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In books, there is often the issue of time to contend with—past, present, future. Characters typically have an implied amount of time behind them in addition to a story in front of them. As a writer, how can you best manage all that time and history? How do you set up limitations so that all of time is not your responsibility, or so that only a specific time is your responsibility? We will read a selection of short stories and novel excerpts that explore time management through objects.
Heidi Julavits is the author of four critically acclaimed novels (The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace) and co-editor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. Her most recent book The Folded Clock: a diary, was published in 2015 to widespread acclaim. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She's a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan, where she teaches at Columbia University. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine.