Joyce Carol Oates is in town, and yesterday she appeared on Forum, talking to Michael Krasny about “A Widow’s Story,” her memoir on the shock and grief she felt following the sudden death of her husband, Raymond Smith. (Read Oates’ 2010 New Yorker piece about her husband here.)

Afterward, Ms. Oates, a one-time National Book Award winner and six-time nominee, sat down to talk with us about the profound loss people experience at the death of someone close:

I also asked about her about the place of California in America’s literary life; she said she doesn’t really think of different writers as being associated with different places.

Tomorrow night, April 8, San Mateo’s M is For Mystery bookstore will be hosting a reading by Ms. Oates at the Belmont Library.

On April 28, she’ll appear in conversation with Michael Krasny at the University of San Francisco.

On April 29, she’ll be reading at UC Berkeley’s Doe Library.

You can listen to the entire Forum segment with Joyce Carol Oates below:

Video Interview: Joyce Carol Oates on the Profound Loss of Someone Close; Bay Area Reading Schedule 7 April,2011Jon Brooks

  • Joyce Carol Oates will also be appearing on April 28 at the University of San Francisco with Michael Krasny.

    • Jon Brooks

      Missed that one. Thanks will include in the post.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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