An Afternoon with Writer Teddy Wayne
Winner of the 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award for his debut novel Kapitoil, author Teddy Wayne comes to the Santa Fe campus as part of the Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. A reception follows.
Wayne’s new book tells the story of Karim Issar, a young, introspective financial wizard from Qatar who arrives in New York City, devises a computer program (Kapitoil) that predicts oil futures, and then begins to question the moral implications of a creation that generates record profits for his company. American novelist and essayist Jonathan Frazen praises Kapitoil for accomplishing “what novels can do better than any other art form: Show us a familiar world through unfamiliar eyes.” Wayne’s novel was named a Best Book of the Year by the Huffington Post, the Kansas City Star, Booklist, and Largehearted Boy.
Wayne is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Esquire, McSweeney's, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Wayne was also a finalist for the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In addition, he was a runner-up for the 2011 Pen/Robert W. Bingham Prize and received a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. He currently resides in New York.