Debra Spark, “Falling Out: Narrating the Neutra-Schindler Story”

Event Description:

A fiction writer whose “day job” includes freelance writing for shelter magazines, Debra Spark will talk about how an article for Dwell led to her desire to tell the story of the Richard Neutra/Rudolph Schindler friendship, collaboration, and falling out. A Writer-at-Work type discussion, she’ll describe the writing and research of this particular piece, touching on earlier architectural historians, present-day filmmakers, and both men’s heirs.


Debra Spark is the award-winning author of five novels, including the upcoming Discipline; two collections of short stories; two books of essays on fiction writing; and editor/co-editor of two anthologies. Her book reviews, short fiction, articles, op-eds, and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Food and Wine, Harvard Review, Maine Magazine, New England Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yankee, among other places. She spent a decade writing about home, art, and design for Maine Home+Design, Decor Maine, Down East, Dwell, Elysian, Interiors Boston, New England Home, and Yankee. She now writes a regular book review column of French books in English translation for

Spark is the Zacamy Professor of English at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College.

0:00 Welcome by Sarah Whiting
05:10 Introduction by Ed Eigen
12:49 Lecture by Debra Spark
01:01:04 Discussion and Q+A



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