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Lucky us: Amy Bloom, Ben Marcus at Sensoria

Amy Bloom
Amy Bloom Wesleyan University

Obviously, I’ve been missing out.

Amy Bloom and Ben Marcus – the headliner fiction writers for this year’s Sensoria, a celebration of literature & the arts on the CPCC campus – I have never read.

I will now. Not only because they’ll soon be in town. But how can you not want to read Amy Bloom, when she begins her 2014 novel, “Lucky Us,” with this sentence: “My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”

Or not read Ben Marcus, when his 2015 short story in the New Yorker, “Cold Little Bird,” opens with a scene in which two devoted parents try to tuck their young son into bed only to be told that he doesn’t love them and no longer wants to be touched by them.

Marcus, also a novelist (“The Flame Alphabet”), teaches at Columbia University School of the Arts, and Bloom is currently writer-in-residence at Wellsley University. Both have racked up awards and honors – an NEA and a Guggenheim for Marcus; Bloom has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. Both writers have published fiction in The New Yorker as well as other prestigious magazines.

Bloom will talk about her work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Dale F. Halton Theater on the CPCC campus.

Marcus will talk at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. For tickets: $5 members or in advance. $7 at the door (or free with CPCC i.d.)

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