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National Book Award Winner Sigrid Nunez to Headline Carver Series Feb. 13

Bestselling novelist will read from "The Friend," an "acerbic meditation on loss and love"

Feb. 11, 2019, by Robert M Enslin

Sigird Nunez (Photo by Marion Ettlinger)
Sigird Nunez (Photo by Marion Ettlinger)

The Raymond Carver Reading Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a program by novelist Sigrid Nunez, the Spring Visiting Writer in Syracuse’s top-ranked M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Sciences.  

The 2018 National Book Award winner will participate in a Q&A session from 3:45-4:30 p.m. and then will read some of her original work from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Both events take place in Gifford Auditorium of Huntington Beard Crouse Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sarah Harwell G’05, associate director of the M.F.A. program, at 315.443.2174 or

Nunez will draw mostly from “The Friend” (Riverhead Books, 2018), centering on a lonely woman who inherits, after the suicide of a friend, his Great Dane.

The New York Times describes the bestseller as a “sometimes acerbic meditation on loss and love,” highlighting the author's interest in animals. “The Friend” also explores isues of sexual harassment and assault.

The New York City native is the author of five other novels, as well as “Sempre Susan” (Riverhead, 2014), a memoir of her friendship with writer Susan Sontag.

Each year, the Carver Reading Series presents 12-14 prominent writers who, as part of their mini-residencies, interact with members of an undergraduate creative writing course led by TAs in the M.F.A. program.

The series’ namesake refers to the legendary poet and short story writer who taught at Syracuse in the 1980s.