Author Explores Literary Time Travel in the Clark’s Free Windows on the Past Series

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October 07, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Clark’s free Windows on the Past writers series continues on Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 pm with Emily Fox Gordon discussing her memoir about growing up in Williamstown, Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered, which has been called “dazzling in its cool, clear-eyed, unsentimental vision” (Boston Globe).

Are You Happy? is an evocation of a peculiar and paradoxical kind of happiness—the happiness of an unhappy child. Gordon’s early life was "a succession of moments of radiant apprehension." Growing up in Williamstown in the fifties, she spent her days rambling through woods and meadows, rattling around in the basements of college buildings and dropping in on student acquaintances via the fire escapes of dormitories. She was free to be alone with her thoughts, to mumble observations and descriptions as she cultivated the writer's lifelong habit of translating experience into words. In the hands of this exceptional stylist and rigorous, elegant thinker, we understand how happiness can be recaptured through telling the story of its loss.

Emily Fox Gordon is the author of four books, Mockingbird Years: A Life in and Out of Therapy, Are You Happy? A Childhood Remembered, It Will Come To Me, and Book of Days: Personal Essays. Her work has appeared in such journals as Boulevard, Salmagundi, The American Scholar and the Southwest Review, and many of her essays have been anthologized. She has taught writing workshops at Rice University, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, The New School, the University of Wyoming and Houston's writing organization, Inprint. Her work has received two Pushcart Prizes and her memoir Mockingbird Years was a New York Times Notable Book.

The Windows on the Past series concludes on October 30 with Jim Shepard reading from his latest book of stories, You Think That’s Bad.

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October 23: The Clark’s free Windows on the Past writers series continues on Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 pm with Emily Fox Gordon discussing her memoir about growing up in Williamstown, Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered, which has been called “dazzling in its cool, clear-eyed, unsentimental vision” (Boston Globe). The Windows on the Past series concludes on October 30 with Jim Shepard reading from his latest book of stories, You Think That’s Bad. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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