Lauren Groff


Author Lauren Groff to headline 15th annual Clemson Literary Festival

Literary darling Lauren Groff is headlining the 15th annual Clemson Literary Festival. Groff, a three-time National Book Award finalist, will read and discuss her work at 8 p.m. March 31 at Clemson’s Self Auditorium. The public is invited to Groff’s talk and to all Clemson Lit Fest events, which...
Colorado State University

Authors Lauren Groff and Paisley Rekdal to visit CSU campus Feb. 24

In partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Colorado State University Libraries, the Department of English is hosting authors Paisley Rekdal and Lauren Groff on Feb. 24. They will both be reading from their own works in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.
The New Yorker

Lauren Groff Reads “Annunciation”

Listen to this story Content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You Listen. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. Lauren Groff reads her story “Annunciation,” from the...
The New Yorker

Lauren Groff on California and Fairy Tales

This week’s story, “Annunciation,” takes place primarily in Northern California. How important to the story is the setting?. I’ve lived in Northern California twice in my life, both times in an attempt to change myself radically. One summer in college, I dropped everything, flew out to San Francisco, lived in a youth hostel in Chinatown, and worked at the Macy’s in Union Square. I wanted to believe that I was considering not going back to college, but I was too much of a good student to drop out, and anyway found myself too chilly and lonely by the end of the summer to stay. The second time was after graduation, and my now husband and I lived in a converted pool house not unlike the one in the story, sharing the tiny space with a rescue Shar Pei that had such severe separation anxiety, he twice jumped through closed windows and we had to follow a trail of blood to get him back. I had so much energy then that I had to expend it by training for marathons up in the hills. I associate the place with a high emotional pitch and an extreme feeling of freedom, which is to say that the setting is the story to me.
Literary Hub

Lauren Groff on Yūko Tsushima’s Quietly Defiant Sensualities

At dawn one hot August morning, a young woman in labor walks down a dim alleyway in Tokyo. Her name is Takiko Odaka, and she is unmarried and determined to make her way to the hospital alone. When she stops to let a contraction pass, “The pain made her think of the pressure of ocean depths. She had heard that when a deep-sea fish is hauled rapidly to the surface the change in pressure causes its body to blow up and burst like a balloon. She felt exactly as if such a deep-sea fish were in her belly. It seemed to want to bring all the surrounding pressure to bear on its small body until it hardened and sank, deeper and deeper. She must stay quite still and withstand the pressure or her own body would be sucked down by it too.” Takiko waits patiently until the pain leaves her, then she strides on. Within moments, she is repaid for her endurance with great beauty: “As she turned to the right, all of her was bathed in the direct light of the morning sun for the first time that day. It was a dazzling light. The city streets spread out at her feet and the dawn sky spread above, faintly pink . . . No one was aware of her joy at this instant—not her mother, not her father, not a soul. She didn’t think there could be any moment more luxurious than this.”

Likely Stories : Matrix, by Lauren Groff

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Fates and Furies and Florida. Her latest novel is Matrix. This terrific novel demonstrates the raw power of female creativity in a corrupt world.

Author Lauren Groff to give public lecture at Notre Dame

Lauren Groff’s bestselling historical novel “Matrix” captures a medieval world that University of Notre Dame Program of Liberal Studies assistant professor Katie Bugyis has always imagined. “It’s an extraordinary gift,” said Bugyis, a historian of Christian theology and liturgical practice who reconstructs the lived experiences of religious women in the...

Portland Book Festival: Rita Dove, Qian Julie Wang, and Lauren Groff discuss home and identity

Logging into the Literary Arts virtual streaming platform Wednesday for Portland Book Festival’s author discussion themed “Home,” I was met with a bright red graphics screen displaying the festival logo. In the chat, things were already getting festive. More than 25 people from locations including Portland, Eastern Oregon, Kansas, Michigan, Texas, California, Washington, and Alaska were busy boasting about books they were reading, sharing their location, and taking part in exuberant side conversations within the thread.