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September 2021

Speakeasy Workshop: Reading Like A Writer

September 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$400

Wednesdays September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th join me to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers. This workshop has four sessions. We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the…

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Speakeasy Workshop: Reading Like A Writer

September 22, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$400

Wednesdays September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th join me to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers. This workshop has four sessions. We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the…

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Speakeasy Workshop: Reading Like A Writer

September 29, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$400

Wednesdays September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th join me to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers. This workshop has four sessions. We tend to read as readers and then write as writers, missing out on many of the craft lessons we could be learning from the stories, novels, and memoirs we love. You might pause to admire a great line, but when was the…

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Joshua Ferris in conversation with Rebecca Makkai: A Calling for Charlie Barnes

September 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Online
Free

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Joshua Ferris as he discusses his new novel, A CALLING FOR CHARLIE BARNES. Ferris will be in conversation with bestselling author Rebecca Makkai. This event is free and open to the public, with registration. Signed, first edition copies are available for purchase through the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. REGISTER FOR FREE      BUY THE BOOK About the Book: Someone is telling the story of the life of…

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December 2021

Authors on Tap: Lily King and Rebecca Makkai

December 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exile in Bookville, 410 S. Michigan Avenue (2nd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Looking for the perfect gift idea for that avid and discerning reader on your holiday shopping list? Well call off the dogs, because we have you covered. Exile in Bookville has the honor of hosting Lily King on Monday, December 6th at 7:00pm central to help celebrate her debut short story collection, Five Tuesdays in Winter.  This very special event will be held IN PERSON and virtually simulcast just a few floors above Exile in beautiful Curtiss Hall, located on the 10th floor…

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April 2022

Friends of the Bronxville Public Library Presents: Lan Samantha Changin conversation with Rebecca Makkai (Zoom)

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Lan Samantha Chang, author of The Family Chao, in conversation with Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) is pleased to host award-winning author Lan Samantha Chang, who will discuss her new novel, The Family Chao.  FOBPL is equally thrilled to host acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai to moderate this event. For the recent MyHometownBronxville article, click here.  Thursday, April 21, 2022 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom This event is free, but registration is…

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In-Person Event with Paul Holes / Unmasked

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL United States
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$400

  Join Anderson’s bookshop for an in-person event with Paul Holes, the retired cold-case detective behind investigations into the Golden State Killer, Jaycee Dugard, and Laci Peterson cases,  to discuss his new memoir Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases.  Paul will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Makkai. After a discussion by the author and a conversation partner, fans will be welcome to join a live signing line to get their book autographed by the author. …

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The Porch: The Origins of the Original with Visiting Writer Rebecca Makkai

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online
$75

When we sit down to write, the first words, scenes, characters, conflicts, and settings we come up with are often the least original ones of which we’re capable. Digging past the obvious, the stock (and even the products of the collective unconscious), we might finally arrive at stories that are strikingly new and memorable. In this class we’ll cover some key elements of originality -- specificity, idiosyncrasy, complexity, repetition, and change -- and talk about accessing them both in drafting…

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Ragdale Novel Affair 2022

April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shoreacres, 1601 Shore Acres Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044 United States
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$150

April 30, 2022, 5:30 PM at Shoreacres Ragdale’s 14th Annual Novel Affair brings together acclaimed authors and guests for an evening of creativity and conversation in support of Ragdale, the region’s most prominent artists residency community located in Lake Forest. The Saturday, April 30 event, held at Shoreacres, begins with a cocktail reception followed by short presentations given by our featured writers/artists. The evening concludes with opportunities for guests to have books signed by featured guests. Books available for purchase…

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May 2022

American Writers Festival

May 15
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Chicago, IL
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Free

American Writers Festival My Monticello: Jocelyn Johnson in conversation with Rebecca Makkai Event Time: 11:30 a.m. Event Location: Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago IL The inaugural American Writers Festival on May 15, 2022 in Chicago coincides with the American Writers Museum’s fifth anniversary. The free literary festival will be held at four stages inside the Chicago Cultural Center and one stage at the American Writers Museum, and feature more than 75 beloved contemporary authors, artists…

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