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

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.

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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 neighbor: the ghost of quixotic children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown—author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—whose existence no one else will acknowledge. It seems Margaret has unfinished business with her former lover, the once-famous socialite and actress Michael Strange, and is determined to draw Megan into the fray. As Michael joins the haunting, Megan finds herself caught in the wake of a supernatural power struggle—and until she can find a way to quiet these spirits, she and her newborn daughter are in terrible danger.

Using Megan’s postpartum haunting as a powerful metaphor for a woman’s fraught relationship with her body and mind, Julia Fine once again delivers an imaginative and “barely restrained, careful musing on female desire, loneliness, and hereditary inheritances” (Washington Post).

Julia Fine is the author of the critically acclaimed What Should Be Wild, which was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Superior First Novel Award and the Chicago Review of Books Award. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and son.

Rebecca Makkai latest novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the LA Times Book Prize, the Clark Fiction Prize, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award; and it was one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime — four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Event date:
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 7:00pm
Event address:
Virtual via Crowdcast

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

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 Are Magic, Brooklyn for this event which will be streamed through Zoom and broadcast on Exile in Bookville’s Facebook Live as well as on the Exile in Bookville website.
You can purchase all of the books mentioned above through the Exile in Bookville website.

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Ragdale Ring 2020 Performance: Michael Zapata and The Herbsaint Band

Join Ragdale Ring for a special evening of New Orleans flavor, featuring author Michael Zapata in conversation with Rebecca Makkai, and The Herbsaint Band. This event is outdoors, with limited seating capacity to comply with Illinois COVID safety guidelines

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Solitude Social Club: A Bookish Happy Hour (Online!)

Solitude Social Club is Hugo House’s offering to readers and writers seeking connection during the social quarantine. On April 10th, guest writer Rebecca Makkai – Author will share a drink and discuss how she’s finding happiness through art and literature in these distancing times. After the conversation, we’ll break out into smaller groups and get to know one another.

RSVP to join the Zoom conversation, or find us streaming on Hugo House’s Facebook Live.

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Book Tour, Summer 2014

Announcing the Hundred-Year House book tour, Summer 2014! Many details still to come… Please feel free to share the Facebook pages and/or to kidnap bystanders with the intent of bringing them along.

 

NEW YORK, NY

MONDAY JULY 14

7:00 PM Reading & Signing

in conversation with David Daley of Salon.com

Launch Party

MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS

52 Prince St

New York, NY 10012

www.mcnallyjackson.com

212-274-1160

Facebook event page here

 

 

BOSTON, MA

WEDNESDAY JULY 16

7:00 PM Reading & Signing

BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH

279 Harvard St

Brookline, MA 02446

www.brooklinebooksmith.com/

617-566-6660

Facebook event page here    

 

 

PORTLAND, ME

THURSDAY JULY 17

7:00 PM Reading & Signing

LONGFELLOW BOOKS

One Monument Square

Portland, ME 04101

207-772-4045

 

 

DAMARISCOTTA, ME

FRIDAY JULY 18

7:00 PM Reading & Signing

MAINE COAST BOOK SHOP

158 Main St.

Damariscotta, ME 04543

www.mainecoastbookshop.com

207-563-3207

 

ROCHESTER, VT

SUNDAY JULY 27

6:00 PM Reading, Signing (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)

BIG TOWN GALLERY READING SERIES

with Henriette Lazadris Power

Details here

 

 

CONCORD, NH

WEDNESDAY JULY 30

7:00 PM Reading & Signing

GIBSON’S BOOKSTORE

45 S. Main St.

Concord, NH 03301

http://www.gibsonsbookstore.com

603-224-0562

Facebook event page here

 

 

NAPERVILLE, IL

TUESDAY AUGUST 5

7:00PM Party/Reading

ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP

123 W. Jefferson Ave.

Naperville, IL 60540

http://andersons2.indiebound.com/

630-355-2665

 

 

MILWAUKEE, WI

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6

7:00PM Reading, Q&A, and Signing

with Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY

2559 N Downer Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53211

http://boswell.indiebound.com/

414-332-1181
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

THURSDAY AUGUST 7

7:00PM Reading, Q&A, and Signing

COMMON GOOD BOOKS

38 S. Snelling Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55102

http://www.commongoodbooks.com

651-225-8989

 

CHICAGO, IL

SATURDAY AUGUST 9

7:00PM Reading, Q&A, and Signing

Cosponsored by StoryStudio Chicago

BOOK CELLAR

4736-38 North Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

http://www.bookcellarinc.com

773-293-2665

 

 

LAKE FOREST, IL

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14

1:00 PM Reading and high tea

Lake Forest Bookstore at Lake Forest Academy

A reading and tea on the historic grounds of Lake Forest Academy

Call Lake Forest Bookstore for reservations or more information

847 234-4420

 

 

GURNEE, IL  

TUESDAY AUGUST 26

7:00PM Reading, Q&A, and Signing

Warren Newport Library

Hosted by Lake Forest Book Store

847-234-4420

 

 

ATLANTA, GA  

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27

A CAPPELLA BOOKS/Offsite

West Side Provisions

Howell Mill at 14th St.

(1198 Howell Mill Road)

Atlanta, GA

Scavenger Hunt and dinner (by registration) in the Upper Courtyard, 6-7:30

Reading in Lower Courtyard, 8:00, with sales by A Cappella Books

More info: (404) 872-7538 x3

Event link

 

 

DECATUR, GA

DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

1:45-2:30 PM–  “Family Secrets” panel with Sarah Creech

Old Courthouse Stage

 

 

CHICAGO, IL

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9

6 pm reading and discussion

Harold Washington Library with author Cristina Henriquez

Sponsored by the Society of Midland Authors

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

 

 

CHICAGO, IL

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10

6:30PM  Reading, Talk & Signing with author Renee Rosen

Speakeasy Theme (Chicago in the 20s)

CITY LIT BOOKS

2523 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

http://www.citylitbooks.com

773-235-2523

 

 

WINNETKA, IL

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18

7:00PM Reading, Q&A, and Signing

THE BOOKSTALL AT CHESTNUT COURT

811 Elm Street

Winnetka, IL

http://www.thebookstall.com/

847-446-8880

 

 

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL

TUESDAY OCTOBER 14

Vernon Area Library

7 pm reading and signing

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Reading in Chattanooga, 10/25

I’ll be reading on Thursday, October 25th in Chattanooga, as part of the Meacham Writers’ Workshop series. The joint reading, with Tom Balazs and Earl Braggs, is at 7 pm in the Chattanooga State Health Science Center. Open to the public. More information is here.

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Reading in Libertyville, IL – Tuesday, 9/4!

I’ll be reading from The Borrower at the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, IL on Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00 pm. Event details and free registration are here, and library details and location are here. Books will be available from Lake Forest Book Store.

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New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont

I have four New England readings coming up in July for the paperback of The Borrower. Please join us if you can!

Tuesday, July 24th, 7:00 — Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH, along with Tim Horvath, NH-based author of the amazing collection Understories.

Wednesday, July 25th, 5:00 — Maine Coast Book Shop, Damariscotta, ME

Thursday, July 26th, 7:00 — Longfellow Books, Portland, ME

Tuesday, July 31st, 7:00 — discussion hosted by Vermont Book Shop at 51 Main, Middlebury, VT

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The Borrower Book Tour Dates

I’ll be promoting the paperback of The Borrower this summer (2012) with readings and signings. I’m also available to visit and Skype with book clubs! Public readings are as follows:

Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 — The Book Stall, Winnetka, IL (Paperback Launch!)

Wednesday, May 30th, 7:00 — Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI

Friday, June 8th, 7:00 — Frugal Muse Bookstore, Darien, IL (part of Girls’ Night Out for the Darien Mall, though I don’t think men would be shunned)

Tuesday, June 12th, 6:30 — Carnegie Public Library, Angola, IN

Wednesday, June 13th — Books & Co., Dayton, OH (details to come)

Thursday, June 14th, 7:00 — Hudson, OH Public Library, book sales by The Learned Owl

Saturday, June 16h — Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT (with Leslie Daniels; also with wine and food!)

Tuesday, July 24th, 7:00 — Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH

Wednesday, July 25th, 6:00 — Maine Coast Bookshop, Daramascotta, ME

Thursday, July 26th, 7:00 — Longfellow Books, Portland, ME

Tuesday, Septemeber 4th, 7:00 — Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville, IL (6:30 Book Club, 7:00 Reading)

Date TBA, fall 2012 — Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park, IL

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Reading in Milwaukee, 7/20

I will be reading at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 20th. My last reading for a few weeks…

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