Unparalleled in her unflinching candidness, Vivian Gornick renders the political as personal and shows the self to be a mirror of the culture that made it. “Gornick is fearless,” Elizabeth Frank writes in The New York Times Book Review. “Reading her essays, one is reassured that the conversation between life and literature is mutually sustaining as well as mutually corrective.”
Best known for her acclaimed 1987 memoir, Fierce Attachments, and her work with The Village Voice, Gornick is also a frequent contributor to The Nation, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. She is the author of more than a dozen other books and essay collections, including The End of the Novel of Love, Essays in Feminism, and The Men in My Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Gornick teaches creative writing at The New School in New York, NY. Her most recent book, Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life, is out now from Yale University Press, and her essay “Letter from Greenwich Village” can be found in the 60th anniversary issue of The Paris Review (Spring, 2013).
Gornick will be reading from a selection of her work at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on Monday, April 8, at 8:00pm.