Brad Watson (1955, Mississippi) is the author of two collections of stories and two novels, The Heaven of Mercury, and Miss Jane. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, and Electric Literature, among other publications. Miss Jane was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award and the 2017 Welcome Book Prize, won the Harper Lee Award, and has been a favorite of booksellers across the United States. Watson teaches at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.(2018)
Archive available for: Brad Watson
What does America represent these days? Now that truth and fiction are blurring more and more, and moral limits are being transgressed daily, what values does this country stand for? "Morality, Truth and Fiction in America" was the topic of a conversation between Bas Heijne and Assistant professor Markha Valenta and the most exciting American author Brad Watson.
Brad Watson's Miss Jane takes place in Mississippi. The novel covers the life of "Miss" Jane, a woman with a birth defect that prevents her from living a "normal" life. Yet she still wants to do the things everyone else does, and Watson thus calls attention to just what it is that is considered a "normal life."
A way to approach reality. A story that provides a way to contemplate what it means to be an American today.
Note: Ottessa Moshfegh would originally participate in this programme. She was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness.
B-Unlimited: Markha Valenta, Brad Watson & Bas Heijne
Morality, Truth and Fiction in America | Writers Unlimited
Wednesday 19 September20.30-22.00 hrs
Program compiled by Toef Jaeger (Writers Unlimited)
Book sales: Van Stockum Boekverkopers
Central Library, Studio B, Spui 68, The Hague