Books make me tired. All that reading and turning of pages. Paper cuts, dry fingers. And so, we introduce, Tired of Reading: A Video Series where we’ll feature videos we did and did not shoot, of and about authors we love. Feel free to suggest authors worth noting. Big or small, poet or prose writer. One condition: There has to be a video of them somewhere and we have to be able to get access to it. I think that makes sense.

I. Lauren Groff is the author of The Monsters of Templeton which was published by Hyperion on February, 2008 and debuted at #14 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her debut novel was well received and heavily promoted by Stephen King, who read it prior to release and and praised it to no end on Entertainment Weekly. The Monsters of Templeton was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers in 2008, and was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by Amazon.com and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Monsters of Templeton is a contemporary tale about coming home to Templeton, a representation of Cooperstown, NY. It is interspersed with voices from characters drawn from the town’s history as well as James Fenimore Cooper‘s “The Pioneers” which is also set in a fictionalized Cooperstown which he also calls Templeton.

Groff has short stories published in The Atlantic Monthly, Five Points, and Ploughshares, and the anthologies Best New American Voices 2008, Pushcart Prize XXXII, and Best American Short Stories 2007. All of these stories appear in her collection of Short stories, Delicate Edible Birds which was released on January 27th, 2009.

Her next novel, Arcadia is forthcoming, and she is currently working on a project for Flatmancrooked, to be announced sometime in the near future.

Here’s Lauren discussing Monsters of Templeton

Here is the trailer for Monsters of Templeton

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