NEW TIME: Author Katharine Weber Discusses "Still Life With Monkey" with Sybil Steinberg

Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Novelist Katharine Weber sits with Sybil Steinberg to discuss her latest novel, Still Life With Monkey, the story of a man who finds himself questioning his will to live and grappling with the right to die, and the monkey helper who just might save him.

Note NEW location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

"Weber’s prose is precise, revealing rather than evocative; she seems to be aiming not to show her characters in their best light but rather to illuminate them from all angles, even the least flattering. Befitting the novel’s emphasis on the aesthetic, her style here is painterly: As in Oudry’s composition, attention to detailed realism is everything. “Still Life With Monkey” is profoundly humane even while it’s asking the most difficult questions."—Lucy Scholes for the NYT Book Review

“Katharine Weber goes deep with the extraordinary Still Life With Monkey, a rich and compelling meditation on the question of what makes life worth living. Her characters are vividly, achingly real, including the tiny, furry one at the novel’s center. I kept thinking about all of them long after I’d read the final words of this beautiful book.”―Ann Packer, author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier

“Stark and compelling…Rigorously unsentimental yet suffused with emotion: possibly the best work yet from an always stimulating writer.”—
starred Kirkus Reviews

Author photo credit Corbin Gurkin.

Katharine Weber is the author of seven books, including Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women; the last three were New York Times Notable Books. The Washington Post called her novel True Confections “succulently inventive,” New York magazine called Triangle “a haunting exercise in memory,” and the New York Times called The Music Lesson “elegant and affecting.” She’s the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College, was one of Granta's “50 Best Young American Novelists,” her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker and Story, and her book reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in publications including theNew York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among many others.


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