Next Picador Professor Paul La Farge

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Paul La Farge as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. He will hold the professorship in the winter term of 2016/17.

Paul La Farge is the author of four books and numerous short stories and essays. He has written two novels, The Artist of the Missing (1999) and Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), as well as The Facts of Winter (2005), which he describes as a “book of imaginary dreams,” and Luminous Airplanes (2011), published as both a book and an immersive hypertext. La Farge’s diverse work has received widespread critical acclaim and earned him a number of prizes and distinctions, among them a New York Times Editor's Pick, the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Association Award for Fiction, and the California Book Awards' Silver Medal for Fiction.

He is the recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize and of fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, among many others. His work has appeared in venues such as The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Village Voice. In addition to his writing activities, La Farge teaches at Columbia University and  Bard College. Currently, he is working on another novel, The Night Ocean, under contract with Penguin.

Professor La Farge will be teaching two classes during his term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on “Truth and Consequences: The Uses of Persona” as well as a fiction writing workshop titled “Approaches to the Short Story.”

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program, it is based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Paul La Farge

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional, and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Paul La Farge for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.