Everyone loves a great story. That was the resounding message of this year’s Narrative Night, when Narrative’s friends and family gathered to celebrate eleven years of reading and writing in the digital age. The night began with a warm welcome from Narrative’s cofounders, Carol Edgarian and Tom Jenks. Traci Des Jardins and her staff at Jardinière provided a sublime dinner and kept the wine flowing while we enjoyed readings from established masters and rising stars. Tobias Wolff read from his new novel. Narrative Prize winner Anthony Marra introduced this year’s Narrative Prize winner, Kristin Valdez Quade. Lynn Freed had everyone in stitches. Dexter and Nurse Jackie showrunner Clyde Phillips told secrets from the writing room. And Susan Orlean closed out the night with a bang, reading an unforgettable story about firing a gun at a wedding. In short, it was the perfect night to revel in the many ways that stories inspire, enliven, and tickle us in all the right places.
Narrative Night Authors
Listen to Susan Orlean reading at Narrative Night 2014: