Kate Lehrer and Susan Shreve, well-known novelists and Cleveland Park neighbors, are the featured speakers at the April 9 Tuesday Talk.
“The central subject we’ll discuss is the singular importance particularly of an intimate friendship with another writer which is both deeply personal and professional,” said Shreve. “We have had that. Luckily it began when Kate moved in next door.”
Shreve and Lehrer will discuss the writing life – the importance of writing in their lives, how their writing routines differ, and how friendship has played into their work. They also will discuss their latest books and projects. Lehrer has a book in progress and Shreve’s new novel, More News Tomorrow, comes out in early June.
Tickets are not required but please register your attendance so ample seating will be provided.
Kate Lehrer writes about what she knows best—strong women. She grew up in McKinney, Texas, a small town 38 miles north of Dallas where strong women were a featured treasure. After graduating with honors from Texas Christian University, she taught 7th grade English in Texas public schools. Her novel Out of Eden received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel of the Year. Other books include Best Intentions and When They Took Away the Man in the Moon. Kate’s fourth novel, Confessions of a Bigamist has been adapted to a screenplay. Currently, Kate is working on a non-fiction book and is collaborating with her husband on a series of mysteries, whose working title is The Cleveland Park Murders.
Susan Shreve is the author of 15 novels and 30 books for children. She has also edited five anthologies and written essays for dozens of magazines. She founded the Master of Fine Arts Degree at George Mason University where she is a Professor of English and is co-chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Susan has received a Guggenheim Award for Fiction and a National Endowment grant for Fiction, the Jenny Moore Chair in Creative Writing at George Washington University and has won both the Grub Street Prize for non-fiction and the Service award from Poets and Writers. She was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2007 by Sidwell Friends School. She taught at Columbia School of the Arts and Princeton University.