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Spring 2013 Raymond Carver Reading Series to feature award-winning novelist Justin Torres

Torres will read from his breakthrough novel, "We the Animals"

Feb. 14, 2013, by Judy Holmes

Justin Torres
Justin Torres
The Spring 2013 Raymond Carver Reading Series continues with novelist Justin Torres, author of the critically acclaimed We the Animals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 in Huntington Beard Crouse (HBC) Gifford Auditorium at Syracuse University. The reading will be preceded by a question and answer session from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in SU’s paid lots.

Writing for Esquire, Benjamin Percy hailed We the Animals as “the best book you will read this fall” when the novel debuted in September of 2011. “We the Animals, a slim novel—just 144 pages—about three brothers, half white, half Puerto Rican, scrambling their way thorough a dysfunctional childhood, is the kind of book that makes a career,” Percy wrote. According to the publisher, “this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful.”  The New York Times described the work as “an affecting story of love, loss and irreversible trauma that a single event can bring to a family.”

We the Animals was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work by a debut author, was a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award, won an Adult Debut Honor Award in the Indies Choice Book Awards, and has been translated into a dozen languages. Torres is the recipient of the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” award.  His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Glimmer Train, and other publications.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Torres received the Rolón United States Artist Fellowship in Literature and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He is currently a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has worked as a farmhand, a dog-walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller.

Named for the great short story writer and poet who taught at SU in the 1980s, the Raymond Carver Reading Series is a vital part of Syracuse’s literary life. Presented by the Creative Writing Program in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the series each year brings 12 to 14 prominent writers to campus to read their works and interact with students.
Spring 2013 Series Schedule
The Series will continue with the following authors. All readings begin at 5:30 p.m. in HBC Gifford Auditorium. Question and Answer sessions are from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Further information is available by calling (315) 443-2174.

March 20: Sarah C. Harwell, author of Sit Down Traveler (Antilever Press, 2012) and associate director of SU’s Creative Writing Program

April 3: Dean young, author of Bender, New and Selected Poems (Canyon Press, 2012), named “Best of 2012” by the Los Angeles Times

April 24: Diane Williams, award-winning short-story teller and author of seven works of fiction, including Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty (McSweeney’s, 2012).

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Judy Holmes