1:45-3:00 Christopher Swann (“The Origin of a Novel”)
On October 17th, Chris will discuss the origin of a novel: Novels are curious things—Henry James referred to them as shaggy beasts, although Christopher like Randall Jarrell’s definition: “A novel is a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it.” Unlike a typical short story, novels can be expansive and messy, and the origin of a particular novel might make for an intriguing story all on its own. Where do novels come from? How do writers determine what their novels will be about? Or can they even do that? After publishing his debut novel, Christopher tackled a second, Never Turn Back, and the story of its journey from idea to book involves Shakespeare, a Canadian professor’s online lectures, Pat Conroy, and a late-night stranger at Swann’s door.
3:00-4:00 Five-Minute Member Talks (rescheduled from March 2020)
Libby Ware & Charlene Ball