News and Events


A nod from The New Yorker

For the small Indie presses, this is a very nice recognition. The précis is also spot on. Thank you, TNYer…

May 19, 2022 – I’ll be doing an Oblong Books reading/book signing and “in conversation” with author, Andrea Barnet (Visionary Women) at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Hope to see you there,…upstate NYers, at least.

May 2022 – Chronogram Magazine suggests “6 Books to Read this May”

Both the novel’s and Chronogram’s roots in the Catskills and the surrounding Hudson Valley area make for a nice match.

May 2022 – Stone Canoe is publishing a short story of mine in their 2022 Issue 16.

“A Sister’s Measure – A Memoir” is a tale of growing up in a family with five rowdy boys who ultimately met their match in the birth of their last sibling – a sister.

I like the George Saunders quote…will keep you posted when the story is released.

July 5, 2022 – I will be on Matthiessen territory doing a reading at the Fishers Island Library.

(remember Steamer Carey from As It Is On Earth?…yup, Fishers Island)

August 12, 2022 – I’ll be doing a reading/book signing at Hudson Hall in Hudson NY as well as “in conversation” with Lisa Dolan, local keeper of all things literary.

(Lisa reviewed As It Is On Earth years back…brilliantly)


Past News and Events(also Reviews for…well, reviews):

03.09.22 – Any Princeton Alums out there?

Tiger of the Week in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Both the University and the town of Princeton Florida (founded by a Princeton Alum) are ”characters” in the novel.

The title of Chapter 8 of The Door-man is “The Two Princetons…

Spring 2022 Ucross Alumni News…where I began writing The Door-Man thanks to the residency that came with my PEN/Hemingway award for As It Is On Earth.

No, Colson was not there with me.

02.15.22 – As part of my “Hudson Valley Radio Tour”, I was interviewed about The Door-Man and other things of local and global interest by Justin Maiman on The Ginger Radio Hour.

…with a reading from the novel!

The show is in the archives (…about 25 minutes in) broadcasted from Wave Farm Radio Station WGXC out of Acra and Hudson, NY.

02.06.22 – Radio Woodstock – For Upstate NY fans (and others remote with a computer).

I discussed The Door-Man, Biophilia, Animal Architecture, and sundry other things with Doug Grunther on The Woodstock Roundtable (it’s a two hour show, so go to 1:15 in for the 15 minutes of me). The morning show streams from radio station WDST in the Catskills, but available on ‘Audio’ on their website.

Radio Interviews are hard out of the gate…but easy after the gate closes.

02.01.22 – The New School where I taught architecture and design at Parsons School of Design for many years posted a nice interview.

There’s a bit about how writing novels and architecture hook up…both in form and content.

Be True to Your School…

02.01.22 – Robin Hood Radio (the country’s smallest NPR station) For Tri-state fans (and others remote with a computer).

I chatted with Marshall Miles on The Breakfast Club about The Door-Man, my late uncle Peter Matthiessen, architecture, and the writing life.

You can hear it “On Demand” at the radio’s website.

01.31.22 – The Twin Bill, a literary journal dedicated to all things baseball, has published a short story of mine in its January issue.

“The Life of Birds” is an ornithological baseball story about the Baltimore Oriole(s). I provided a snippet in Ruminations 12.

For those who have read As It Is On Earth, you might recognize Bin in the character, Ben, in the short story.

01.22.22 – The NY Times, courtesy of Julie Lasky, has a nice article about designing my writing studio and designing my novel in the Time of Pandemia.

The article also features some other talented Hudson Valley Hideout Pals.

And a slew of nice photos…


As It Is On Earth has passed the 1k mark in readers (…sales, at least) and is still showing its ‘long tail.’ However, buckle up…the new novel, The Door-Man, was published February 1, 2022. Click on Winifred Goldring below to read an excerpt featuring the inspiration for – and one of the main characters in – the book (there’s also a free pdf preview of the novel on the home page).
Winifred Goldring


The News & Events below precede The Door-Man or are related to As It Is On Earth

Aug. 2015: Are you curious about other architects who write fiction?…Architectural Record was, and I was tapped to weigh in on a couple of architects turned novelists.
Architects Telling Tales

Dec. 2014: If you are in (or going to) London, be sure to see the ‘Small Stories’ Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Kaleidoscope House which I designed with artist Laurie Simmons is prominently featured.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Wallpaper Review

If you are aware of/interested in the Museum of Modern Art vs. American Folk Art Museum debacle, you can read my take from the March 2014 Issue of the Brooklyn Rail
Brooklyn Rail

Saturday, Feb. 23, 1:30 pm
Aftertaste: The Atmosphere of Objects – “Object Histories”

Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Ave.
NY NY
NY Times Press Release

Newsmaker: Architectural Record
“…descriptions of people and places are memorable. The way you deal with Time seems architectural…”
AR published their interview in the October issue…page 38

Saturday, December 5, 2015 8:00 pm
The Shed Space

366 6th Street
Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY
Peter M. Wheelwright (As It Is On Earth) will join Paula Closson Buck (Summer on the Cold War Planet) in a reading from their respective novels and book signing.
The Shed Space

Reading, interview and discussion on WGXC Radio
The Monday Afternoon Show with Sara Kendall

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm
Saugerties Public Library

Author Series
91 Washington Ave., Saugerties, NY
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.
Saugerties Public Library

The Podcasts of the October 4th Panel Discussion at Parsons with Susan Szenasy, editor of Metropolis Magazine; Joseph Salvatore (To Assume A Pleasing Shape); and professor Alan Bruton are now online
Part 1: Themes
Part 2: 1st Reading
Part 3 (1 of 3): Panel Discussion
Part 3 (2 of 3): Panel Discussion
Part 3 (3 of 3): Panel Discussion
Part 4: 2nd Reading

Tuesday, July 9, 5:30 pm
Fishers Island Library

988 Oriental Ave, Fishers Island, NY
Peter M. Wheelwright (As It Is On Earth) will read and sign books.
Fishers Island Library
Fishers Island Library web site

The Princeton Alumni Weekly
For all my fellow Princeton pals out there; particularly the architecture school grads…an after life is possible:
Here’s the link to (perhaps) why I chose orange for the book’s cover..?

The Patch Network, New London
For all of the dwellers along the Thames River. The one in New London, not Old London…
Here’s the link to my conversation w/ the Patch Network

Keeping a low profile to work on the new novel at the Ucross Foundation, September 16-October 16
2013 Ucross Fall Residents

The New School_NEWS
Poking fun at academic life and career changes.
Here’s the link to more “This I believe…”

Architectural Record
Hmm…Not sure what to think about being a ‘news maker’…More designing stories rather than buildings.
Here’s the link to my conversation with Jayne Merkel of Architectural Record

The Brooklyn Rail
Good for The Brooklyn Rail: following me into the philosophical deep end…
Here’s the link to my chat with Scott Cheshire

And in Metropolis Magazine…
A nice discussion relating fiction writing to architecture conducted in Susan’s inimitable way.
Here’s the link to my chat with editor Susan Szenasy

And yet another in The Litchfield County Times
A…ahem,’noted’ cultural family described.
Here’s the link to my chat with the Times

Nice interview in The Rural Intelligence
Comprehensible to Urban Intellectuals as well…
Here’s the link to my chat with former NY Magazine design editor Marilyn Bethany

Saturday, May 18, 5:00 pm
Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center

681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.
Beyond Baroque

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm
The Cambridge Public Library

449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.
Cambridge Library

Sunday, March 24, 2:00-3:00 pm
PEN/Hemingway Awards Ceremony

JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA
Peter M. Wheelwright will receive an Honorable Mention Award for his novel As It Is On Earth. Open to the Public.
PEN/New England
Kennedy Library Press Release

Thursday, March 14, 7:00-8:00 pm
Authors on Stage: Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright

New Canaan Library
151 Main St, New Canaan, CT
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.
YouTube Video of the Reading/Discussion

Burlington-Library

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7:00-9:00 pm
Fletcher Free Library

235 College St, Burlington, VT
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth. He will be joining Fomite Press authors, Jack Pulaski (Love’s Labours) and Antonello Borra (AlphaBestiario) who will also be reading and signing books.
Directions

Saturday, Dec. 1, 5:00 pm
Canio’s Books

290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.
Press Release

Friday, Nov. 23, 5:30 pm
The Owl & Turtle Bookshop

33 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.
Press Release

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:00 pm
Two Moon Art House and Café

315 4th Avenue (between 3rd and 2nd Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
info@twomoonbklyn.com
“The Family Thing” with novelists Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright and Leora Skolkin-Smith. Reading, conversation and signing.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:00 pm
Parsons The New School for Design

School of Constructed Environments
25 East 13th St., NY, NY
Peter M. Wheelwright will discuss his novel As It Is On Earth w/ Susan Szenasy (Metropolis Magazine), Joseph Salvatore (Assist. Professor of Writing at NSPE and Author of To Assume A Pleasing Shape ), and Alan Bruton (Assist. Professor & Director of Public Programs at SCE). Books will be sold/signed. Part 1 Podcast 

Saturday, Sept. 22, 4:00 pm
Johnnycake Books

12 Academy Street, Salisbury, CT
Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.

Saturday, Sept. 1, 3:00 pm,
Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s Festival of Books

79- State Route 203, Spencertown, NY
An ‘Alternative Publishing Panel’ will feature a discussion with Peter Matthiessen Wheelwright, whose debut novel, As It Is On Earth, is being published by the small independent print-on-demand Fomite Press, and Ardal Powell, CEO of Music Word Media Group, an innovative media startup that combines the edginess of a new-media incubator with the gravitas of a scholarly publishing house. Peter M. Wheelwright will read from his debut novel As It Is On Earth and sign books.