Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with today's most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
That's the opening line to Jill Alexander Essbaum's Hausfrau, a haunting and elegant novel about the unraveling of an American expat housewife in Zurich.
The New York Times bestseller has been one of the most acclaimed books of the last decade, called one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post. Hausfrau has received praised from every major publication in America, including Time, People and O: The Oprah Magazine.
Essbaum is also the celebrated author of several poetry collections, her work has been featured in Best American Poetry and the New York Times, and she has twice been named a Fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts.
An assistant adjunct poetry professor in UCR Palm Desert's Master of Fine Arts program, Essbaum will be here to discuss her work in conversation with Tod Goldberg, as well as answer questions from the audience.
There will be a book signing immediately following the discussion. A bookseller will be available on site.