On Wednesday, September 20 at 7 p.m., at Sharp Chapel on the TU campus, Tom Perrotta, the bestselling author of Election and Little Children will be reading from his latest book, Mrs. Fletcher. Both Election and Little Children were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers was adapted into a Peabody Award-winning HBO television series.
BookSmart Tulsa, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and The University of Tulsa Department of English are hosting the event. Jeff Martin, the founder of BookSmart said, “I’ve been trying to get Tom to Tulsa for well over a decade. I’ve been a fan since I was in high school. And that relationship has matured as his work has progressed. Tom writes books about how we live now. Who we are. He has tapped into that same thing Jane Austen and Charles Dickens found. A way to express the human condition through words. It’s a gift.”
Ranging from topics on high school student council elections to an apocalyptic world, Perrotta has written five other fiction books: Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher and Nine Inches.
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing-Fiction, Keija Parssinen said, “He’s a huge talent whose books quickly become a part of popular culture, and I’m sure students will enjoy talking with him about his writing, as well as the movies and TV shows that have been made out of his books.”
Praise for Tom Perrotta:
“Tom Perrotta is a truth-telling, unshowy chronicler of modern-day America.”—New York Times Book Review
“Perrotta is that rare combination: a satirist with heart…Those who haven’t curled up on the couch with this writer’s books are missing a very great pleasure.”—Seattle Times
“He’s the Steinbeck of suburbia.” —Time
“Our Balzac of the burbs.” —Chicago Sun Times
“An American Chekov.” —New York Times Book Review
“…Prose so affable that the pages keep turning without hesitation. With Perrotta at the controls, you buy the set-up and sit back as he takes off.” —Chicago Sun Times