112th:  Lynne Sharon Schwartz for My Life at the Wheel

Event date: 
03/07/2024 - 7:00pm

Join us Thursday, March 7th at 7pm for a reading and conversation with Lynne Sharon Schwartz to celebrate the recent release of her newest book, My Life at the Wheel. Sheila Kohler will join in conversation. 

In order to facilitate this in-person author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 6:45pm. Please review our Safety guidelines and register for the event using the link below. 


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In this collection of impeccably written essays, Schwartz tells us early on that she never thought of her life as a “continuous line” but rather a series of intertwined interrupted experiences. Hers is a life that has been bumped, tumbled, and smoothed by an endless stream of travel, fascinating people, and books: writing them, pondering them, translating them.

Her essays range from musings about the art of translation, the tribulations of major surgery dissected with biting wit, a quest for recovery from the 9 /11 attacks at a music school, and hours spent with friends arguing, drinking and smoking in a neighborhood bar. Her personal narratives range from humorous childhood (an 8-year-old writer) and troubled revelations to learning to be an adult facing the difficulties of simultaneously writing and raising children. We see her as a daughter struggling to understand her parents through adolescent eyes, a mother startled at the all-consuming demands of motherhood and writing, and as an older adult grappling with mortality. Throughout, she is painfully honest, funny, and unafraid of difficult truths. While Schwartz’s perspective is decidedly literary, her reflections reveal a careful look at life’s big questions through the prism of a ­­shared yet very individual experience. Relentlessly candid, subjecting herself to her own sharp scrutiny, she is willing to confront the confusions of maturing in a changing world.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the author of twenty-eight books of fiction, essays, and poetry, including her 2021 story collection, Truthtelling, as well as the novels Disturbances in the Field, Leaving Brooklyn, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Rough Strife, a finalist for the National Book Award. She has also published two memoirs, Ruined by Reading and Not Now, Voyager, and has translated from the Italian. Schwartz is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts in Fiction and, separately, for Translation, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She has taught widely in the United States and abroad, most recently at the Bennington College Writing Seminars and the Columbia University School of the Arts.

Sheila Kohler is the  author of eleven novels, three collections of short stories, and a memoir,  Once We Were Sisters. Kohler has been awarded the O.Henry twice, two stories have been included in Best American Short Stories, and her story “Miss Martin” was in Best American Mystery Stories 2020. Her work has  been translated and published widely abroad. She has  taught creative writing at Columbia university, Sarah Lawrence, City College, and at Princeton since 2007. She was a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2003-4 and a visiting writer at the American Academy of Rome in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2022. Her novel, Cracks, has been filmed with Jordan Scott as director and Ridley Scott as executive producer and Eva Green playing Miss G  and was republished this January with Open Road. 

Event address: 
Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
My Life at the Wheel: Toward a Memoir By Lynne Sharon Schwartz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953002310
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Delphinium - January 16th, 2024

Cracks By Sheila Kohler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504082112
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Open Road Media - February 21st, 2023