Lauren B. Davis

Lauren B. Davis
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
September 05
Lauren B. Davis's new novel, OUR DAILY BREAD (HarperCollins Canada, 2012; and Wordcraft of Oregon, 2011), was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and chosen as one of the "Very Best Books of 2011" by The Boston Globe and The Globe & Mail. Her next book, THE EMPTY ROOM, will be published in Canada by HarperCollins Canada in May, 2013. She is also the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, THE RADIANT CITY, (HarperCollins Canada 2005) a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and THE STUBBORN SEASON (Harper Collins Canada, 2002), chosen for the Robert Adams Lecture Series; as well as two collections short stories, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE (Exile Editions, 2008) and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES (Mosaic Press, 2000). Her short fiction has also been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts - 2000 and 2006. Lauren leads a monthly writing workshop in Princeton, New Jersey, teaches creative writing at the A.C. Wagner Correctional Facility, and is a past mentor with the Humber College School for Writers, Toronto, and past Writer-in-Residence at Trinity Church, Princeton. For more information, please visit her website at:


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FEBRUARY 14, 2013 2:37PM

Will I Write Again?

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Perhaps it was Philip Roth's announcement that he's throwing in the pen that got me thinking about retiring from writing, but the thought has been skittering about in the darker corners of my mind over the past few weeks.  It could also be a merely my usual pre-publishing state of mind.  My Best Beloved assures me it is. (Although I have no recollection whatsoever of feeling this way just before my other books were published, when I say this he just chuckles.)

He may be right.  Pre-publishing, by which I mean waiting for reviews (that I always fear may be scalding) and prize lists and sales figures, is a time fraught with neuroses, only to be surpassed by the moment of actual publishing.

However, apparently I'm not the only writer allowing the possibility of hanging up our pencils to slip out from between the book shelves.  Bill Morris write a piece recently talking about it, and looking at some famous writers who pushed themselves away from the blank page.

"The End?" Perhaps one day. . .

So, I'm pondering.

Last year, when my novel, OUR DAILY BREAD, was nominated for the Giller Prize (THRILLING!), the idea flashed through my mind that it might be nice to win (for many reasons), but partly because then I could quit on a high note.  To which I replied, HUH???  Who said that? 



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I've never heard of a writer retiring or taking a vacation. As a writer, your mind is constantly putting together stories or story ideas whether or not it goes in the computer or on the printed page.
Btw, check out my Valentine for the Ladies of Open Salon.
All true, Trudge. So perhaps I'm only dreaming . . . ;-) Thanks for the Valentine!!