Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In the News: Love, In Theory

One of this year's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction books is E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY.

In this funny, brainy, thoroughly engaging debut collection, an award-winning writer looks at romance through the lens of scholarly theories to illuminate love in the information age.

In ten captivating and tender stories, E. J. Levy takes readers through the surprisingly erotic terrain of the intellect, offering a smart and modern take on the age-old theme of love—whether between a man and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a mother and a child—drawing readers into tales of passion, adultery, and heartbreak. Incorporating theories from physics to film to philosophy, from Rational Choice to Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class, these stories movingly explore the heart and mind—shooting cupid’s arrow toward a target that may never be reached.

Described by Booklist as "engaging," LOVE, IN THEORY has recently received a lot of positive attention. Some of the review highlights are below. 

"[I]indulge with this clever recipe of intelligent romance."--VOX magazine, which also features an interview with Levy 

"I love Levy's writing. . . . She also makes a lot of fabulous observations with a cynicism and honesty I find quite delightful."--A Reader of Fictions blog

"E.J. Levy’s style is very simple but packs a lot of meaning. Her stories taught me so much about writing. . . .  I was expecting literary romance stories, but got something different (and possibly better?). Perhaps there is more universal truth in sadness than in happiness?"--BooksAreTheNewBlack blog 

Interested in attending one of E. J. Levy's LOVE, IN THEORY events? Check out the many readings that are happening this fall.

October 7, 2012
Location: KGB Bar, New York, NY
Time: 7:00pm
Description: Sunday Fiction Series, reading with Nancy Zafris

October 14, 2012
Location: Politics & Prose, Washington, DC
Time: 1:00pm
Description: Release reading and party

October 16, 2012
Location: Waters Matters Series, Randall Davey Audubon Center, Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
Time: 7:00pm
Description: Sponsored by Amigos Bravos: Friends of the Wild Rivers

October 21, 2012
Location: SOMOS Sunday Salons, Taos, NM
Time: 3:30/4:00pm (tbd)
Description: Readings and conversations 

November 9-10, 2012
Location: Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Description: Kenyon Review Literary Festival