Lara Tupper

PO Box 147
Becket, MA 01223

Author's Bio

Harcourt published Lara Tupper's debut novel, A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, in 2007 and Untreed Reads has kindly kept it in print. (She has adapted this book into a screenplay if you are reading this, Christopher Guest.) Her second novel, OFF ISLAND, is a fictional account of Paul Gauguin's messy marriage. A vocalist, Lara has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities (see debut novel, above) and performs jazz and pop throughout the Berkshires. She taught writing at Rutgers University for nine years and now leads writing workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. A contributor to Kripalu's blog, she is currently at work on a memoir. She received her MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Publications and Prizes

A Thousand and One Nights
(Harcourt, 2007)
Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak
(Harper Perennial, 2009)
Ballyhoo Stories, Believer, Epiphany, FiveChapters, nidus, Zone 3
Prizes Won: 
Finalist, Nowhere Magazine's Spring Award (2016) 

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Born in: 
Boothbay Harbor, ME
Literary Agent: 
Stacia Decker
A Thousand and One Nights (a novel) Chapter One: Rodgers and Hammerstein - It started on a cruise ship, where nothing was exactly real. The brass railings of the lobby staircase were molded industrial plastic, liberally coated with copper-colored paint. The ship’s largest funnel, visible from up to ten nautical miles, bore the company insignia in gleaming white and blue; it led nowhere, funneled nothing. The pool, deemed “refreshing” in the travel agent brochure, was waist-deep, heavily chlorinated, and too cold even for children. In a pinch, plastic ice sculptures were used for the Midnight Buffet. Stored in freezers and splashed with ice water to simulate melting drips, the statuettes (dolphin, starfish, palm tree) were appropriately cold to the touch. The slot machines were fixed to a timer, the bingo numbers were decided well in advance of the daily call. The rum punch was 80 percent Kool-Aid. And the surly pop duo in the Tally-Ho Lounge played to synthesized backing tracks.
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Last updated: Feb 15, 2017