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Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write - Claire Messud, Meg Wolitzer - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2020 - 10:00am</span>

Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write

10/17/2020 - 10:00am


Claire Messud will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her new memoir Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write in conversation with Meg Wolitzer. Join the event at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-kants-little-prussian-head. Before the event begins, you will see a countdown and the event image. 


In her fiction, Claire Messud “has specialized in creating unusual female characters with ferocious, imaginative inner lives” (Ruth Franklin, New York Times Magazine). Her new book Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write  opens a window on Messud’s own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature. In twenty-nine intimate, brilliant, funny, and sharp essays, Messud reflects on a childhood move from her Connecticut home to Australia; the complex relationship between her modern Canadian mother and a fiercely single French Catholic aunt; and a trip to Beirut, where her pied-noir father had once lived, while he was dying. She meditates on Albert Camus, Teju Cole, and Valeria Luiselli, and tours her favorite paintings at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Crafting a vivid portrait of a life in celebration of the power of literature, Messud proves once again “an absolute master storyteller” (Rebecca Carroll, Los Angeles Times).

Claire Messud

About Presenter Claire Messud


Claire Messud is the author of six works of fiction. A recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.


Kant's LIttle Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write

Meg Wolitzer

About Presenter Meg Wolitzer


Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Female Persuasion, The InterestingsThe UncouplingThe Ten-Year NapThe PositionThe Wife, and Sleepwalking. She is also the author of the young adult novel Belzhar. Wolitzer lives in New York City.


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