Lit geeks know Edward St. Aubyn, acerbic British author of six novels, one of which (At Last) contains the following sentence: "I think my mother's death is the best thing to happen to me since ... well, since my father's death." St. Aubyn has devoted several of his novels, including the aforementioned, to the members of the fictional Melrose family. Many of his characters are chronically afflicted by wealth, wry intelligence, disillusionment, and unshakable depression — a sad but potentially relatable state for St. Aubyn, who draws broadly from his own life when writing. His work has garnered comparisons to that of Evelyn Waugh and Oscar Wilde, and he's coming from across the way to speak with Steven Winn. His latest novel is Lost for Words, which examines the effects of celebrity culture on art.