We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Bradford Morrow to the New Hampshire Institute of Art for the Visiting Writers Series. Morrow is one of the most acclaimed writers and editors of our time. He is the author of many novels and short stories, and has received numerous awards and honors, from a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction to Fellowship in fiction to O. Henry and Pushcart prizes for his short stories, as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in editing the literary journal Conjunctions. His novelTrinity Fields was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, and The Almanac Branch was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
This is his only New Hampshire appearance for The Prague Sonata, a literary page-turner that was just released on October 3rd and has been garnering rave reviews. Kirkus described it as “A musical mystery set against the backdrop of a nation shattered by war and loss...sonically rich...an elegant foray into music and memories.” And Karen Russell said of it, “Bradford Morrow’s writing is as haunting and as beautiful as the fabled sonata it describes.” Morrow will be reading from the book and then in conversation with NHIA Creative Writing Faculty Tim Horvath about music, mysterious manuscripts, and the book’s rich tapestries of historical and present-day setting. We’ll touch on the compositional process in general, as well as Morrow’s work as editor for the legendary Conjunctions, which published early and pivotal works by writers like David Foster Wallace, Robert Coover, Laura van den Berg, Lyn Hejinian, Ann Lauterbach, William T. Vollmann, and so many more.
NHIA student Amelia Kester will be the opening reader, and she and Morrow will do a shared Q & A afterward.