Event Reports

Event Report – Lydia Millet

Event Report On October 23, 2008, novelist Lydia Millet read to an audience of about 65 people in Neville 100 for the fifth event of the Fall 2008 season (see preview here). Dave Kress introduced the half-hour-long set in which Millet read from her novel How the Dead Dream, the first of a planned three-book series. Afterward, Millet fielded questions from audience members.

Documentation An mp3 recording was made using an Audio-technical condenser Lo-Z AT835b microphone attached to a Marantz PMD660 Portable Solid State Recorder. The event was also recorded on digital video tape. Click images below to enlarge.

Set List compiled by Katie Lattari

Introduction by Dave Kress
Reading by Lydia Millet

Excerpt from the first chapter of the novel How the Dead Dream


1] Does the main character [of How the Dead Dream] follow along the same sort of path as Milo from Catch-22?
2] Do you know the bit from Walt Whitman about turning to/ toward the animals? If so, does this mindset inform your writing?
3] Do you have children?
4] Is this book part of a series?
5] Do you find the themes of capitalism and money in your books particularly topical given the financial crisis going on currently in this country?
6] Do you find the money aspect or the animal aspect more preferable [in the context of your book]?
7] Did you know this book was going to be part of a series from the start?
8] Would you say your novels are more concerned with plot or with character?
9] Do you think you would write differently if you didn’t have the pressure of your novels having to sell well and be liked?
10] Do you fight with your publisher much about your books, and in particular that you wanted to write a series?
11] How do you find time to write?
12] Have you seen the publishing industry change over your career as a writer?
13] When you first started writing and publishing, how wide was your distribution?
14] Can you talk about your personal relationship with animals and how that affects your writing?

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