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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JUNE 21, 2012 9:21AM

The Despair of the War Journalist

Martha Gellhorn (photo by Sarah J. Coleman)

I watched a truly dreadful film on HBO recently, called “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”  Sadly, a more laughable portrayal of the two writers in question cannot be imagined.  This was doubly sad because I am quite a fan of Martha Gellhorn�… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 1:40PM

My Fears Made Manifest

Last week I received a request from one of the chaplains at the nearby hospital to visit a woman suffering from what may well be the last stages of alcoholism.  This was her fourth time in hospital in twelve months.

I admit my heart sank.

Although I am part of a… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 11, 2011 9:25AM

Watch the Birdie . . .

"American Crow" by John James Audubon

One of the greatest habits a writer can develop is that of observation. Observation is a form of discovery — we look at the mundane, the ordinary, and because we pay attention to it we see it in a new way.  A visual artist may… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 9:57AM

Why I Am Against The Death Penalty

Troy Davis

Unless there is a last minute reprieve, Troy Davis will be executed today in Georgia, for a crime he probably didn’t commit.  You can read about his case by clicking here.

Although I generally fight to be optimistic about these things, I feel little optimism today, and altho… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2011 5:10PM

Guest Blog from Cairo – where the youth teach the elders

What follows is an essay sent to me by my friend, Mohamed M. Tawfik.  Tawfik is an Egyptian writer and diplomat. His latest novel to appear in English, Murder in the Tower of Happiness, exposes the level of corruption that prevailed in Egypt in the last few years.Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2011 9:27PM

I Don’t Write To Be Consoled

"Consolaton" by Steven Lavaggi

In Joyce Carol Oates’ new book, “A Widow’s Story” in which she explores grief in the aftermath of her husband’s death, she apparently decides art is a poor consolation.  To be honest, I haven’t read the book, but I t/… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 1, 2010 2:29PM

We are diminished by every broken heart

As many of you know, both my brothers died by suicide, and so, whenever I turn on the news and hear a report of another life being lost to despair and hopelessness, the little shard of ice in my chest which never quite melts, twists a little.

Tyler Clementi, a talented musician

Tyler Clementi, a talented

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 3:23PM

What we talk about when we talk about editors

I teach creative writing in a men’s prison, at monthly workshops in Princeton, and via email.  I’ve taught at universities and writers’ conferences.  Everywhere I teach, and no matter whom I teach, at some point the subject of editors inevitably pops up.

I mentioned to a student r… Read full post »