Columbia Professor & New York Times Magazine Writer Wins Award for The Privileges
Dee’s book rose to the top of the 116 entries for the literary award, which is aimed at encouraging mid-career authors to continue honing their craft. In addition to winning the $50,000, Dee will also return to St. Francis College for a reading from The Privileges and to conduct a writing workshop with students. Those dates have yet to be announced.
The Privileges tells the story of Adam and Cynthia Morey. With Adam’s rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful. But as Cynthia begins to drift, Adam must decide how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family’s happiness and to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility. The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other.
Dee teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and the New School. He is also a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, a frequent contributor to Harper's, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review.
“Celebrating Dee’s work and the Literary Prize gives St. Francis the opportunity to contribute to the literary worlds of Brooklyn and the nation every two years. We were most fortunate to have such a rich pool of writers and a tremendously committed jury,” said St. Francis College Provost Timothy J. Houlihan.
The jury for the award was composed of three award winning writers; Francine Prose (A Changed Man, Blue Angel, My New American Life), Rick Moody (The Four Fingers of Death, Garden State, The Ice Storm) and Darcey Steinke (Easter Everywhere, Milk: A Novel, Suicide Blonde).
More at St.Francis College website.