Winter With the Writers

Jim Shepard

American author and professor of creative writing and film at Williams College

Jim Shepard: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing

Event Details

On January 20, as the first author of the 2011 Winter With the Writers series, Jim Shepard read his short story, "Boys Town"; discussed the art of short stories, the madness of writers and the need for good readers; and punctuated all of it with his deft wit.

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Speaker Bio

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Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad (Knopf, January 2011). His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.

His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Playboy, and he was a columnist on film for the magazine The Believer. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He’s won an Artists’ Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and lives in Williamstown with his wife Karen, his three children, and two beagles.