“The Novel” Topic of 2014 Shasha Seminar, April 5-6

More than a dozen authors will speak on "The Novel" during the 2014 Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns.

More than a dozen authors will speak on “The Novel” during the 2014 Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns.

During the 13th annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, Wesleyan faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends have the opportunity to explore issues of global concern in a small seminar environment. This year’s topic is “The Novel.”

The Shasha Seminar will take place April 5-6 on Wesleyan’s campus. Fourteen speakers, including several award-winning novelists and authors, will offer readings from their own work and lead forums on “My First Novel,” “Beyond Genre,” “The Small Press,” “Crime Novels,” “The State of Publishing,” “Great New Writers” and more. View the full program online here.

“This conference on ‘The Novel’ — in all of the novel’s prize-winning glory, and its glorious failures, the tragic and the comic, and all permutations, from graphic to Twitter-written to the genre-bending— is our gift to all the writers and reader in the Wesleyan community,” said Shasha Seminar coordinator Amy Bloom, the Kim-Frank Family University Writer-in-Residence. “If you care about books and want to meet some of America’s greatest writers, April in Middletown turns out to be the place to be.”

Guest speakers include radio host Faith Middleton; novelists/authors Richard McCann, Michael Cunningham, Kelly Link, Bob Bledsoe, Victor LaValle, Chip Delaney, Scott O’Connor, Scott Hutchins, Salvatore Scibona, Chip Delaney, Roxanne Coady; Kit Reed, Wesleyan Writer-in-Residence; and Amy Bloom.

Endowed by James Shasha ’50, P’82, the Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns supports lifelong learning and encourages participants to expand their knoweldge and perspectives on significant issues.

The seminar’s cost is $175 a person. To sign up, click on the REGISTRATION button on the Shasha Seminar website.