This program was recorded 01/07/2015 at Symphony Space.
Rabih Alameddine is a painter and author. He was born in Amman, Jordan and grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon. His first novel, Koolaids: Or The Art of War, was nominated by the Lambda Literary Foundation for the best Gay Men’s Fiction Award 1999. His story collection, The Perv, was published by Picador USA and his story “Bread” was a Best American ‘Distinguished Stories’ selection. Alameddine’s novel I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters, was a Book Sense 2001 Fiction selection. He is also the author of The Hakawati and, most recently, An Unnecessary Woman, a finalist for the National Book Award. His articles have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, The Evening Standard, The Los Angeles Times, and Al-Hayat. He has lectured at numerous universities including M.I.T in America, and American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Alameddine received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002.
Mia Dillon has appeared on Broadway in Our Town, Crimes of the Heart (Tony Award nomination, Clarence Derwent Award), Hay Fever, The Corn is Green, The Miser, Once a Catholic (Drama Desk Award nomination), Agnes of God, Da and Off Broadway in The Exonerated and many other plays. At the Berkshire Theatre Festival she starred in Ibsen’s Ghosts, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment, and Noel Coward’s Coward in Two Keys. She appears in Isn’t It Delicious, an official selection of the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival. Her award-winning short film, Quiet, has been shown in five film festivals and on the Sundance Channel. She has toured Ireland in a production of Deathtrap.
Elizabeth Strout is the author of four New York Times-bestselling books of fiction: Olive Kitteridge; Amy and Isabelle; Abide with Me; and, most recently, The Burgess Boys. Amy and Isabelle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was adapted by Oprah into a television movie. Olive Kitteridge earned the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was recently adapted into an HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand. The Burgess Boys was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, NPR, and Good Housekeeping. She has taught creative writing at Colgate University and Queens University of Charlotte.