Hartford, Connecticut, February 22, 2016 – The Allan K. Smith Reading Series at Trinity College began its spring semester on February 10 with a reading by Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. Crosley read from her debut novel, The Clasp, which she said is an homage to Guy de Maupassant’s short story, The Necklace. The story follows three estranged friends who end up in France at a crisis point in each of their young lives.
Trinity College Assistant Professor of English Ethan Rutherford introduced Crosley before the reading. Rutherford and Crosley had previously worked together as publicists at Vintage Books. Rutherford told the audience he's long been excited to read The Clasp – Crosley’s first novel – and was hooked within the first few pages.
Crosley is a New York Times bestselling essayist, and she has taught creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Columbia University. She has also written an e-book called Up the Down Volcano and served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing Series. Universal Studios has optioned The Clasp as a film project, for which Crosley will write the screenplay. Crosley has made guest appearances on television shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."
Listen to a podcast of Crosley's reading on SoundCloud or iTunes, or see the video below.
The spring schedule for the Allan K. Smith Reading Series features more renowned authors. Chilean novelist and poet Alejandro Zambra, author of Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, and Bonsai, comes to campus on March 1. Tom Sleigh, author of Kingsley Tufts Award winner Space Walk, shares his experiences as a writer on March 24. Kiran Desai, author of The Inheritance of Loss, visits campus on April 12. Her book won the Man Booker Prize and the fiction award from the National Book Critics Circle. On April 14, the series will host a South Asian Writers’ Panel featuring Amitava Kumar, Uzma Aslam Khan, and Samrat Upadhyay.
The Allan K. Smith Reading Series events take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Smith House, located at 123 Vernon Street on the Trinity College campus. All readings are free and open to the public, and are followed by a reception and book signing.
Written by Liz A. Boyhan ’18