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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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Exile In Bookville Presents: Authors on Tap: Steve Almond and Rebecca Makkai

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exile in Bookville, 410 S. Michigan Avenue (2nd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Free

Authors on Tap: Steve Almond and Rebecca Makkai Friday May 27 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm Join us IN PERSON or virtually on Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm central to help celebrate Steve Almond's new novel, All the Secrets of the World.  Steve will be in conversation with Exile MVP Rebecca Makkai! Steve Almond is the author of a dozen books, including “Candyfreak” and “Against Football,” which were both on the New York Times’ Bestseller list for about four seconds.  He’s the recipient of an NEA…

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July 2022

Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference: The Origins of The Original

July 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$30

The Northwestern University Summer Writers’ Conference is back! This year, the conference is entirely online again so you can join us from anywhere in the world. Details are forthcoming. In the meantime, please save the dates! The conference is hosted by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies MA in Writing and  MFA in Prose and Poetry programs. July 9th, 2022 11:00am – noon CST The Origins of the Original Featuring Rebecca Makkai For writing to succeed, it must be both well-executed and original. But…

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August 2022

StoryStudio Chicago: StoryBoard Presents: Rebecca Makkai in Conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot, Ingrid Rojas-Contreras, Megan Stielstra, Pablo Cartaya, and Dan Chaon

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Free

StoryBoard Kick Off!  Mark you calendars for August 12 at 7 pm CT. StoryStudio Chicago Artistic Director Rebecca Makkai will be in conversation with five of the StoryBoard faculty members in webinar fashion on Zoom, a conversation that will be free and open to the public!

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September 2022

Exile in Bookville Presents: Authors on Tap: Anca L. Szilágyi and Rebecca Makkai

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Exile in Bookville, 410 S. Michigan Avenue (2nd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Free

Join us IN PERSON on Thursday, September 29 at 7 pm central to help celebrate the launch of Anca L. Szilágyi's second novel, Dreams Under Glass.  Anca will be in conversation with Exile MVP Rebecca Makkai! About Dreams Under Glass: An art school grad turned paralegal faces a shocking and surreal death at her law firm against a backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis in New York City. “A darkly delicious exploration of modern entrapment, Dreams Under Glass is both a coming-of-age novel and a horror story about gluttony,…

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October 2022

Electric Lit Presents: The Craft of Covid in Fiction

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$10

The dynamic, unpredictable nature of the pandemic has forced novelists to become pundits, predicting what the world will look like when their novels are published. They also face unique craft challenges: how do masks affect dialogue, character descriptions, and scene? How do social distancing and quarantine warp relationship dynamics? Rebecca Makkai chose to move the events of I Have Some Questions for You to 2018, but still had to negotiate Covid protocol for courtroom scenes set in 2022. The protagonist of…

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