NeMLA Reads Together

Stewart O'Nan, "West of Sunset"

Credit: Beth Navarro

NeMLA is excited to launch our new initiative “NeMLA Reads Together,” in which we will promote a novel written by our opening night speaker, an author from our host city. The speaker will be interviewed by a NeMLA member before a live audience, and the transcript of this interview will be considered by publication by NeMLA's journal Modern Language Studies

NeMLA's 2018 Pittsburgh conference will kick off on April 12, 2018, with an interactive and dynamic live interview of our esteemed guest author. Our opening night creative writer will be Pittsburgh’s very own Stewart O’Nan, author of 17 novels, named one of America’s Best Young Novelists by Granta. O’Nan’s novel West of Sunset (2015) will be the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." A work of biofiction about United States writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, West of Sunset has been referred to affectionately by O’Nan as “My Scott.”

NeMLA members are encouraged to read the novel in preparation for the opening address and to submit a question they would like to ask the author. Bring your questions for the author to the convention!