Meet the Author - Diane Josefowicz

Event date: 
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

Meet the Author - Diane Josefowicz

Join us on Friday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and discussion with Diane Josefowicz, author of L'Air du Temps (1985).

L'Air du Temps (1985) by Diane Josefowicz

"It’s 1985, the MTV flag is on the moon, and Lincoln Continentals are triplicating in the New England suburb of Maple Bay, where everyone who’s not in jail or divorce court is going off the deep end. A vintage murder-mystery that's evergreen as a chemically-treated lawn, this smart, tight novella is the arresting and singular cry of thirteen-year-old Zinnia Zompa, who's troubling the shadows, swerving toward an awakening that might or might not be her ticket out of town." —Kirstin Allio, author of Buddhism for Western Children

"L’Air du Temps (1985) is a gorgeously written exploration of memory and childhood—of the things we choose not to know, and how they live in us against our will. Josefowicz takes us on an intoxicating deep dive into the psyche of America just before now, when consumerism was in full swing and mystery seemed to have been killed off forever. In Josefowicz's fictional Maple Bay, mystery is far from dead—it’s alive, kicking, and doing big mischief. This supremely supple, surprising, and sneaky-clever book made me start reading again the moment I finished." —Robin McLean, author of Pity the Beast

In 1985, the shooting of Mr. Marfeo disrupts the quiet suburban neighborhood of Maple Bay and prompts thirteen-year-old Zinnia Zompa to reorganize everything she knows about her parents— their preoccupations, obsessions, and above all, their battles with each other. As her understanding of the world grows, Zinnia sees how the violence she witnesses is part of a larger pattern of domination, one that shadows the world far beyond her neighborhood, and her coming-of-age means reckoning with this darkness.

Diane Josefowicz is a writer, editor, historian, and passionate amateur tap dancer. L’Air du Temps (1985) grew out of a childhood spent among aficionados of big hair, big cars, and big dreams stuffed into random corners to keep out the wind. It is the first novella of a projected trilogy centering on the unsinkable Zinnia Zompa, a teenager with a mostly good heart and a rather foul temper, truly a heroine for our irascible times.

Diane taught writing for many years at Boston University and, before that, in the University Writing Program at Columbia University. She presently serves as reviews editor at Necessary Fiction and edits all things science- and technology-related at The Victorian Web. She holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, a PhD in the history of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA from Brown University. She grew up outside Providence, Rhode Island, where she now lives with her family. She can be found on Twitter @dianegreco and, increasingly, at a local dance studio where she taps it out several nights a week, in pursuit of the perfect bombershay.

Diane is also the author of Ready, Set, Oh, a novel set against the upheavals of the Sixties, chronicling a star-crossed affair between a man who has just lost his draft deferment and the aspiring artist who is pregnant with his baby and falling in love with a UFO-chasing astronomer.