Joyce Maynard and Dana Goodyear will read from their pieces in Canteen Magazine. While the reading takes place, aspiring writers will get to compete with an established writer as Dana Goodyear will face off against two audience members in a flash fiction writing contest, using an assigned topic. When the readings from Canteen are over, all three short pieces will be read out anonymously, and the audience will pick the winner. Prizes for all!
Canteen redefines the literary magazine by asking accomplished writers to reveal their creative process, and pairing that insight with the best new work in fiction, poetry, art, and photography—all designed to look more like a fine art book than a dusty journal.
Joyce Maynard is the author of many books, including the novel To Die For (look for her in the movie adaptation of this book, in which she plays the role of Nicole Kidman’s attorney) and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World. Her novel, The Usual Rules — a story about surviving loss — has been a favorite of book club audiences of all ages, and was chosen one of the ten best books for young readers for 2003. Mother of three grown children, she spends half her time in Mill Valley, California, and the other half in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, where, in addition to pursuing her own work, she runs writing workshops.
Dana Goodyear is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she has worked since 1999, and the author of Honey and Junk (W. W. Norton), a collection of poems. Her work has appeared in many magaznies, journals, and periodicals, including The New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the Yale Review, the Colorado Review, Open City, Slate, and Vogue. She lives in Los Angeles.
THIS EVENT WAS RECORDED LIVE AT SKYLIGHT BOOKS APRIL 12, 2010.