Starr Forum: River of Dust

May 10, 2013 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Book talk with Virginia Pye.


About the Author:
Virginia Pye's debut novel, "River of Dust," is an Indie Next Pick for May 2013. Her award-winning short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines. Ms. Pye holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence where she studied with Joan Silber and Allan Gurganus. At Wesleyan, Annie Dillard was her first mentor. She taught writing at New York University, The University of Pennsylvania, and was chair of James River Writers, a literary non-profit in Richmond, Virginia. She has been awarded fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Acadia Summer Arts Program, and has attended the Tin House's Writer's Conference. Her father, Lucian W. Pye, was Ford Professor of Political Science Emeritus at MIT and one of America's leading scholars on China. This event is free and open to the public. 

On the windswept plains of northwestern China in 1910, Mongolian nomads swoop down upon an American missionary couple and kidnap their young child. In this story of retribution, these foreigners search for their lost son in a dangerous land that comes to haunt them and change not just what they believe but who they are.


Co-sponsored by CIS and MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Free & open to the public | Refreshments served