Rochester novelist Joanna Scott will give a reading at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The reading will be followed by a dessert reception and book signing. Scott will also lead a question and answer session at 4:30 p.m. in Gulick Hall, room 100. Both events are free and open to the public.
Scott's fiction plays with ideas of history, women's roles, and the ways in which unreliable narration is perhaps the best way to tell a story (or at least the most interesting). Her new novel is “Tourmaline.”
Scott teaches at the University of Rochester and is the author of the novels “Fading,” “My Parmacheene Belle,” “The Closest Possible Union,” “Arrogance,” “The Manikin,” and “Make Believe,” and the story collection “Various Antidotes.” She has received numerous honors for her writing, including Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellowships, the Rosenthal Award from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and most recently a Lannan fellowship. She has been a finalist for the prestigious Pen/Faulkner Award twice (for “Arrogance” and “Various Antidotes”) and was selected as a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for “The Manikin.” Her stories have been included in Best American Stories, and in 1992 she won the Aga Khan Award from The Paris Review for her story “A Borderline Case.”