Literary Events

Joyce Carol Oates

When: Wed., April 10, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Joyce Carol Oates is very good at Twitter. Nearly a dozen times a day, the 74-year-old National Book Award winner and author of more than fifty novels formulates 140-character kernels of wisdom, extolling everything from the "distinctive embalmed aroma" of movie theater popcorn to Kant's merits as a "moral absolutist" to her annoyance with the modern invention of the leaf blower. She is at all times wry, measured, and succinct, and so it is all the more remarkable that the current UC Berkeley visiting professor has also just published a new novel, The Accursed, which clocks in at a lean 667 pages. Join Oates at Mrs. Dalloway's (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) on Wednesday, Apr. 10, for a reading from the book -- about the dark underworld haunting the outskirts of Princeton, New Jersey. Here's to hoping she shares a small dose of pithy commentary in addition to her literary prowess. 7:30 p.m., free.

Azeen Ghorayshi

Price: free

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