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September 2020

Virtual Book Launch Party: THE TALENTED MISS FARWELL by Emily Gray Tedrowe (Presented by Women & Children First)

September 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL

Join Women & Children First for the virtual launch party for The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe. For this event, Emily will be in conversation with Rebecca Makkai. This event will be streamed on Women & Children First's Crowdcast channel.

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Lincolnwood Library Virtual Event

September 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Lincolnwood Public Library as we welcome Pulitzer-nominated author of The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai. This program is being offered using Zoom, a virtual presentation/conferencing software. Please include your email address to receive instructions on how to join the Zoom event.

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October 2020

Ragdale Talks: A Conversation with Rebecca Makkai ft. Chloe Benjamin, Michael Zapata and Alex Kotlowitz

October 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Novel Affair at Ragdale Foundation was of course a no-go this year, and so we're doing this instead: On Wednesday, the 21st, I'll be in conversation online with three brilliant authors -- Michael Zapata, Chloe Benjamin, and Alex Kotlowitz -- about writing in a time of crisis. WAY cheaper than the actual Novel Affair, you can watch from anywhere, and you don't need shoes. RSVP! Author and Ragdale alumna Rebecca Makkai in conversation with authors Chloe Benjamin, Michael Zapata, and…

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November 2020

Cocktails & Conversation: Kimberly King Parsons, Megha Majumdar & Julia Phillips with Rebecca Makkai

November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exile in Bookville

What better time to host and celebrate four extremely talented National Book Award for fiction long and short listers? We believe two days after the winners of the 2020 National Book Awards winners have been announced, that’s when. Please join us on November 20th at 7pm central as Exile in Bookville welcomes Kimberly King Parsons (Black Light: Stories), Megha Majumdar (A Burning) and Julia Phillips (Disappearing Earth) in conversation with Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers). Exile in Bookville is partnering with Books…

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December 2020

Speakeasy Workshop: Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose

December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
$500

Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET Join me for a digital workshop this December with Speakeasy! Most obstacles to writing are not psychological (writers’ block is a myth!) but structural. In narrative fiction, it's plot -- cause and effect, development, change, suspense -- that propels us forward. And yet these things don’t happen by accident. There are common missteps that will tank a story or novel in its earliest pages, and there are architectural…

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2020 Is Over: A Variety With Booze Hacks, Music, Ribaldry, Cobblers, and More!

December 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rough Draft Bar & Books

To celebrate the paperback launch of his book "The Riots I have Known", Ryan Chapman is hosting a digital variety show with Rough Draft Bar & Books on December 9th, 2020 at 8pm ET. Instead of a reading, let’s have a zoom party.  A loose version of “The Tonight Show,” with booze tips for lockdown, ribald stories, writing advice, cooking segments, psychedelics, and a few surprises. We’ll even have a house band. Spread the word! We’ll bend zoom until it…

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StoryStudio Chicago Presents: The Geek-Out Book Club | Rebecca Makkai + Cristina Henriquez Discuss “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

December 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
StoryStudio Chicago, 4043 N. Ravenswood, #222
Chicago, IL United States
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$150

The Geek-Out is writers geeking out about literature, plain and simple! One writer will make the other read something for the first time (in this case, Rebecca made Cristina read Shirley Jackson’s legendarily unnerving “The Lottery”) and then for about an hour they talk together about craft, impact, what they loved, what they didn’t. The audience is encouraged to read the piece too, and participate via the chat box. The event is a fundraiser for StoryStudio’s Doro Boehme scholarship fund,…

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February 2021

Speakeasy Workshop: Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$500

Mondays, February 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-8:00pm PT / 8-11:00pm ET Join me for another digital workshop this February with Speakeasy! Most obstacles to writing are not psychological (writers’ block is a myth!) but structural. In narrative fiction, it's plot -- cause and effect, development, change, suspense -- that propels us forward. And yet these things don’t happen by accident. There are common missteps that will tank a story or novel in its earliest pages, and there are architectural solutions…

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PEN Out Loud: Brandon Hobson with Rebecca Makkai

February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20

Flash sale until January 27! Use the code WINTERPOL for 50 percent off General Admission tickets. The first 350 Admission With Book tickets will include a bookplate. National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson joins PEN Out Loud to celebrate his latest novel, The Removed. Weaving together multiple first-person narrators and Cherokee folklore, the novel tells the story of a Cherokee family 15 years after an unjust police shooting of one of the family’s three children. Hobson will be joined in conversation with Pulitzer…

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Virtual Book Launch: THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE by Julia Fine In Conversation With Rebecca Makkai

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
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Free

Join us on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel for the virtual launch celebration for The Upstairs House by Julia Fine! For this event, Fine will be in conversation with Rebecca Makkai. REGISTER HERE Ravaged and sore from giving birth to her first child, Megan is mostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. Physically exhausted and mentally drained, she’s also wracked with guilt over her unfinished dissertation—a thesis on mid-century children’s literature. Enter a new upstairs…

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