Reading by Author Simon Van Booy
Writer Simon Van Booy will be reading selections from two of his short story collections: The Sadness of Beautiful Things and The Illusion of Separateness, which is partly set in Amagansett.
For the past decade, Simon Van Booy has been listening to people’s stories. With these personal accounts as a starting point, he has crafted a highly original style of short fiction that reveals the innermost lives of everyday people. An award-winning, best-selling author of ten books of fiction for children and adults, along with three anthologies of philosophy, in 2013 he founded Writers for Children, a project that helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities.
Mr. Van Booy grew up in a mountainous farming village in Wales, and first came to the U.S. on an American Football scholarship when he was 17. After short stints at several different colleges, he eventually found a home at Dartington College of Arts & Music in southwest England. He then moved to Paris, and then to Greece. In 2000, while in Athens, Mr. Van Booy was awarded a merit fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Southampton College.
He now divides his time between Brooklyn, Bal Harbor, and rural France. He lectures part-time at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and serves his community as an NYPD auxiliary police officer.