(Kansas City, Missouri) - Elizabeth Gaffney's first novel earned her recognition 10 years ago from Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers program.
On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the 48-year-old author sits down with Kansas City novelist and Writers at Work series organizer Whitney Terrell for a public conversation about her second book, When the World Was Young - and shares the stage with one of today's blossoming literary talents.
Joining Gaffney and Terrell is April Wolfe, one of three inaugural winners of Emerging Writer Fellowships from A Public Space, the New York-based literary magazine for which Gaffney is editor-at-large. Wolfe, a journalist, essayist, fiction writer, music writer, editor, and designer, discusses her work in fiction and poetry and role in writing and directing two short films.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Released late last summer, Gaffney's When the World Was Young was a Book of the Week selection by Oprah Winfrey's O magazine and Oprah.com. It follows the country's changing physical and emotional landscape after World War II through the eyes and experiences of a girl growing up in Gaffney's hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
Gaffney has worked as an editor for A Public Space since 2006, the year it was founded. Her writing also has appeared in such literary magazines as the Virginia Quarterly Review and North American Review. A former staff editor at the quarterly literary magazine The Paris Review, she has been a resident artist at the Yaddo artists' community in Sarasota, New York; the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and the Blue Mountain Center in upstate New York.
Gaffney is also a part-time lecturer in the School of Writing at The New School in New York City.
The event is part of the Writers at Work series, co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the University of Missouri-Kansas City English Department.
A 6 p.m. reception precedes the presentation. Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.