For 3 weeks in February, we will have the honor of reading and discussing the short story with one of the masters of the form: Bernard Cooper. For most of us who have been reading with David for a while, we have had the pleasure of studying the sensitive, achingly beautiful prose of Bernard Cooper, both in the short story and personal essay genres.
Bernard Cooper is the author of memoir, My Avant-Garde Education, recently published by W.W. Norton. He is also the author of The Bill From My Father, Maps To Anywhere, A Year of Rhymes, Truth Serum, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. Cooper is the recipient of the PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, the O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim grant, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays of 1988, 1995, 1997, 2002, and 2008. His work has also appeared in magazines and literary reviews including Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Story, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and for six years was the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine. And to top it all off, he is a warm and gifted teacher who can provide us with an invaluable literary experience.
The series consists of:
Session 1 - February 2
What Makes A Short Story Larger Than The Sum Of Its Parts?
(these stories are "short-shorts." Bernard will be providing copies for us to read in class.)
Yours – Mary Robison
Problems – John Updike
The School - Donald Barthelme
Will You Mary Me – Tobias Wolff
This Condition – Lydia Davis
Session 2 - February 9
What’s Love Got To Do With It?
What We Talk About When We Talk about Love – Raymond Carver
Mitosis – Italo Calvino
Session 3 - February 16
Good People/Bad People
The Five Forty-Eight – John Cheever
Revelation - Flannery O’ Connor
Join us in Pasadena for this great series. We hope you can join us for this exciting series!!
DATES: 3 THURSDAY MORNINGS Feb 2, 9, 16 at 10:00
WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment
TICKETS: Series $150 Individual session $55