[ 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

LA Times Book Prize

I’m so thrilled and grateful that The Great Believers won the LA Times Book Prize on April 12th.

Posted in News on March 29 2019

ALA Carnegie Medal, ALA Stonewall Award

The Great Believers has won two awards from the American Library Association: The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the Stonewall Barbara Gittings Literature Award. I’ll be at the ALA conference in late June to accept both awards, with boundless gratitude.

Posted in News on March 29 2019

Finalist for National Book Award

The Great Believers was shortlisted for the National Book Award, something I’m still enormously grateful for. Many thanks to the National Book Foundation, the judges, and everyone who helped me figure out my dress.

Posted in News on October 5 2018

Three Starred Reviews for The Great Believers

The Great Believers has received starred reviews in…

Publishers Weekly: “A striking, emotional journey through the 1980s AIDS crisis and its residual effects on the contemporary lives of survivors… Makkai creates a powerful, unforgettable meditation, not on death, but rather on the power and gift of life. This novel will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of readers.”

Booklist: “As her intimately portrayed characters wrestle with painful pasts and fight to love one another and find joy in the present in spite of what is to come, Makkai carefully reconstructs 1980s Chicago, WWI-era and present-day Paris, and scenes of the early days of the AIDS epidemic. A tribute to the enduring forces of love and art, over everything.”

Kirkus: “Another ambitious change of pace for the versatile and accomplished Makkai (The Hundred-Year House, 2014, etc.), whose characters wrangle with the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic at its height and in its aftermath… Her rich portraits of an array of big personalities and her affecting depiction of random, horrific death faced with varying degrees of gallantry make this tender, keening novel an impressive act of imaginative empathy. As compulsively readable as it is thoughtful and moving: an unbeatable fictional combination.”


Posted in News on June 14 2018

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