Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to 'The Weekend' Author Peter Cameron

Novelist Peter Cameron was born today November 29, in 1959, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.  He is best known for his novels Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, and Coral Glynn.

He sold his first short story to The New Yorker in 1983, and published 10 more stories in that magazine during the next few years. This exposure facilitated the publication of his first book, a collection of stories titled One Way or Another, in 1986. One Way or Another was awarded a special citation by the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Book of Fiction. 

In 1988, Cameron was hired by Adam Moss to write a serial novel for the just-launched magazine, 7 Days. This serial, which was written and published a chapter a week, became Leap Year, a comic novel of life and love in New York City in the twilight of the 1980s. It was published in 1989 and a second collection of stories, Far-Flung, was published in 1991.

Beginning in 1990, Cameron stopped writing short fiction and turned his attention toward his novels. His second novel, The Weekend, was published in 1994,  a third novel, Andorra, was published in 1997, and a fourth, The City of Your Final Destination, was published in May 2002. 

Another novel, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, was published in 2007, and won that year's Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Male Fiction. David Lipsky with the New York Times Book Review wrote it was "[h]is best work--it's terrific, piercing, and funny. The novel demonstrates every kind of strength."

His latest novel, Coral Glynn, was published in 2012. After it was published, Salon's review said, "...lovely, enigmatic...Cameron's novels...have won a following...[that] keeps on growing, one devoted reader at a time."

From 1990 to 1998, Cameron worked for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal organization that protects and extends the civil rights of gay men, lesbians, and people with HIV/AIDS. In 1987 he taught writing at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and from 1990–1996 he taught in the MFA program at Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts. From 1998 to 2005 he taught in Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program. He taught at Yale University in the fall of 2005.


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