Author & Editor: Amity Gaige and Cary Goldstein

Thursday 07 February, 2013
7pm, $0

The Center for Fiction
17 East 47 Street

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As part of our ongoing series investigating how a book comes into being, Amity Gaige will sit down with her editor Cary Goldstein of Hachette's imprint Twelve to discuss her new novel Schroder.

Schroder is a lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit. Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder-a first-generation East German immigrant-adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course. Schroder relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand-and maybe even explain-his behavior: the painful separation from his mother in childhood; a harrowing escape to America with his taciturn father; a romance that withered under a shadow of lies; and his proudest moments and greatest regrets as a flawed but loving father. Alternately lovesick and ecstatic, Amity Gaige's deftly imagined novel offers a profound meditation on history and fatherhood, and the many identities we take on in our lives--those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves.

Amity Gaige is the author of the novels O My Darling and The Folded World. Her essays, articles, and stories have appeared in various publications, including The Yale Review, The Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies, a Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship, and in 2006, she was recognized by the National Book Foundation as one of five outstanding emerging writers under thirty-five. She is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. Her new novel Schorder will be published by Twelve in February 2013. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family.

Cary Goldstein is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Twelve. Goldstein joined Twelve in 2006 as Director of Publicity/Acquiring Editor, responsible for orchestrating the imprint’s publicity strategies and acquiring and editing works of fiction and nonfiction. Among the books he has edited at Twelve are: Jerry Weintraub’s memoir When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, written with Rich Cohen, which was a New York Times bestseller; Benjamin Hale’s debut novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and IndieNext pick for February 2011; Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens, a New York Times bestseller that the paper named one of the “Ten Best Books of 2011”; and Christopher Buckley’s novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? Forthcoming titles include Khan Academy founder Salman Khan’s The One World Schoolhouse; Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy; Albert of Adelaide: A Novel by Howard L. Anderson; Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The 1970s and the Rise of Ronald Reagan; Schroder: A Novel by Amity Gaige; Dallas: 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis; and Call Me Burroughs, a biography of William Burroughs by Barry Miles. Prior to joining Twelve, Goldstein was the Associate Director of Publicity and Director of Web Publicity at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he began his career as an intern in 1996. During his time with FSG he was instrumental in breaking out new voices, including David Bezmozgis, author of Natasha: And Other Stories; Emily Barton, author of Brookland; Paul Elie, author of The Life You Save Might Be Your Own ; Christopher Sorrentino, author of Trance, which was nominated for the National Book Award; Jonathan Mahler, author of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning; and Noah Feldman, author of After Jihad, Divided by God, and Scorpions, which was published by Twelve in November 2010. He has also been senior publicist at Basic Books, Director of National Poetry Month for The Academy of American Poets, and buyer and features editor responsible for Fiction, Literature, and Poetry at
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