It's the first event of the year! Cast last year's worries out to sea and join us for some fun parts. Ben Marcus and Sam Lipsyte discuss Marcus' new short story collection Leaving the Sea—a work in which he once again validates the necessity of experimental writing and cements his reputation as an expert at the short story form. Ben Marcus is the author of Notable American Women andThe Age of Wire and String. His stories have appeared inThe New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. The recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is a Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.Sam Lipsyte's most recent book is the short story collection The Fun Parts. He is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, and The Ask, the latter two New York Times Notable Books. He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.