Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Carol Edgarian

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Each program in this series will bring to center stage a distinguished author from the Stanford community. We will discuss a fiction writer’s process—from the genesis of an idea, to the nuts and bolts of the prose’s inner workings, to the editing and publication process—and engage the local community in a lively question-and-answer session. The program will be hosted by Sara Houghteling, former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies. 

An Evening with Carol Edgarian

Please join us for a special evening with Carol Edgarian (Stanford ’84), author of the novels Rise the Euphrates and Three Stages of Amazement. Edgarian’s fiction contains multitudes—from the scars of the Armenian genocide on three generations of women to a love story set in San Francisco at the start of the 2009 financial crisis. The Washington Post has praised her work as guided by a “generosity of spirit, intelligence, humanity, and finally ambition … what literature ought to be and rarely is today—daring, heartbreaking, and affirmative, giving order and sense to our random lives,” and Janet Maslin has called it “furiously compelling.” Among Edgarian’s other works of fiction and nonfiction is The Writer’s Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame, which she co-edited with Tom Jenks. In 2003, Jenks and Edgarian also co-founded the San Francisco– based Narrative Magazine, a nonprofit at the forefront of digital media. Narrative Magazine publishes over 300 artists each year, including such writers as Tobias Wolff, T.C. Boyle, and Joyce Carol Oates, and its vast catalogue provides reading and writing mentorship to underserved schools around the globe. 

Over the course of the evening, Edgarian will discuss her own writing process and projects, as well as share her personal insights into contemporary trends in literary magazines and publishing. Avid readers and aspiring writers alike will gain fresh ideas about the art of fiction, and on literature’s role in the information age during this engaging discussion with one of this generation’s finest literary voices and editors. 

Carol Edgarian Author; Co-Founder, Narrative Magazine

Carol Edgarian is the author of Rise the Euphrates and Three Stages of Amazement which reached the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of publication. She is also the co-founder, editor, and publisher of Narrative Magazine, an online literary magazine. 

Sara Houghteling, Former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies, Stanford

Sara Houghteling is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2009 Book, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship, an NEA Fellowship, a Camargo Fellowship, the Ribalow Prize, and the Wallant Award. Her writing has also appeared in The New York TimesNarrative, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Houghteling received an MFA from the University of Michigan.

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