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Award-Winning Writer Peter Selgin to present at Georgia Writers Museum

October 15, 2021 - 00:00
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“Darkly exuberant and completely riveting,” and “a hall-of-mirrors metafictional masterpiece” are reviews that perfectly describe Peter Selgin’s newest book, Duplicity.

Peter will be the featured speaker at the “Meet the Author” combination live and online event at Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. Donations to the museum are appreciated and help keep programs like this free to the public. Peter will speak about Duplicity, a finalist for the 2020 Elixir Press Book Prize, the 2020 Steel Toe Boots Book Prize, and the 2019 CRAFT First Chapter Contest. Advanced registration is requested online at www. georgiawritersmuseum. org for this intriguing and entertaining event.

Duplicity begins with the character Stewart Detweiler “dispatched by their mother to learn why his estranged twin brother Gregory (or “Brock Jones, Ph.D.,” as he’s known to fans of his bestselling self-help book, Coffee, Black) has disappeared. Stewart drives 1,500 miles to find his twin hanging from a ceiling beam in their deceased father’s lakeside A-frame. But instead of reporting him dead, Stewart decides to become him. As he sees it, he’s not taking his brother’s life; he’s saving it. In turn, he will at last gain an audience for his novel-in-perpetual-progress, the plot of which bears an uncanny resemblance to this one. At first, Stewart’s plan goes smoothly. But before long, the motives behind his brother’s suicide emerge, pointing to intrigue, extortion, and desperate measures taken with disastrous results. The bonds of family; success and failure; philosophy and quantum mechanics; the ways in which we can - and cannot - rewrite our own lives: Duplicity weaves all these together while vivisecting its own genre.

Peter is the winner of countless writing awards. His early book, Drowning Lessons, won the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His later novel, The Water Master, won the 2011 William Faulkner-William Wisdom prize for best novel. His non-fiction book, The Inventors, was the 2017 winner of the Housatonic Book Award. As a playwright, Peter has been a three-time finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference Award. His stage drama, A God in the House, won the Mill Mountain Theatre New Plays Competition (1990). Beyond writing, Peter’s illustrations and paintings have been featured in The New Yorker, Gourmet, Fine Gardening, The Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.

Peter attended Pratt Institute, where he studied film, theater, and visual art. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Connecticut State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the New School University. As of 2021, he is an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Georgia College & State University. He previously taught creative writing at Antioch College, Montclair State University, and New York University.

Contact Georgia Writers Museum (www. georgiawritersmuseum. org) to register for this intriguing and entertaining event.

Georgia Writers Museum is dedicated to inspiring today’s writers and readers, and celebrating Georgia’s literary heritage by exploring the history and life stories of local writers Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Flannery O’Connor (A Good Man is Hard to Find) and Joel Chandler Harris (Brer Rabbit Folktales), along with others in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Currently, small group tours are available by appointment. Admission to the museum is free; the museum relies on donations from guests and supporters to deliver quality programming, exhibits and classes. To learn more, visit www. georgiawritersmuseum.com, Facebook: georgiawritersmuseum, and Instagram: georgiawritersmuseum8.