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Thalia Book Club: Nicole Krauss' Great House
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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 11/15/2010 at Symphony Space.

A large wooden desk with many drawers is at the mysterious center of Krauss' deeply engrossing new novel of interwoven lives. The author of the bestselling The History of Love discusses her 2010 National Book Award nominated book, with Deborah Treisman (Fiction Editor at The New Yorker).  An excerpt will be performed byLois Smith.


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Nicole Krauss is the author of three novels, Man Walks Into a Room, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction; The History of Love, which won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, was named #1 book of the year by, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes; and her newest novel Great House, which is nominated for the 2010 National Book Award in Fiction, to be awarded on Wednesday. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She recently completed a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.

Lois Smith’s film work began with East of Eden and includes Five Easy Pieces, Next Stop Greenwich Village, Four Friends, Black Widow, Fried Green Tomatoes, How to Make an American Quilt, Dead Man Walking, Minority Report and most recently, Please Give. Recent television appearances include Desperate Housewives, Army Wives, and True Blood. Her recent stage credits include Lil’s 90th at the Long Wharf Theatre; 100 Saints You Should Know at Playwrights Horizons; Symphony Space’s production of Surface to Air, directed by James Naughton; Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, for which she received Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards; the original production of Orpheus Descending; Buried Child and Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s The Grapes of Wrath. She is currently starring in After the Revolution at Playwrights Horizons.

Deborah Treisman is the Fiction Editor at The New Yorker. She has worked at the Magazine since 1997. Previously, she was the managing editor of Grand Street, and has been a member of the editorial staffs of The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The Threepenny Review. Her translations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Harper’s, and Grand Street. Ms. Treisman was born in Oxford, England, and attended the University of California at Berkeley.


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