Multi-prizewinning novelist Joyce Carol Oates has just published a new short-story collection that’s generating plenty of buzz in literary circles: Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense. The title story is her homage to the eldritch horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft; the volume of six new works also includes Eleven A.M., 1926, Oates’ contribution to a writing challenge to imagine the backstories behind iconic paintings by Edward Hopper. Reveling in the uncanny and richly in conversation with other creative minds, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense stands at the crossroads of sex, violence and longing and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves.
On Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m., the Golden Notebook will host Joyce Carol Oates at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, where she will read selections from this taut new collection. A seat for this event can be reserved by purchasing a copy of Night-Gaunts (or another Oates title) at the Golden Notebook at 29 Tinker Street in Woodstock or online via www.goldennotebook.com. Remaining available seats will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event.