Times Literary Critic Dwight Garner to Speak at Stony Brook Southampton

New York Times critic Dwight Garner
New York Times critic Dwight Garner

Dwight Garner, the literary critic for The New York Times, will give a reading from his book Wednesday, October 30, at Stony Brook Southampton and sit for an interview by former New Yorker fiction editor Dan Menaker.

Garner’s visit to the campus in Shinnecock Hills is part of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature Program’s Writers Speak Wednesdays series.

Garner was the founding books editor of Salon.com, where he worked from 1995 to 1998, and he was the senior editor of The New York Times Book Review from 1999 to 2009. He is a former member of the board of the National Book Critic’s Circle.

In addition to The New York Times Magazine, Garner’s essays and articles have been published in Harper’s, Slate, Village Voice, Boston Phoenix, The Nation and more.

His book is Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements, and he is at work on a biography of James Agee, according to Stony Brook Southampton.

Menaker is a faculty member of the MFA program and the former executive editor of Random House.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of the campus’ Chancellors Hall, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton. For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa.

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