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MILLHAUSERWATCH: Millhauser Story Featured in New Yorker

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Steven Millhauser has a new story in this week’s New Yorker. It’s called “A Voice in the Night,” and it’s essentially a bunch of brief anecdotes spanning history, all framed by the biblical story of Samuel. It’s well worth a read if you’re a fan of Millhauser’s writing (and even if you’re not). It’s also free on The New Yorker site.

Can’t argue with that. Take a break and enjoy.

(via The New Yorker)

MILLHAUSERWATCH: Story Adapted for Upcoming Film, Moonrise Kingdom Girl to Star

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Positively enchanting!

An indie film adaptation of Steven Millhauser’s 1994 short story, “Sisterhood of the Night,” is currently in pre-production, and word is that Moonrise Kingdom-champion Kara Hayward has signed on to star.

Sisterhood of the Night is directed and written by first-timers Caryn Waechter and Marilyn Fu, and tells the story of a suburban New Jersey girl* who discovers a secret society of teenaged witches and causes scandalous uproar. The film is essentially a modern-day retelling of the Salem witch trials with Carly Rae Jepsen and muploads. It’s like The Crucible…IN REVERSE.

The film was entirely crowd-funded through Kickstarter, with the production team raising around $130,000 over the course of thirty-six days. That’s not really that much in the grand scheme of filmmaking, but—all things considered–it’s pretty remarkable.

This will be Millhauser’s second foray into Hollywood, after his short story “Eiseinheim the Illusionist” was adapted into the critically-acclaimed, The Illusionist in 2006. But unless you’re a freshman/prospective student, you already knew that.

*Or, Every-Girl-at-Skidmore.
(via IMDBKickstarter, Deadline)

MILLHAUSER WATCH: Millhauser Reading at Saratoga Public Library

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Tomorrow night, Steven Millhauser will read a selection of his work at Saratoga Springs Public Library. Millhauser recently won the 2012 Story Prize for his short story collection We Others, blah blah blah, he wrote the story The Illusionist is based on, blah blah blah, everyone knows this already. He’s a great writer and you will be enriching your mind if you attend.

 Thursday October 4, 7:30pm @ H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library 

(via Saratoga Springs Public Library)

MILLHAUSER WATCH: Steven Millhauser Wins 2012 Story Prize

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The illest

Skidmore’s favored son and published author, Steven Millhauser, has won the 2012 Story Prize for short fiction for his collection We Others, beating out uninspired losers Don DeLillo and Edith Pearlman. With this and his 1997 Pulitzer under his belt, now all he has to do is win the upcoming PEN/Faulkner to become the Secretariat of liberal arts professors.

Also, he won $20,000 with the prize, so if you’re hard up for cash, direct your petitions to the third floor of Palamountain.

MILLHAUSER WATCH: Millhauser to Give Fiction Reading

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tonight, literary giant and Burgess patron Steven Millhauser will give a reading from his new book, We Others. In case you forgot/aren’t an English major, the collection of short stories has been getting laudatory press since its release last September. It’s been shortlisted for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as the less prestigious (but weirdly more lucrative) Story Prize.

The reading will probably fill up mad fast, so I’d get there early.

Tuesday, March 6 in Davis Auditorium @ 8pm

MILLHAUSER WATCH: Millhauser Nominated for PEN/Faulkner Award

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Skidmore’s patron saint of English majors, Steven Millhauser, has been getting a lot of press recently, after his most recent collection of short stories, We Others, was released last September to rave reviews. Now, he’s been nominated for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, alongside such luminaries as Don DeLillo, Russell Banks, Anita Desai, and Julie Otsuka.

The PEN/Faulkner is a pretty big deal for American writers, and We Others was one of five books chosen out of 300 submitted works. So congratulations to Millhauser, and here’s hoping he wins on March 26.

Millhauser in the New Yorker (Again)

Monday, November 7th, 2011

"Miracle Polish"

Mr. Prolific himself, Steven Millhauser, has written a new story for this week’s New Yorker, entitled “Miracle Polish.” It’s great, as per usual.

Not much more to add other than a strongly emphasized check it out. It’s a nice break from homework/waiting for the pilot episode of Hell on Wheels to load.

Happy Sunday, I guess.

Millhauser Collection Lauded by Book People

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Doesn't this remind you of Goosebumps?

Some very impressive things are being said about Steven Millhauser’s “We Others,” the latest offering from the prolific writer and Skidmore professor. Both Jonathan Lethem (in the New York Times) and Michael Dirda (in the Washington Post) have written celebratory reviews of the short story collection, which includes works both old and new and seems like a decent introduction for those unfamiliar with the author’s bibliography.

In 1997, Millhauser’s novel Martin Dressler won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which—in the words of our vice president—is a big fucking deal. He is regularly featured in The New Yorker and his widely acclaimed short story, “Eisenheim the Illusionist,” was later adapted into the 2006 film The Prestige The Illusionist.

So if you see Millhauser around campus and you’re looking for an excuse to talk to him and maybe cultivate a Finding Forrester-like relationship, bringing up his new book is the perfect opener. I still haven’t worked up the courage to tell Steve Stern how much I enjoyed The Frozen Rabbi (I really did, Professor Stern!).

Cynthia Ozick Reads Steven Millhauser So You Don’t Have To

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The New Yorker’s Fiction & Poetry section—any English major’s ultimate object of lust and badge of seriousness—has a nifty little podcast that is great to listen to while walking to school or shoveling the driveway and NOW CONTAINS MORE SKIDMORE.

In the podcast’s December 17th edition Cynthia Ozick reads “In the Reign of Harad IV,” by Skidmore English professor Steven Millhauser, and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.

The story originally appeared in Millhauser’s most recent short story collection Dangerous Laughter and can be effectively used as a conversation starter tonight at D-Hall.

Millhauser Returns To The New Yorker

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I'm probably going to win the cartoon caption contest this week also

Enigmatic Skidmore professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Millhauser has a short story called Getting Closer in this week’s New Yorker magazine.

Millhauser’s fiction has deservedly found its way into the magazine before and many of his stories remain available to non-subscribers. In 1997 his novel Martin Dressler won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and his most recent collection of short fiction Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories made the New York Times Book Review‘s list of “10 Best Books of 2008” as chosen by the paper’s editors.  Millhauser is the The Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters and will be teaching two writing workshops this upcoming semester.