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Elizabeth Rosner

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Born
in Schenectady, NY, The United States
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Elizabeth's newest novel ELECTRIC CITY was published by Counterpoint Press in October 2014. Her full-length poetry collection GRAVITY was published by Atelier26 Books in fall 2014 as well.

Ms. Rosner is the award-winning author of two previous novels: THE SPEED OF LIGHT and BLUE NUDE. The Speed of Light was the recipient of numerous honors, including the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and the Prix France Bleu Gironde; it was short-listed for the prestigious Prix Femina and selected for the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. The novel has been translated into nine languages, and has been optioned for a feature film to be directed by actress Gillian Anderson. Blue Nude was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Elizabeth Rosner Hi David. Thanks for your note and apologies for my delayed reply. I'm delighted to hear of your personal connections to Steinmetz, and truly…moreHi David. Thanks for your note and apologies for my delayed reply. I'm delighted to hear of your personal connections to Steinmetz, and truly appreciate knowing that there are ongoing re-discoveries of his important work! As for the Longboats, I was initially inspired by meeting a member of the Mohawk tribe in San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO (where I own a small home and where I am at this very moment). He was an indigenous dancer, close to my age, and when he told me his family was from Schenectady I realized that the living presence of his people had been invisible to me all my life. I began to investigate further and had an intuitive sense that Steinmetz felt his own deep interest in Native Americans... thus the characters of Joseph and his grandson Martin arose into being. That's the short version! (less)
Elizabeth Rosner I prefer to think of time spent away from my writing as time for my material to refresh itself, and perhaps to increase my tolerance for uncertainty.…moreI prefer to think of time spent away from my writing as time for my material to refresh itself, and perhaps to increase my tolerance for uncertainty. I admit to experiencing quite a bit of fear and doubt when too many days (weeks!) pass like this, but I have learned over the years that my own level of productivity isn't easily measured by the number of hours per day spent in active pursuit of words or sentences or pages. That being said, I often envy other writers who seem to have better strategies than my own for staying "on task." (less)
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I'm sitting in my study, imagining the moment when you turn the first page and begin. I'm here in my chair and you're in yours. Maybe you're on a plane or on a couch or in bed; maybe you're looking out a window or at the sleeping face of your child or some other beloved. And eventually, after a while -- hours, days, weeks even -- I imagine you turning the last page and maybe wiping away a tear,... Read more of this blog post »
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" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? ER: Daydreaming, listening, opening, writing, dancing, cherishing, offering, accepting. SS: What is your motto or maxim? ER: Less is more. Get more on Elizabeth Rosner at SimonandSchus..." ...More

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Elizabeth Jan wrote: "Such a lovely profile pic, Elizabeth. Looking forward very much to your next book, whatever, whenever."

Thank you, Jan, for your kind note. I'm working on that next book... and eagerly awaiting the paperback release of BLUE NUDE this September.


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Jan Such a lovely profile pic, Elizabeth. Looking forward very much to your next book, whatever, whenever.


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