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November 2019

Rocky River, OH

November 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, OH
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I'll be presenting, via the Rocky River Public Library, at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Book sales and signing to follow, with a portion of book sales benefiting the Friends of the Rocky River Public Library.

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Adler University, Chicago

November 20, 2019

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Arts Club of Chicago

November 22, 2019

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March 2020

Purdue University Visiting Writers Reading Series (Q&A)

March 3 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Perdue University- BRWN 1154, 425 Central Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907 United States
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Free

The Purdue Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the Medical Humanities Symposium, welcomes author Rebecca Makkai for a reading an Q&A on Tuesday, March 3rd. The Q&A will be held at 4:30 pm in BRWN 1154, and the reading will be at 7:30pm in Fowler Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Purdue University Visiting Writers Reading Series (Reading)

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Purdue University Fowler Hall, Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall Dr
West Lafayette, IN 47907 United States
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Free

The Purdue Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the Medical Humanities Symposium, welcomes author Rebecca Makkai for a reading an Q&A on Tuesday, March 3rd. The Q&A will be held at 4:30 pm in BRWN 1154, and the reading will be at 7:30pm in Fowler Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

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AWP Conference: Clark Fiction Prize Reception [POSTPONED]

March 5
Presidio AB, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Third Floor, 600 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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THE AWP CLARK FICTION PRIZE RECEPTION CEREMONY HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN 2020. We will update this page when a new date has been announced for the AWP Clark Prize Reception. Please join the Texas State University MFA Program as we celebrate Rebecca Makkai, winner of the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize for her novel The Great Believers. The $25,000 prize is awarded annually by Texas State in honor of L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark, who devoted their lives to…

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AWP Conference: From First Book Deal to Career as Author: How to Navigate the Publishing World

March 5 @ 12:10 pm - 1:25 pm
Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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There’s a large gap in between being published to developing a career as an author. After you get a book deal, what are dos and don’ts while working with an editor? What’s the role of your agent then? Do you need a website? Should you hire an independent publicist? What can you do to help your book succeed? How do you give a great reading? What’s the difference between publicity and marketing? How do you develop a career as an author? Four seasoned authors and one executive editor offer advice.

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AWP Conference: Muse, Martyr, Mother, Monarch: Writing Women in History

March 5 @ 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Writing female characters that transcend tropes and come alive on the page is a challenging—and crucial—task for any writer. When those women lived decades, centuries, or even millennia ago, the work of the writer becomes even more complex. This panel will explore the process and practices of five women novelists who’ve featured powerful female characters, from a 19th-century astronomer to an 18th-century Russian empress, a midcentury mathematician, and an American slave in antebellum Ohio.

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[POSTPONED] More Than Words Presents: The Great Believers Book Talk

March 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02118 United States
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More Than Words Presents: The Great Believers Book Talk @ More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore

Join author Rebecca Makkai for a reading and signing of her book, The Great Believers.

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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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