Alexander Weinstein in conversation with David Burr Gerrard
November 17, 2016, 7:00 PM
Alexander Weinstein’s debut story collection, Children of the New World, introduces readers to a near-future world of social-media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and frighteningly intuitive robots. A peddler of memories gets high on his own supply; a childless couple fulfills their life wish by having a baby, online; a robotic older brother short circuits and end up in the trash heap--Weinstein’s otherworlds are many-colored in their delight and despair.
Alexander Weinstein is the director of the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Among his many publications, his fiction was awarded the Lamar York Prize and the Gail Crump Prize, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has been collected in the anthology 2013 New Stories from the Midwest. He is a professor of creative writing at Siena Heights University and a lecturer at the University of Michigan.
David Burr Gerrard is the author of THE EPIPHANY MACHINE (forthcoming in 2017 from Putnam) and SHORT CENTURY (Rare Bird, 2014). He teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop.