Author, screenwriter and film director Marisa Silver, whose most recent novel, Mary Coin, was a New York Times bestseller, will be the next guest in the fall Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Silver will speak on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 pm in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.
Mary Coin, a fictionalized look at Dorothea Lange’s iconic Depression-era photograph, “Migrant Mother,” was published in 2013 by Blue Rider Press/Penguin. Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in the magazine’s first “Debut Fiction” issue. Her collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise, was published by W.W. Norton in 2001 and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.
In 2005 W.W. Norton published No Direction Home. Her next novel, The God of War, was published in 2008 by Simon and Schuster and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her second collection of stories, Alone With You, was published by Simon and Schuster in April 2010. Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories and other anthologies.
Silver directed her first film, Old Enough, while still a student at Harvard. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1984, when Silver was 23. She went on to direct three more feature films, Permanent Record (1988), with Kaenu Reeves, Vital Signs (1990) and He Said, She Said (1991), with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins, co-directed with her then husband-to-be, Ken Kwapis.