From Novel to Opera:
A Literary Panel Conversation
Learn more about The Scarlet Letter in a literary discussion with moderator Eric Gould, Author and Professor of literature (with an emphasis on fiction) and cultural studies at the University of Denver, David Mason, Colorado’s Poet Laureate Emeritus and librettist of The Scarlet Letter and Paula Reed, author of the novel Hester – a modern sequel to The Scarlet Letter. Bring your book club along!
Eric Gould, PhD – is the author/editor of eight books, and his work has appeared in a number of journals, including the London Times Literary Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, Substance, and Higher Education in Europe. His most recent book, The University in a Corporate Culture (Yale 2003) won the 2004 Frandson Prize for Literature, and he is currently working on two books: one on the internationalization of academe and another on why the novel matters.
David Mason, Librettist of The Scarlet Letter – Born and raised in Bellingham, Washington, David Mason’s award-winning collections of poetry include The Buried Houses (1991), The Country I Remember (1996), Arrivals (2004), the verse novel Ludlow (2007), and Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade: 2004 – 2014. He has also published a memoir, two collections of essays, and several anthologies. His work appears in Best American Poetry, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.
Paula Reed – is an internationally published historical fiction and historical romance author. Her work has been published in hardcover, paperback, and e-books, internationally and domestically.
Hester – Upon the death of her demonic husband, Hester Prynne is left a widow, and her daughter Pearl, a wealthy heiress. Hester takes her daughter to live a quiet life in England–only to find herself drawn into the circle of the most powerful Puritan of all time, Oliver Cromwell.
This performance is part of the A-List Event Series - featuring music, poetry, literature, film and more - in celebration of the upcoming World Premiere of The Scarlet Letter at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House this May.
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