Author Claire Messud Comes to The Writers House on April 17

Messud has penned six novels including her most recent “The Burning Girl” and “The Woman Upstairs.” She will be the writer-in-residence for The Writers House April 17.

As the writer-in-residence, Messud will meet with students during classes and in workshops. She is also scheduled to give a reading of her work at The Writers House at 4 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period. The reading is free and open to the public.

Messud is a senior lecturer in Harvard University’s Creative Writing Program and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Miami Herald described Messud as “among our greatest contemporary writers.” In a review of “The Burning Girl,” The New Yorker wrote her work is “Riveting. Messud is adept at evoking complex psychological territory. She is interested in the identities that women construct for themselves, and in the maddening chasm that often divides intensity of aspiration from reality of achievement.” 

Messud’s books also include “The Emperor’s Children,” “The Last Life,” “The Hunters” and “When the World Was Steady.”

The Writers House is dedicated to creative writing, reading, and thinking, as a resource for students, faculty, alumni, and the wider community. The Writer-in- Residence Program is made possible through the support of Andrea ’79 and Ken Roberson Writers House Innovation Fund.


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