Paul Harding and Melissa Pritchard sit down with Shelf Unbound for two illuminating conversations about the art of storytelling—where, as Paul says, “every sentence [is] its own little cosmos” and as Melissa says, freedom lies in the novelist’s ability “to use language and form in a painterly, sophisticated, even risky ways.”
Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Harding has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.