First-time novelist Erik Schmollinger will discuss fiction and its place in modern society. Erik will read from his forthcoming novel, The Glasshouse, and then lead a discussion of the book, as well as fiction in general. Topics for consideration will include the many formats fiction now takes, the place of the novel in an increasingly busy society, and the relationship between novels and movies.
Erik Schmollinger was born in Albany, New York. He grew up in Puerto Rico, Berlin, New York and Chicago, graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and spent ten years in the public relations industry. He left the business world to travel the real world, and rediscovered his love of fiction-writing while backpacking in Morocco during a two-year, round-the-world trip. He is currently working on two novels and runs a publishing business and a non-profit in Rwanda.