BELFAST — The public is invited to a free author talk and signing by author Stephen McCauley, Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m., at Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast,
McCauley, who is celebrating the recent paperback release of My Ex-Life, is the author of six previous novels, many of which have been national bestsellers. Three of his novels have been made into films, including The Object of My Affection starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.
McCauley, who grew up outside of Boston, had long harbored a desire to write “but rarely talked about it,” he said, in a news release, “mostly because it seemed like an audacious ambition.”
He enrolled in the MFA writing program at Columbia University in the 1980s and says that being in graduate school gave him the structure and excuse he needed to begin writing more seriously.
At the suggestion of a teacher who advised, “Just drop your bucket over the side and see what comes up,” McCauley submitted his first draft of The Object of My Affection as his thesis. His teacher sent it to an agent and shortly afterwards it was accepted by Simon and Schuster; six months later, 20th Century Fox bought an option for the film rights and McCauley’s life as a novelist was launched.
He has taught at UMass, Wellesley College and Harvard; currently, he co-directs the creative writing program at Brandeis University.
McCauley is a “pretty slow and self-conscious sort of writer and, despite [his] best efforts, there’s been a gap of four or five years between books,” according to the release. “The isolation and self-discipline writing demands doesn’t come easily to me, and so teaching has become a welcome (though time-consuming) part of my work life.”
In addition to My Ex-Life and The Object of My Affection, McCauley’s novels include The Easy Way Out, The Man of the House, True Enough, Alternatives to Sex, and Insignificant Others.
In France, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, and two of his novels were made into films there.
Reservations are strongly encouraged for this special event, according to Left Bank Books, in the release.
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Left Bank Books to reserve a seat.
Left Bank Books, which is celebrating its 15th birthday this August, is located at 109 Church St. in downtown Belfast, in the historic Opera House building. Ample parking is available on the street and in an adjacent public parking lot.