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April 2020

[CANCELLED] OAH 2020 Annual Meeting: Historians Read The Great Believers

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Washington D.C., DC 20008 United States
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In this panel, several historians consider Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers (2018), the critically acclaimed and multiple-award-winning novel about the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s. This is a panel not only about the history of HIV/AIDS but also about the space between fiction and history, and the challenges of writing a fictional account of the AIDS crisis. Rebecca Makkai will conclude the session with her own reflections on writing the novel.

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[CANCELLED] W&L Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar

April 17 - June 18
Washington and Lee University, 204 W Washington St
Lexington, VA 24450 United States
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This year marks the 17th annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar, W&L's ultimate book club. Sponsored by the W&L Class of 1951 in honor of its late classmate Tom Wolfe, the program honors a distinguished writer and observer of the American scene. This year, we turn to one of our own, Rebecca Makkai, W&L class of 1999, whose critically acclaimed novel, "The Great Believers," was a National Book Award Finalist and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review.

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[POSTPONED] The Lakeland University Community Book Read: Discussion & Signing

April 23

The Lakeland University Community Book Read is an opportunity for the greater community to come together with Lakeland students, faculty and staff and discuss good books and powerful stories.
For our sixth event, we are reading "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai. She will join us at Lakeland the evening of April 23 for a free book discussion and signing.

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[POSTPONED] Literature for All of Us Benefit: Spring Brunch at the Bryn Mawr Country Club

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Bryn Mawr Country Club, 6600 North Crawford Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712 United States
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On April 26th, Literature for All of Us will host its annual fundraising event, Spring Bunch, at the Byrn Mawr Country Club. This year, we are deeply honored to welcome Rebecca Makkai, author and 2019 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist for The Great Believers, as keynote speaker. 

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May 2020

[CANCELLED] Writing On The Door Fiction Conference: Interiority Complex with Rebecca Makkai

May 1 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Writing On The Door Fiction Conference Sister Bay, WI United States + Google Map

The great advantage of prose (over theater, film, and life) is that we’re privy to characters’ interior states. But how can a writer get thoughts and emotions across, other than by stating them flat-out or by updating us constantly on breathing and heart rate? We’ll explore ways to use tangent, gesture, backstory, action, association, and more to give characters a rich internal life without resorting to the old cardiopulmonary check-in.

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