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I apologize for being a bit late on this but regardless, it's interesting to see Susan included in such an event!

V-Day (Victory, Valentine and Vagina) is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler's award winning play, "The Vagina Monologues."
Tickets are on sale now for the April 3 through 5 performances at Maine Coast Book Store, Damariscotta, for "The Vagina Monologues" and "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer."

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.00 for all seats.
The 10-year anniversary events will include three nights of spectacular performances, including a special one-night only production of "The Vagina Monologues" on Thursday, April 3 at the Lincoln Theater.

Part two of this anniversary event will feature the local premiere of "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer"

Friday, April 4 and Saturday,

April 5 at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta.

The performances will feature new works by these contributing writers: Edward Albee; Tariq Ali; Erin Cressida Wilson; Michael Cunningham; Ariel Dorfman; Edwidge Danticat; Michael Eric Dyson; Eve Ensler; Carol Gilligan; Suheir Hammad; Carol Kaplan; Michael Klein; Deborah Copaken Kagan; Nicholas Kristof; Mark Matousek; Susan Miller; Susan Minot; Robin Morgan; Kathy Najimy; Lynn Nottage; Anna Deavere Smith; Alice Walker; Jody Williams and Howard Zinn.


Snippets to satiate

Susan Minot discusses Evening on
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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Friday, March 28 | DANIEL MENAKER: FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK -- For more than 30 years, Daniel Menaker has worked with such writers as Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan, Michael Cunningham, Susan Minot, Gary Shteyngart, Colum McCann, Elizabeth Strout, and Benjamin Kunkel, among others. He discusses what an editor looks for in terms of originality, energy, and insight as he reads fiction by newcomers.11 a.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection


Literary panels are $25 for a one-day pass, or $60 for a full festival pass ($50 for students, teachers and senior citizens).

Master classes may be taken individually for $25 or as a complete series for $175; full series fee includes a festival panel pass.

Sunday music events are $10 each, or $25 for a one-day pass
Theater, music and special event pricing is listed separately.

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Happy New Year

A lovely article that mentions and quotes Susan, The Writer's Brush. The article's name is taken from a coffee table book that features the paintings of writers who create fine art. The paintings (not from the book) are currently on display in Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow St., Cambridge, MA, through January 15. This particular article also includes a video report showing Susan with her watercolors (roughly two minutes in)!

Novelist Susan Minot carries a handy-dandy, purse-sized water color kit just about everywhere she goes.  She lives on an island off the coast of Maine. Often, she paints the same scenes, near her home, over and over.

"Sometimes when I'm feeling a little burnt out with writing, it's a pleasure," Minot said. "You know it's never something i feel, 'Oh, I better go do that,' which is what writing sometimes has become, because it's what I'm supposed to be doing."

Like many artist/writers, Minot studied painting seriously and wanted to paint, but needed to write, though she finds one influences the other.

"I might describe a scene in a painterly way, but that's because I like to paint. I'm very visually oriented."

She's almost superstitious about sharing her writing with people until it's published. But because painting is more like playing to her, Minot is comfortable showing off the piles of playing card-sized notebooks she's filled over the years.

"They are like visual diaries," she said. "Here is a writer's world through painter's eyes."

A few more screen-shots from the video:

Shelf Life, another article on the same show

And lastly, a search for Susan on YouTube.  Nothing spectacular, an interview with Lajos Koltai as well as a home-made trailer for Rapture!


If you live in Michigan you can take advantage of  "Book and a Movie: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 PM - Book night; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Movie night, presented by Lawrence Marble. First read and discuss the book, then watch the movie (Rated PG). All ages welcome. Evening by Susan Minot."  Details here.

The Hollywood saga of Evening by Susan Minot

What happens when one award-winning author is called in to rescue another’s languishing film adaptation? Martyn Palmer investigates

Bedtime Stories
, regarding Rapture

Evening is now available for purchase on DVD.



Some tidbits for your Tuesday mid-morning.

An article that mentions Rapture as one of writer Jay McInerney's favorite erotic novels.

The Good Life on the Big Bad Salmon in Condé Nast Traveler, by Susan:

From (includes a bio in French):

From Steffen Thalemann Photography:

Susan wrote this for Ms. Magazine:

Since I'm assuming others will take along the favorite classics, I would take with me the less-often chosen short stories of Flannery O'Connor, the stories of John O'Hara, and those of Franz Kafka. O'Connor to cover the American South and the questions of grace and morality, which she does with so sharp and unyielding an eye. O'Hara to capture the seedy underside of urban life and suburbia, which he does by tuning his unerring ear to the power and humor of sex. And Kafka, because his sense of the absurd has been such a bright and influential light in twentieth-century literature that he would pretty much cover the rest. His light would be welcome in this next darkness.

And I'm not entirely sure but this could be from Poems 4 a.m.:

My Husband's Back — by Susan Minot

Sunday evening.
Breakdown hour. Weeping into
a pot of burnt rice. Sun dimmed
like a light bulb gone out
behind a gray lawn of snow.
The baby flushed with the flu
asleep on a pillow.
The fire won't catch.
The wet wood's caked
with ice. Sitting
on the couch my spine
collides with all its bones
and I watch my husband
peer past the glass grate
and blow.
His back in a snug plaid shirt
gray and white
leaning into the woodstove
is firm and compact
like a young man's back.

And the giant world which swirls
in my head
stopping most thought
suddenly ceases
to spin. It sits
right there, the back I love,
animal and gamine, leaning
on one arm.
I could crawl on it forever
the one point in the world
turns out
I have travelled everywhere
to get to
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Photos, Print & Audio

Some gifts.  I'm not going to post any more Evening related reviews.  You can find plenty of those on your own and after all, this is about her, not it.  Of course, you are always welcome and encouraged to post your own findings, reviews or otherwise.

The Cinema Society hosts the New York Premiere of 'Evening' held at the Chelsea West Theatre - Arrivals.  Larger versions can be found here.

Apparently, Susan has a brother named Sam who has also written.  In 'The Strange Poverty of the Rich: Accounts of a Transient Artist's Life' he mentions Susan and her tentatively named upcoming piece, My Life With No One, inspired by him.  He writes, "She divulged that it was about a male artist who lives a wandering existence who lives a wandering existence." 

A young man from a wealthy New England family attends private schools, goes to a Prep School, and as a teenager becomes disenchanted with his background. Embarrassed by the materialistic people he sees around him, he takes himself out of this protected lifestyle and spirals into an odyssey of poverty that is compounded by his compulsive behavior patterns with gambling, alcohol and other drugs. A personal revolution takes place that leads him to a sanctuary within the eye of his own storm where he finds salvation and meaning as an artist.

It appears that you can read the entire book here. The book is 128 pages and also available for purchase.

Lastly, an interview with Susan and Eliza on the topic of siblings. You you can listen to the audio here.


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I recently stumbled on Karen Kuehn's photography online and saw amongst the writers she's photographed, Susan! You can inquire about prints of this for purchase by emailing her at, although a statement on her site reads:

I have had many requests for prints of my work. Some folks are collectors and others just feel a connection to a particular image or person photographed. I wanted to accommodate those folks who cannot afford a silver print and yet would like something of high quality. Almost all of my images are available in the form of an Epson art print. These prints are really quite beautiful and I have picked a fiber paper that feels like a smooth watercolor paper. I have had no complaints and or returns. I stand by the quality of my work and want happy buyers.

Most of my silver prints start at $1000 per print and are editions. I make the Epson prints for $500 per image on 11x14 archival paper, filling the space as much as possible, usually with a full frame border. Please contact me direct about any Epson prints and any questions regarding silver prints.

Thank you for your interest.

Karen Kuehn

Separate from the above, you can purchase Pamela Hanson's photo book with a forward by Susan, here.
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Upcoming Works

Still quite a few reviews for the film adaptation of Evening, you can browse them here. I'd like to try a different angle with this post, news on Susan!

Due out this year in October (according to, It's Complicated: The American Teenager. Susan Minot shares the role of author with Dr. Robert Coles and photographer Robin Bowman. I am very curious to what extent she has contributed. I'll keep you updated as I find more tidbits on this.

Robin Bowman's five-year journey into the heart of teenage America created a series of 414 "collaborative portraits," wherein she shares her discoveries of a generation now coming of age. In searing and intimate photographs, presented alongside the young people's voices of passion, pride, embarrassment, lust, pain, bewilderment, anxiety, joy, uncertainty, and rage, the book charts the coming of age of the largest generation in America-77 million strong-in every region of the country and every socioeconomic group: from a Texas debutante to teenage gang members in New York City, from a drag queen in Georgia to a coal miner in West Virginia.

Bowman's intimate photographs ask us to reconcile preconceived ideas and stereotypes of teenagers with the diversity of individuals in the portraits. This book and the traveling exhibition it accompanies are about the inside lives of these kids and how they see their reality in their own voices.

And something entertaining that I came across from The New York Review of Books. This drawing originally appeared with The Art of Losing.

Susan Minot by David Levine