Signed & Personalized Rebecca Makkai Books Available from Lake Forest Bookstore

As the 2020 Holiday Season approaches, I’ve partnered with Lake Forest Bookstore to offer signed, personalized, and dedicated copies of my books!

To order a signed copy of any of my books:

  1. Head to  (if you click the hyperlink it will take you straight to my author page on their site!)
  2. Add any and all of my books to your cart
  3. When you check out, in the “notes” section before you complete your order, include any personalization or dedication requests in that box!
  4. Complete your purchase and be everyone’s favorite gift giver this year.

Three cheers for supporting indie bookstores!


Posted in News on November 23 2020

Rebecca Makkai’s 2020 Literary Christmahanukwanzivus Gift Guide

Since indie bookstores need us to order our holiday gifts NOW, and since books are easy to wrap and store and ship, here’s my attempt at a 2020 Literary Christmas/Hannukah/Kwaanza/Festivus gift guide!

To find a local bookstore near you, or your giftee, check out Indiebound!

While most indie bookstores will wrap books for you, BookBub, has some excellent ideas for book wrapping yourself!

Due to my judging duties this year, I am not recommending any new American fiction, but I know you can find that on your own! 

Now, to the suggestions!

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Posted in Media, News on October 12 2020

They Were Warriors | Chicago Magazine

Click here to read “They Were Warriors”

I’m so thrilled to share this, finally. I compiled an oral history for Chicago Magazine of the 1990 ACT UP demonstration that’s a pivotal scene in The Great Believers. This month marks its 30th anniversary, and I had no idea as I worked on it how much more relevant these stories of health care battles would be by the time the article appeared.

This was the major project of my winter, and I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of anything I’ve published. That’s largely because very few of these words are my own; I’m deeply indebted to Owen Keehnen, Lori F. Cannon, William McMillan, Steve Migalski, Roberto Sanabria, Justin Hayford, Mary Patten, Jeff Edwards, Jeanne Kracher, and Saundra Johnson for their words and time and memories, as well of course as their ongoing activism. Writing this was an education in so many ways.

I hope you’ll read this (it’s empowering, I do promise) and share their words widely. Today is World Health Day; let’s keep fighting, in honor of the past and the future.


Posted in Essays, Media, News on April 7 2020


The following events have been cancelled or postponed:

April 3, 2020: OAH 2020 Annual Meeting – CANCELLED

April 17, 2020: W&L Tom Wolfe Weekend – CANCELLED (we hope to reschedule in the fall!)

April 23, 2020: The Lakeland University Community Book Read – POSTPONED (date TBD)

April 26, 2020: Literature for All of Us Benefit: Spring Brunch – POSTPONED (date TBD)

May 1, 2020: Writing On The Door Fiction Conference – CANCELLED

June 2020 : Lit Camp – CANCELLED

When rescheduled event dates are confirmed and announced, I will update my calendar and website with the new event information.

Posted in News on March 20 2020

[ CANCELLED / ABGESAGT] Germany Appearances March 2020 / Deutschland Auftritte März 2020

I am saddened to share that my appearances in Germany, and readings at Bookstore Geistesblüten on March 19, Carl-Schurz-Haus on March 20, and Cologne Literature Festival on March 21 have been cancelled.


Ich bin traurig darüber, dass meine Auftritte in Deutschland und die Lesungen im Buchladen Geistesblüten am 19. März, im Carl-Schurz-Haus am 20. März und im Kölner Literaturfestival am 21. März abgesagt wurden.

Posted in News on March 14 2020

POSTPONED EVENTS: Boston + NYC March, 2020

The event at More Than Words in Boston, MA on March 15th, 2020, and the event at The New York Public Library, in New York, NY on March 16, 2020 have been postponed until a later date in 2020.

When that date is confirmed and announced, I will update my calendar and website with the new event information.

Posted in News on March 11 2020

AWP Clark Prize Reception Postponed

The AWP Clark Prize Reception Ceremony on March 5th, 2020 has been postponed until a later date in 2020. When that date is confirmed and announced, I will update my calendar and website with the new event information.

At this time, the AWP Conference will continue mostly as planned. For the most up-to-date information regarding the status of the 2020 AWP Conference please refer to the AWP Website or @awpwriter on social media.

Posted in News on March 3 2020

Come Study With Me in Portugal!

Join me in Portugal June 4-13, 2020 for a 9-day creative writing workshop with Sierra Nevada University.

This workshop is open to the public!

Sign up by contacting Terra Breeden at Sierra Nevada University.

More information including pricing, itinerary, and contact information is below:

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Posted in News on February 21 2020

Finalist for 2019 Pulitzer Prize

The Great Believers was, along with Tommy Orange’s There There, one of the finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Richard Powers’ The Overstory won the honor.

Posted in News on April 21 2019

New York Times Ten Best Books of 2018

The Great Believers was one of em! 

Posted in News on April 21 2019

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