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A.M. Homes + Mark Epstein

Happy Talk

Saturday, November 17, 2012
6:00 PM–7:30 PM

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Presented in association with Grand Editorial.
Writer AM Homes (whose tenth book May We Be Forgiven will be released this fall) addresses (un)happy relationships with Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein.
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Novelist A.M. Homes produces another darkly comedic new book, May We Be Forgotten: A Novel. This unnerving, funny tale of unexpected intimacies and of how one deeply fractured family might begin to put itself back together follows the life of Harold Silver as he deals with the consequences when his successful high-flying TV executive brother decides to give into his murderous temper. In addition to May We Be Forgotten: A Novel, Homes has written various novels – This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack – and a memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, the story of the author being “found” by her biological family, and a literary exploration and investigation of identity, adoption and genealogical ties that bind. Her work has been translated into 18 different languages and has won various awards including Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, and The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library. When she is not writing, she is active on the Boards of Directors of Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown, The Writers Room, and PEN. Additionally she serves on the Presidents Council for Poets and Writers.
Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire and Psychotherapy without the Self. The Way Out is Through: Working with the Trauma of Everyday Life willbe published in 2013 by Penguin Press. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University.