Join Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld Nov. 16

Nov. 7, 2017

Join Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld Nov. 16
Webster University English Department presents a reading with novelist Curtis Sittenfeld Nov. 16

The Webster University English Department invites you to a reading by Curtis Sittenfeld - a major novelist with international stature who has been getting a lot of press in the last year or two. Sittenfeld's most notable books include Prep, which was lauded by the New York Times as one of their five notable books of fiction for 2005, and Eligible, a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice published in 2016. 

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m., in Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building, 160.

There will be drinks and snacks and books for sale that the author would be happy to sign.

Sittenfeld's reading is part of the English Department's Visiting Writers' Series, which was established in 1986. For more on her works, please visit


Excerpt from ‘Eligible’ 

“But I haven’t told you who’ll be at the barbecue.” From her end of the long oak kitchen table, Mrs. Bennet beamed. “Chip Bingley!”

“The Eligible crybaby?” Lydia said, and Kitty giggled as Lydia added, “I’ve never seen a woman cry as hard as he did in the season finale.”

“What’ s an Eligible crybaby?” Jane asked.

“Oh, Jane,” Liz said. “So innocent and unspoiled. You’ve heard of the reality show Eligible, right?”

Jane squinted.

“He was on it a couple of years ago. He was the guy being lusted after by twenty-five women.”

“I don’t suppose that any of you can appreciate the terror a man might feel being so outnumbered,” Mr. Bennet said. “I often weep, and there are only six of you.”

—from Eligible (Random House 2016) 

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