NYS Writers Institute, October 5, 2011
Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Carmela Ciuraru said, “Much more than ‘travel writing,’ [Travels in Siberia] covers memoir, history, literature, politics and more. There are many reasons to love it, including the fantastic ending, possibly the best of any book in recent memory. Travels in Siberia is a masterpiece of nonfiction writing— tragic,bizarre and funny. Once again, the inimitable Frazier has managed to create a genre of his very own.” Writing in Harper’s, Ben Moser said that the art of travel writing “is revived by Ian Frazier’s Travels in Siberia…. Frazier candidly addresses Siberia’s tragedies and opportunities, even as his narrative offers, like explorer stories of old all the thrills of armchair travel.”
Frazier is the author of nine books, including Lamentations of the Father (2008), a collection of laugh-out-loud essays on parenting; Gone to New York: Adventures in the City (2005), a Midwesterner’s perspective on his adopted city; On the Rez (2000), about life among the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota; Coyote v. Acme (1996), a humor collection that imagines, among other things, a lawsuit brought by Wile E. Coyote against the mail-order company whose faulty gadgets frequently injure or nearly kill him; and his first book of humor, Dating Your Mom (1986).
Writing in the New York Times, James Gorman called Dating Your Mom, “one of the best collections of humor ever published.” In a Los Angeles Times review of Gone to New York, Mark Oppenheimer called Frazier, “America’s greatest essayist.” Garrison Keillor said of Great Plains, “This is a brilliant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie.”
Frazier has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker since 1974, writing many installments of the “Talk of the Town” column and “Reporter at Large” series. He has also contributed notable pieces to the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and other magazines. Recently, he served as editor of Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing (Plus Some Great Old Stuff Too) (2010). Proceeds from Humor Me were donated to 826 National, a writing program for youth founded by writer Dave Eggers.
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Open House for English Majors
Ian Frazier signs books at a recent Writers Institute open house for UAlbany English majors.
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