Pamela Erens’ second novel, The Virgins (Tin House Books, 2013), the tale of sexually abstinent boarding school teenagers Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung, was included in several notable and best books lists of 2013, including both the New Yorker and the New Republic. Erens will read along with Baltimore authors John Rowell and Jennifer Lee at the Ivy Bookstore’s Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee on Monday, March 31st at 7:00 pm. Starts Here! cohost Sandy Fink talked with Erens about The Virgins as well as her critically acclaimed first book, The Understory, and her first visit to Baltimore:
Sandy Fink: Hi Pamela. We’re really looking forward to hosting you at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore on March 31st. Have you ever been to Baltimore?
Pamela Erens: Not really. I passed through on the way back from Charleston a few years ago. I’m looking forward to coming back and meeting some readers and writers there.