Bernard Cooper, 29th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Bernard Cooper

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center

Author/Artist Bio

Bernard Cooper has written two collections of memoirs, Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum, as well as a novel, A Year of Rhymes, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. His work has appeared in Story, Ploughshares, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and in anthologies such as The Best American Essays and The Oxford Book of Literature on Aging and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles. He is the author of The Bill From My Father: A Memoir (February 2006), which is being made into a Warner Brothers film by director Dean Parisot. He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been read on This American Life and Selected Shorts from Symphonyspace. Bernard Cooper has taught at Antioch/Los Angeles and at the UCLA Writer’s Program and is currently the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine.


Cooper read on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.


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