by Leah Habib
Joyce Carol Oates is considered one of the greatest American authors of all time. Her work has long graced required reading lists for High School and college courses and students spend hours studying her prose and literary perfection.
Since the publication of her initial novel With Shuddering Fall (Vanguard Press, 1964), Joyce Carol Oates has written over 40 novels, nine plays, 11 novellas and more than 30 short story collections. Her collections of essays, plays, and poetry have gained her an international reputation as one of the best, most productive authors. Oates has won over 20 awards for her writing, including: Two O’Henry Awards, the National Book Award, National Humanities Award, and the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Her novels Black Water (Dutton, 1992), What I Lived For (Plume, 1994), Blonde (HarperCollins, 2000), and short story collections The Wheel of Love and Other Stories (Vanguard Press, 1970) and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (Ecco/Harper Collins 2014) were all Pulitzer Prize Finalists.
Joyce Carol Oates’ latest memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writers Coming of Age , chronicles her hardscrabble childhood in Western, New York. Through the eyes of her younger self, Oates examines her relatives and the rural environment in which she came of age, transporting the reader into her earliest memories and defining moments as writer.
On Thursday, July 14 Joyce Carol Oates will deliver a reading and lead a discussion of her work, including the aforementioned memoir, at the Kleinerart/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock. To guarantee attendance purchase one of Oates’ books from the Golden Notebook over the phone, in person, or online. For more information please visit goldennotebook.com.