Release: Sept. 9, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio — Best-selling author Stephanie Danler, a 2006 graduate of Kenyon College, returns to her alma mater for a reading of her hit novel “Sweetbitter” at 4:10 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Cheever Room of Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin St.
Danler’s novel, set in New York City in 2006, follows the journey of Tess, a young woman struggling to find her identity as a “back waiter” in a bustling Union Square restaurant. Food is a central theme in the novel, and one that Danler, a veteran of the fine dining service industry, handles deftly, earning her nods from Bon Appetit magazine and Epicurious. After Danler’s reading, she will take questions from the audience.
“I knew I wanted to write a female coming-of-age novel,” Danler told Dan Laskin, book editor of the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, in an interview in May. “I wanted to write about that amorphous post-graduate time in a person’s life. I had been working in restaurants for so long; I knew that world intimately. I wanted to show that it was intense and real; it’s not just a transition, a means to an end — it can be the end.”
The explosive popularity of Danler’s debut novel has earned her attention from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Vogue and the Paris Review, among other media outlets. “Sweetbitter” has been named by TIME and Esquire as one of the best books of 2016, and ELLE Magazine declared it one of the buzziest books of 2016, saying, “It’s a book that’ll stay glued to your hands as you race through the pages in one sitting.”
Danler majored in English at Kenyon and earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the New School. She currently is based in Brooklyn, New York.
The event, sponsored by the Kenyon Review, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Abigail Serfass, managing editor of the Kenyon Review, at email@example.com or at 740-427-5389.