An Evening with Author Eric Puchner

On Monday, January 31st, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum will welcome Eric Puchner, assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College, for “An Evening with the Author.”

Eric Puchner is the author of the novel Model Home (2010) and Music Through the Floor (2005), a collection of short stories and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award.

Model Home, selections of which Professor Puchner will be reading during the evening program, has received high praise. The novel was named a New York Times Book Review’s “Editor’s Choice” and a Discover Great New Writers pick at Barnes & Noble. Alan Cheuse of NPR’s All Things Considered says of the book, “Puchner’s prose is forthright, delightfully detailed and the distance he strikes from his characters seems just right.” The New York Times Book Review writes “Puchner is a tender, humane observer of family life, and his lithe prose deepens our understanding of his characters.”

Professor Puchner attended Middlebury College, graduating summa cum laude and earning a B.A. in English. At the University of Arizona, he went on to complete an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Puchner will be signing books after his talk, and his books will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information on Eric Puchner and his writing, visit his web page.

For more information on the event, visit the Athenaeum web site.

–Katherine Wernet ’11