February 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Writers’ Workshop faculty member Ethan Canin will read from and talk about his amazing new novel, A Doubter’s Almanac, in this special in-conversation event with his former Workshop student, novelist Curtis Sittenfeld.

In this eagerly anticipated, mesmerizing novel, Canin explores the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family. In a starred review, Booklist describes the book as “Epic . . . thoroughly absorbing . . . a nuanced, heartbreaking portrait of a tortured mathematician . . . Canin, in translucent prose, elucidates the way a mathematician sees the world and humanity’s own insignificance within it. A harrowing, poignant read about the blessing and curse of genius.”  It is a story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches. Graced by stunning prose and brilliant storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a surprising, suspenseful, and deeply moving novel, a major work by a writer who has been hailed as “the most mature and accomplished novelist of his generation.”

Ethan Canin is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of English at the Writers’ Workshop, and a literary advisor to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. He is the author of the novels America AmericaCarry Me Across the Water, and For Kings and Planets, and the story collections The Palace Thief and Emperor of the Air. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and split their time between Iowa City and the woods of northern Michigan.

Curtis Sittenfeld, a Writers' Workshop graduate, is the author of the best-selling novels, SisterlandAmerican WifePrep, and The Man of My Dreams. Her forthcoming novel, Eligible, will be published in April. She lives in St. Louis.