfeeding, marriage, real estate, feminism, the Holocaust, name it.   You could say it picks up where The Yellow Wallpaper left off.  It’s like a war novel of the female experience.”

Albert’s debut novel, The Book of Dahlia, was praised as one of the best books of 2008. The San Francisco Chronicle writes, “While Elisa Albert’s darkly brilliant first novel, “The Book of Dahlia,” may well keep you up at night, it’s hardly a thriller. Instead, Albert has written something far rarer – a book so original in its voice and vision that it’s truly thrilling… Readers looking for a depiction of illness as a crucible for the triumph of the human spirit will be disappointed. But this book keeps its steadfast focus on a more complicated truth, and that is its triumph.”

Read an interview with Elisa Albert here.

rebecca wolffAlso reading will be poet, novelist, and editor of Fence magazine, Rebecca Wolff.  She will be reading from her first novel, The Beginners. Jonathan Lethem describes the book as a “meticulous and pitch-perfect fever dream of adolescence, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson remixed by Mary Gaitskill.” Horror writer  Peter Straub praises Wolff’s debut novel: “What a marvel, what a wonder, is this novel. It made me think of Rilke in collaboration with Emily Brontë. . . . Ravishing.”

Check out her website here.