Phillip Lopate in conversation with Michael Greenberg
February 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
Phillip Lopate’s A Mother’s Tale is about family members who love each other but who can’t seem to overcome their mutual mistrust. In 1984, Lopate sat down with his mother, Frances--a strong, resilient, indomitable woman who lived through the major events of the 20th century--and began listening to her life story. Thirty years later, after his mother had passed away, Lopate found himself drawn back to the recordings of this conversation. This artful, sly memoir is a three-way conversation between a mother, Lopate’s younger self, and the person he is today.
Phillip Lopate is a central figure in the resurgence of the American essay, both through his best-selling anthology The Art of the Personal Essay and his collections Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body, Portrait Inside My Head and To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. He directs the nonfiction MFA program at Columbia University, where he is Professor of Writing.
Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life.