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Author Lawrence Weschler to Give Reading at Pomona College

Author Lawrence Weschler
Book cover for "Uncanny Valley"

Award-winning author Lawrence Weschler will give a reading at Pomona College on Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Crookshank Hall (Ena Thompson Reading Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

A former New Yorker staff writer for more than 20 years, Weschler has numerous awards to his credit, among them the National Book Critics Award for criticism for Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences (2006), which The Globe and Mail says proves that his “world is strange, beautiful and connected.” His book Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder  (1996) was a finalist in the general nonfiction National Book Critics Circle Award category and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. For his reporting, Weschler was honored with two George Polk Awards—for magazine reporting in 1992 and cultural reporting in 1988.

Uncanny Valley (2011), Weschler’s most recent work, is a book of essays that, among other things, surveys the hapless efforts of digital animators to fashion a credible human face and includes profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with writer’s block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he revisits his work on Apocalypse Now; and the artist Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying a dozen sleeping figures. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says Weschler “gathers the finest fruits of the last 15 years in this delectable collection…[and] provides elegant and worthwhile conclusions.”

Weschler formerly taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently the director of the New York Institute of Humanities at New York University and the artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

For more information, contact: (909) 607-2212.