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Six Bridges Book Festival: Rebecca Makkai & Curtis Sittenfeld

Six Bridges Book Festival: Rebecca Makkai & Curtis Sittenfeld

New York Times bestseller I Have Some Questions for You is Rebecca Makkai’s most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a trans?xing mystery at its heart.

In Curtis Sittenfeld’s Romantic Comedy, Sally Milz is a sketch writer for a live comedy show that airs each Saturday night. When pop music sensation Noah Brewster appears as a musical guest, Sally hits it off with him instantly and sparks seem to fly. But he’s out of her league and this isn’t a romantic comedy—it’s real life…right?


For more information about this event, or the Six Bridges Book Festival, please call 501-918-3000.

on September 27 2023· Tagged: , , , , , , ,

WORDPLAY CLASS: First Page, Last Polish (part of The Loft’s Wordplay festival)

Your opening is the first thing an agent or editor will read—and you don’t want it to be the last. But you’ve seen your own first page so often that its strengths, flaws, gaps, and even typos are invisible to you now. So often, all we can think to do to polish it up is add more descriptors—perhaps the last thing it needs. In this class we’ll hone the crucial elements of reader orientation, clarity, intrigue, promise, diction, and perspective—the things that make a reader keep reading, or move on. We’ll also talk about how to get a story really going, even in its first paragraphs, without sounding desperate—something harder than it seems.

on July 5 2023· Tagged: , , , , , ,

The Muse & The Marketplace:”Why Do We Do This?” Keynote Panel


“Why Do We Do This? Finding the Writerly Purposes that Make Publishing Worth It” Muse Keynote Panel
7am PT/9am CT/10am ET (Virtual)

In the face of all the difficulties authors encounter as we attempt to navigate the world of publishing, why do we continue to labor for years over our stories and the business of launching them into the world? Come hear how our panel of highly accomplished authors — Victor LaValle, Rebecca Makkai, and Maggie Shipstead — think about questions of writerly purpose in their own projects and careers, and discover what keeps them motivated and artistically engaged despite challenges they’ve encountered in their own publishing journeys.

Victor LaValle (He/Him)Keynote Panelist

Rebecca Makkai (She/Her)Keynote Panelist

Maggie Shipstead (She/Her)Keynote Panelist

on May 21 2023· Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A Virtual Evening with Rebecca Makkai: I Have Some Questions For You

Join New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Makkai for a live stream conversation on her new novel, I Have Some Questions For You. Audience Q&A to follow.

This event is presented by Books & Books, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Prairie Lights Books, and Print: A Bookstore. To purchase a signed copy of Rebecca’s book, please visit their websites.

on February 27 2023· Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Authors on Tap: Lily King and Rebecca Makkai

Looking for the perfect gift idea for that avid and discerning reader on your holiday shopping list? Well call off the dogs, because we have you covered. Exile in Bookville has the honor of hosting Lily King on Monday, December 6th at 7:00pm central to help celebrate her debut short story collection, Five Tuesdays in Winter.  This very special event will be held IN PERSON and virtually simulcast just a few floors above Exile in beautiful Curtiss Hall, located on the 10th floor of the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. Come for the breathtaking view, stay for the event!  And if that wasn’t enough, Lily will be in conversation with literary superstar and Exile VIP Rebecca Makkai!

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on December 6 2021· Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Unabridged Books Presents: “The Talented Miss Farwell” Virtual Event with Emily Gray Tedrowe & Rebecca Makkai

Celebrate the paperback release of The Talented Miss Farwell with author Emily Gray Tedrowe on Wednesday, September 1st at 7:30 pm CDT! The author will be joined for a conversation by Rebecca Makkai!

About the book:
Catch Me If You Can meets Patricia Highsmith in this “stylish” (New York Times Book Review) page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention that is a piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist.

At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie’s in New York City, selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumored 900 percent profit. Dressed in couture YSL, drinking the finest champagne at trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she’s known, is the picture of a wealthy art collector. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she’s a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make.

But a thousand miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely–a quiet single woman known as Becky who still lives in her family’s farmhouse, wears sensible shoes, and works tirelessly as the town’s treasurer and controller.

No one understands the ins and outs of Pierson’s accounts better than Becky; she’s the last one in the office every night, crunching the numbers. Somehow, her neighbors marvel, she always finds a way to get the struggling town just a little more money. What Pierson doesn’t see–and can never discover–is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that she controls, “borrowed” funds used to finance her art habit. Though she quietly repays Pierson when she can, the business of art is cutthroat and unpredictable.

But as Reba Farwell’s deals get bigger and bigger, Becky Farwell’s debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life?

About the author:
Emily Gray Tedrowe
is the Chicago-based author of three novels including The Talented Miss Farwell.
Photo Credt: 
Marion Ettlinger






Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great BelieversThe Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime.The Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


on September 1 2021· Tagged: , , , , ,

Ellen Stone Belic Presents: In Her Infinite Wisdom Joyce Carol Oates: The (Other) You In Conversation With Rebecca Makkai

Part of the 2021 Chicago Humanities Festival

In her latest short story collection The (Other) You Joyce Carol Oates ponders who her characters might have become if they’d chosen different paths. Through the imaginations of her contemplative protagonists, Oates—author of contemporary classic novels like We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde—deftly detangles the complex circumstances that dictate who we turn out to be. Join Oates and Rebecca Makkai, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Great Believers, for a discussion of destiny, alternative realities, and our other selves.

  • General Audience tickets are $$35, which includes access to the virtual event and a signed copy of The (Other) You directly to your door (U.S. addresses only). ALL tickets must be purchased online via Seminary Co-op directly. Phone orders or email requests cannot be accepted.
  • This program is free to watch for CHF members at the Friends level ($125) and up, no need to register. These members will be emailed a link to enjoy the program on the event date. Books are available for purchase.
  • Please note: this event will be livestreamed on March 25th at 7pm central time and registered guests will have a period of 7 days to enjoy the program.
  • Registered guests will receive a link to watch the program from the Chicago Humanities Festival via email on the day of the event at the email address you used to make your purchase.
  • All CHF’s virtual events have closed captions. To request another accessible accommodation, such as ASL interpretation or audio description, please reach out to us at We will do our best to accommodate late requests, but to ensure a service provider is available, please try to make your request at least 2 weeks out from the event date.
  • If you have questions about the virtual event, please contact the Chicago Humanities Festival.
  • This event will be livestreamed with a live Q+A.

This program is generously underwritten by Ellen Stone Belic.

*Special note about registration: To improve your experience on our website, we are currently building a new ticketing system. In the meantime, you’ll notice different ways of registering for upcoming winter events. We know this can be confusing and we appreciate your patience as we build a better platform. Please reach out to with any questions–we have a small staff and promise to reply as soon as we can!

on March 25 2021· Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

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