Q and A

David Vann, the prize-winning author of Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island joined us for our latest Question and Answer session on

Wednesday 23rd March.


David Vann’s short stories have been published in Atlantic Monthly, Writer’s Digest, and The Sunday Times, and his work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  In 2010, his story ‘It’s Not Yours’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.


Vann has taught Creative Writing at Stanford University, Cornell University,and San Francisco State University. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco and Visiting Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand, from where he joined us.


What the reviewers say

“Transfixing and unflinching … full of finely realized moments … Comparison with Cormac McCarthy is fully justified.”—Times Literary Supplement (UK)


“David Vann’s extraordinary and inventive set of fictional variations on his father’s death will surely become an American classic.” — The Times Literary Supplement, Books of the Year 2009


“His legend is at once the truest memoir and the purest fiction…Nothing quite like this book has been written before.” — The London Observer


Listen to David Vann read ‘It’s Not Yours’



Q & A Archive

Adam Marek – October 2010

Robert Shearman – November 2010

Tania Hershman – February 2011

David Vann – March 2011


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