Writer Deborah Eisenberg to read at Vanderbilt on Nov. 2; Author of critically lauded collection Twilight of the Superheroes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Deborah Eisenberg, called “one of the most important fiction writers now at work” by The New York Times, will read from her work on Nov. 2 at Vanderbilt University.

Eisenberg, whose most recent short story collection is Twilight of the Superheroes, will read at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt campus.

The reading is free and open to the public.

“Deborah Eisenberg offers commanding proof that in the right hands, the short story can be a legitimate art form, not just a test run for writers warming up to write a novel,” The New York Times Book Review said in a review of Twilight of the Gods. “Long ago, Eisenberg leaped the hurdles assigned to the short story by turning out fiction novelistic in all but its length.”

Eisenberg, a native of Chicago, has won a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lannan Foundation Fellowship. She has been included in five O. Henry Prize Stories compilations, including the 2006 edition. The Best American Short Stories included stories by Eisenberg in 1992 and 2004.

Eisenberg, who teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia, lives in New York City.

Audio of Eisenberg’s reading will posted to VUCast, the Vanderbilt News Service website, at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news/.

Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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