Eichler Sessions – April 14
Our third Eichler Session welcomed Garth Greenwell and Mary Rakow on Thursday, April 14 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The conversation was moderated by Samantha Dunn. Photography by Alesia Hsiao.
Garth Greenwell is the author of Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and A Public Space. What Belongs to You is his first novel.
Mary Rakow, Ph.D. comes to fiction from theology with degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Boston College. This Is Why I Came has been described as a “Blakean tour de force,” “rapturously beautiful, tender, complex,” “a book of questions, a book of doors” receiving strong reviews in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Ploughshares and selected by O Magazine as one of “16 Books to Start 2016 off Right.”
Samantha Dunn is an editor at Coast Magazine. Her debut novel, Failing Paris, was a finalist for the PEN Center Fiction Award. Her memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life rose to bestseller lists in Los Angeles and San Francisco and her second memoir, Faith in Carlos Gomez, has been in production at Lifetime Television. Sam’s work is widely anthologized, including the short story collection, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited. Her essays have appeared in numerous national publications such as O (Oprah) Magazine, Ms., and Salon. She teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Eichler Sessions are a series of conversations with creative pioneers hosted in historic Eichler homes. During the early 1950s, award-winning homebuilder Joseph Eichler influenced the face of American architecture by developing distinctive residential subdivisions of Mid-Century modern style tract housing. The City of Orange is the site of 350 of the 600 Southern California Eichlers.