Books to be discussed
- How It Ended by Jay McInerney
- Max Perkins by A. Scott Berg
Jay McInerney is the critically acclaimed author of eleven books – eight of which are works of fiction. Time Magazine cited his first bestselling novel, Bright Lights, Big City (1984), as one of nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century.
His other novels are Ransom (1985), Story of My Life (1988), Brightness Falls (1992), The Last of the Savages (1996), Model Behavior (1999) and The Good Life (2006). Described as “McInerney’s most fully imagined novel as it is his most ambitious and elegiac” by The New York Review of Books, McInerney’s most recent novel The Good Life also received the Grand Prix Literaire at the Deauville Film Festival in 2007.
How It Ended (2009), a collection of short stories spanning his entire career, was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times.
From 1980 to 1986, Gary Fisketjon was an editor at Random House and Vintage Books, where he created the Vintage Contemporaries fiction series; for four years he was Editorial Director of the Atlantic Monthly Press; and since then he has been Vice President and Editor-at-Large of Alfred A. Knopf.
Among the writers he has worked with are Julian Barnes, Dennis Bock, Peter Carey, Raymond Carver, Martin Clark, Annie Dillard, Andre Dubus, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Ford, Tim Gautreaux, Martha Gellhorn, Kent Haruf, Patricia Highsmith, Michel Houellebecq, Beverly Lowry, Jim Lynch, Cormac McCarthy, Jay McInerney, Haruki Murakami, Alix Ohlin, Jonathan Raban, Adam Ross, Richard Russo, Jim Shepard, Mark Spragg, Graham Swift, Donna Tartt, Gore Vidal, Joy Williams, Jeanette Winterson, Geoffrey Wolff, Tobias Wolff, and Steve Yarbrough.