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ROBERT AND ADELE SCHIFF FICTION FESTIVAL, April 5-7, 2017, University of Cincinnati. Featuring Catherine Lacey, Elizabeth McKenzie, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and Jung Yun

Fiction Reading: Catherine Lacey & Jung Yun
►April 5, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
►Tangeman University Center 400C

Panel: “The Engines of Fiction”
►April 6, 2017; 11:00 a.m.
►Tangeman University Center 400A

Fiction Reading: Elizabeth McKenzie & Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
►April 6, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
►Tangeman University Center 400A

Panel: “The Writer as Reader” 
►April 7, 2017; 10:00 a.m.
►Location TUC 417ABC


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header_0-1.pngTucson Festival of Books, March 11-12, 2017

Scheduled events:
National Book Award Salute–Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The National Book Award exists to “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. “Seven of the 2016 honorees, including the winners for fiction and nonfiction, are welcomed to the Festival by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

Panelists: Adam CohenPaulette JilesIbram X. KendiGrace LinElizabeth McKenzieAndrés ReséndezColson Whitehead
Moderator: Lisa Lucas

Writers for a New Generation–Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Smart, hip and witty writers who think out of the box are creating innovative formats, unconventional characters, and a new world view for readers of a new generation. Three notable authors discuss writing for the way we read now.

Panelists: Peter Ho DaviesÁlvaro EnrigueElizabeth McKenzie
Moderator: Helene Woodhams

Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen: The New York Times Book Review says, “a literary novel with a squirrel subplot may sound improbable, yet McKenzie adroitly skirts the line between plausible and the absurd. Veblen, the book’s heart and spirit, wins us over with her sense of wonder about the natural versus the man-made world a wonder that suffuses the entirety of this quirky, engaging novel.”

Mostly Books, Booth #240 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Fiction / Literature

Author: Elizabeth McKenzie

Colson Whitehead – A Conversation with the National Book Award Winner–Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for fiction talks about books and writing with National Book Award honoree Elizabeth McKenzie.

Panelist: Colson Whitehead
Moderator: Elizabeth McKenzie

Dysfunction Junction: Satire Begins at Home–Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

From wryly witty to laugh-out-loud funny, these three masters of satire offer clever scenarios and dialog with enough snap-crackle-and-pop to keep readers slightly off-balance and always entertained.

Panelists: Nathan HillElizabeth McKenzieLuis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Lisa Napoli

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Feb. 10, 2017 Close the Gap CA, Palo Alto

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AUTHOR EVENTS

1/17/2017 COPPERFIELDS BOOKS-CALISTOGA
1330 LINCOLN AVE
CALISTOGA, CA 94515-1702
7:00 PM
1/19/2017 BOOK PASSAGE
51 TAMAL VISTA BLVD
CORTE MADERA, CA 94925-1145
7:00 PM
1/23/2017 BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY
2559 N DOWNER AVE
MILWAUKEE, WI 53211-4242
7:00 PM
1/24/2017 LEFT BANK BOOKS
399 N EUCLID AVE
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63108-1245
7:00 PM
1/25/2017 WATERMARK BOOKS
4701 E DOUGLAS AVE
WICHITA, KS 67218-1012
6:00 PM
1/26/2017 A CAPPELLA BOOKS
208 HARALSON AVE NE
ATLANTA, GA 30307-2534
7:00 PM
1/27/2017 AVID BOOKSHOP
493 PRINCE AVE
ATHENS, GA 30601-2448
6:30 PM
1/31/2017 POWELL’S BOOKS
1005 W BURNSIDE ST
PORTLAND, OR 97209-3114
7:30 PM

Miami Book Fair

National Book Award Nominees: Fiction

Saturday, November 19 @ 3:30 pm

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This year’s nominees of the prestigious National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards in Fiction present selected readings.

Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking Books)
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday)
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn (Amistad)
Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen (Penguin Press)
Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone (Little Brown & Co.)

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AWP: Jonathan Franzen & Elizabeth McKenzie

Friday April 1, 2016
01:30 pm

Franzen photo credit: Watter Al Bahr

At this year’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles, The Center For Fiction will present author Jonathan Franzen (Purity) in conversation with Elizabeth McKenzie (The Portable Veblen).


The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093-2236

Thursday, March 3, 2016
7 p.m./in conversation with Christine Sneed

Christine Sneed‘s third book, the novel Paris, He Said (Bloomsbury USA) was published on May 5, 2015.  Bloomsbury’s Spring 2015 catalog is viewable here.

Along with being named a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize in the first-fiction category, her first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize, was awarded Ploughshares’  John C. Zacharis prize, and was chosen as Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association in the traditionally published fiction category.  Portraits was also longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize and was named one of the seven best books of the year by Time Out Chicago. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, won the Society of Midland Authors Award for best adult fiction 2013, was named one of Booklist‘s top ten debut novels of 2013, and best new book by a local author by Chicago Magazine.


City Lit Books

2523 N. Kedzie

Chicago, IL

Friday, March 4, 2016

6:30 pm/in conversation with Peter Ferry

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Peter Ferry‘s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fiction, OR, Chicago Quarterly Review and StoryQuarterly; he is the winner of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Short Fiction. He is a frequent contributor to the travel pages of The Chicago Tribune and to WorldHum. He has written two novels, Travel Writing, which was published in 2008 to international acclaim, and Old Heart, which was published in June, 2015 and has been named the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and Van Buren County, Michigan with his wife Carolyn.


Celtic Knot, Evanston, IL

Saturday, March 5, 2016

4-6 pm/in celebration with the Chicago Quarterly Review and Catamaran Literary Reader. Also reading: S. Afzal Haider, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Susan Sensemann, Umberto Tosi

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Cafe Society at Kaleidoscope with Jane Vandenburgh

109 Park Place, Richmond, CA

February 26, 7-9 pm


Loyola Marymount University Events, Los Angeles, CA

Monday, February 22 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm 

English Village, University Hall, Suite 3800


Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA

Friday, February 19, 2016, 7 p.m.


Bookshop West Portal
80 West Portal Ave.
San Francisco CA 94127-1304

Thursday, February 18, 2016
7 p.m./ In conversation with Scott Hutchins

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Scott Hutchins currently teaches at Stanford University. He was a former Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterlyFive Chapters, The Owls, The Rumpus, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine and Esquire, and was recently set to music.  He is the recipient of two major Hopwood awards and the Andrea Beauchamp prize in short fiction.  In 2006 and 2010, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. His novel A Working Theory of Love was a San Francisco ChronicleBest Book of 2012 and has been translated into nine languages.


Rakestraw Books

2 Railroad Avenue

Danville, CA

Monday, February 15, 2016

7 pm


Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1905

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
7 p.m.


The Regulator Bookshop
720 9th St.
Durham, NC 27705-4877

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7 p.m.


Square Books
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655-3998

Thursday, February 4, 2016
6 p.m.


 Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101-2116

Monday, February 1, 2016
7 p.m. 


Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Thursday, January 28, 2016
7 p.m.


Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
7 p.m. / In conversation with Rick Kleffel

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Rick Kleffel reports on literature, technology and whatever he can talk his editor into for National Public Radio. He hosts an hour of literary and theatrical talk Sundays at 6 PM Pacific Time on NPR Affiliate KUSP, 88.9 FM for the California Central Coast, and online at http://kusp.org/live. He rarely sleeps and sometimes plays electronic music.