Author SCOTT SPENCER reads from "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden" in tribute to Denis Johnson

Event date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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Denis Johnson, National Book Award winner for Tree of Smoke and the author behind the seminal collection Jesus' Son, died in May of 2017 at the age of 67. A protean stylist who made a career of defying readers' expectations, he crafted fiction, poetry and reportage that was often as unsparing as it was unconventional.

"Denis was one of the great writers of his generation," says FSG's president and publisher, Jonathan Galassi, "He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was."

THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN is the second story collection from the late Johnson and is a masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose. The title story chronicles a lifetime of moments, from the small to the ecstatic, of ad agent Bill Whitman.

This evening, author SCOTT SPENCER will join authors all over the country who will read from Johnson's work in tribute to the late master of prose. Spencer will read personally selected excerpts THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN and also talk about his own deep respect for, and personal relationship with, Johnson's work.

Scott Spencer is the author of nine previous novels, including A Ship Made of PaperWaking the Dead,  the international bestseller Endless Love and his latest novel River Under the Road. Scott has written for Rolling Stone, the New York TimesThe New YorkerGQ, and Harper’s, and has taught writing at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Williams College, and for the Bard Prison Initiative. He lives in Rhinebeck.

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