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Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winner Michael Cunningham to Give Reading

The Hours book cover

Novelist Michael Cunningham, author of the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner award-winning bestseller The Hours, and most recently By Nightfall, will give a reading of his work on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4:15 p.m. at Pomona College (Crookshank Hall Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

The novel By Nightfall (2010) is about the contemporary urbanite couple, Peter and Rebecca Harris, an art dealer and an editor, respectively, who are visited by Rebecca’s younger look-alike brother Ethan—a 23-year-old with a history of drug problems. In Ethan’s presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career and the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

Booklist gave By Nightfall a starred review, praising the novel as “an exquisite, slyly witty, warmly philosophical, and urbanely eviscerating tale of the mysteries of beauty and desire, art and delusion, age and love.” The New York Times Book Review wrote, “[Cunningham] makes you turn the pages. He tells a story here, but not too much a story. You aren’t deadened by detail; you’re eager to know what happens next.”

Cunningham’s The Hours (2000), which was made into an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film, draws upon the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The Los Angeles Times Book Review hailed the book as “an exquisitely written, kaleidoscopic work that anchors a floating postmodern world on pre-modern caissons of love, grief and transcendent longing."

Cunningham’s other novels include, Specimen Days (2006) and A Home at the End of the World (1998).

Cunningham was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Yale University.

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