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Virtual Event: David Mitchell Trivia Night

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Calling all David Mitchell fans! Brookline Booksmith is partnering with Random House to host a David Mitchell Trivia Night Contest!

On July 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET, bookstores from across the country will each host a virtual David Mitchell Trivia Night Contest. Show off your stuff as the biggest fan! One winner from each store will be invited to attend a second trivia event taking place in late July, where they will compete for the grand prize:

The ultimate winner, from that second round, will have the chance to be featured as a character in David Mitchell’s next book.

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Virtual Event: Launch for ‘Inheritors’ by Asako Serizawa, with Molly Antopol

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Join author Asako Serizawa and Brookline Booksmith in launching Asako’s debut story collection Inheritors! Asako will be in conversation with Molly Antopol.

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Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations across colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war. A retired doctor is forced to confront the horrific moral consequences of his wartime actions. An elderly woman subjects herself to an interview, gradually revealing a fifty-year old murder and its shattering aftermath. And in the last days of a doomed war, a prodigal son who enlisted against his parents’ wishes survives the American invasion of his island outpost, only to be asked for a sacrifice more daunting than any he imagined.

Serizawa’s characters walk the line between the devastating realities of war and the banal needs of everyday life as they struggle to reconcile their experiences with the changing world. A breathtaking meditation on suppressed histories and the relationship between history, memory, and storytelling, Inheritors stands in the company of Lisa Ko, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Min Jin Lee.

Asako Serizawa was born in Japan and grew up in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. A graduate of Tufts University, Brown University, and Emerson College, she has received two O. Henry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. A recent fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she currently lives in Boston. Inheritors is her first book.

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Molly Antopol is the author of The UnAmericans, which was a National Book Award nominee and winner of the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award. The recipient of the Berlin Prize, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship, she teaches at Stanford and is at work on a novel.

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Virtual Event: Daniel Silva

Brookline Booksmith partners with HarperCollins to present thriller master Daniel Silva discussing his new novel The Order with CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel. This event is ticketed, so please click the link above to buy your tickets now!

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Virtual Event: Trixie Mattel + Katya

The RuPaul’s Drag Race legends, stars of UNHhhh, and expert biological women share the secrets of their feminine mystique in this satirical guide to beauty and homemaking.

All tickets come with a copy of Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood. Click the button above for tickets!

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Drag superstars Trixie Mattel and Katya have long captivated fans with their stunning looks, onscreen chemistry, and signature wit. In Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood, the pair channel that energy into an old-school etiquette guide for ladies.

In essays, conversations, and how-to sections peppered with hilarious, gorgeous photos, Trixie and Katya will advise readers on beauty and fashion and tackle other vital components of a happy home, such as money, self-love, and friendship; sharing advice and personal stories in high-concept fashion. Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood is the book that their fans have been waiting for.

Trixie Mattel is a drag performer, singer-songwriter, and comedian. She is thinner and richer than Katya.

Katya Zamolodchikova is a drag performer, actor, and comedian. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband, Gerald, and their four beautiful daughters, Linda, Terry, Leslie, and Gwen.

* This event was previously listed as taking place on July 13th. July 15th is the correct date. *

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Virtual Event: Laurie Halse Anderson

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Princess Diana of Themyscira’s 16th birthday means acceptance into the warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea.

Cut off from everything she’s ever known, Diana becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land. She must survive in the world beyond Themyscira for the first time–a world that is filled with danger and injustice unlike anything she’s ever experienced. With new battles to be fought and new friends to be made, she must redefine what it means to
belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.

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Laurie Halse Anderson is known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature. Laurie has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council and frequently speaks about sexual violence.

Books are available for pickup or US delivery. The first 20 orders of Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed will received a signed bookplate with their book!

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Virtual Event: Richard Farrell

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Tragedy strikes during a cross-country flight when sudden turbulence causes the jet to come apart in midair. The odds of anyone surviving are nearly impossible. Charlie Radford, a young National Transportation Safety Board investigator, is part of the team sent to determine what caused the crash. When he hears a rumor of a survivor, he assumes it is a hoax. As word of this “miracle” reaches the media and Congress, Radford is forced to track down “the falling woman,” said to have been found in a barn still strapped to her seat.

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A riveting novel that ultimately asks compelling questions about the value of privacy, our responsibilities to our loved ones, and our right to control our own narrative, Richard Farrell’s debut is perfectly framed to become a favorite for book clubs and for all readers who relish a profound, page-turning story with heart.

Richard Farrell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former pilot who holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, upstreet, New Plains Review, Potomac Review, Descant, and elsewhere. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, he teaches creative writing at Grossmont College in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Virtual Event: Carlos Fonseca and Andrew Martin

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Join the Transnational Literature Series for an evening of fiction with Carlos Fonseca and Andrew Martin.

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Natural History by Carlos Fonseca and translated by Megan McDowell is the portrait of a world trapped between faith and irony, between tragedy and farce. A defiantly contemporary and impressively ambitious novel in the tradition of Italo Calvino and Ricardo Piglia, it confirms Carlos Fonseca as one of the most daring writers of his generation.

Carlos Fonseca was born in San José, Costa Rica, and spent half of his childhood and adolescence in Puerto Rico. In 2016, he was named one of the twenty best Latin American writers born in the 1980s at the Guadalajara Book Fair, and in 2017 he was included in the Bogotá39 list of the best Latin American writers under forty. He is the author of the novel Colonel Lágrimas, and in 2018, he won the National Prize for Literature in Costa Rica for his book of essays, La Lucidez del Miope. He teaches at Trinity College, Cambridge, and lives in London.

Expanding the world of his classic-in-the-making debut novel Early Work, Andrew Martin’s Cool for America is a hilarious collection of overlapping stories that explores the dark zone between artistic ambition and its achievement.

Andrew Martin’s first novel Early Work was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a finalist for the Cabell First Novelist Award. His stories and essays have been published in The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He lives in New York with his partner, Laura, and their dog, Bonnie.

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Virtual Event: Lindsay Ellis

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Lindsay Ellis virtually visits Brookline Booksmith with a special guest to discuss her new novel, Axiom’s End! Every ticket for this event comes with a copy of the book and a signed bookplate. For more details, click the registration link!

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Virtual Event: In Their Voices: Korean Adoptees Tell Their Stories. An Evening with Nicole Chung and Jenny Heijun Wills in Conversation with Mee-ok

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Hosted by Brookline Booksmith in partnership with Another Story Bookshop.

The Transnational Literature Series welcomes Korean adoptees to discuss identity, belonging, adoption—and writing their stories.

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With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets—vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

Nicole Chung was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in the Washington, DC area. Her nationally bestselling debut memoir All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, NPR, TIME, Newsday, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and Chicago Public Library, among many others. She is the editor in chief of Catapult magazine, co-editor of the immigration anthology A Map Is Only One Story, and the former managing editor of The Toast. Her next book is forthcoming from Ecco Books/HarperCollins.

In her beautiful and haunting memoir of kinship and culture rediscovered, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related Jenny Heijun Wills recounts the story of reconnecting with her first family in Korea while living at a guesthouse for transnational adoptees. Delving into gender, class, racial, and ethnic complexities, as well as into the complex relationships between Korean women—sisters, mothers and daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren, aunts and nieces—Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. describes in visceral, lyrical prose the painful ripple effects that follow a child’s removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness.

Jenny Heijun Wills is the author of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related: A Memoir, which has received much acclaim, including being one of the Globe & Mail’s top 100 books of 2019, one of the Winnipeg Free Press’s 10 best books of the last decade, and winning the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust award for Non-Fiction in 2019 and the 2020 Best First Book by the Manitoba Book Awards. She has lived, studied, and worked in Montreal, Boston, Toronto, and Seoul. She teaches in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg.

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Mee-ok is the winner of the 2019 Construction Literary Magazine Contest for Nonfiction and was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. She has also been featured in the LA Times, Boston Globe Magazine, American Journal of Poetry, Korean Quarterly, and Michael Pollan’s anthology for Medium, where her piece was named Editor’s Pick. She is currently a contributing editor at Passengers Journal and the recipient of the 2021 Voices of Color Fellowship at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing as well as a visiting lecturer at the Frank Lloyd Wright estate, Taliesin, where she is a former Writer in Residence. More at Mee-ok.com

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Virtual Event: R.A. Salvatore

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Brookline Booksmith invites you to celebrate the release of R.A. Salvatore’s Relentless: A Drizzt Novel, the epic concluding volume of the Generations trilogy!

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Relentless: A Drizzt Novel

Thirty years since the debut of legendary dark elf warrior Drizzt Do’Urden, the character has become an icon of epic fantasy, roleplaying, and storytelling. In this, the final novel of the Generations trilogy, Drizzt’s father Zaknafein finds himself himself and his friend, mercenary Jarlaxle, trapped in a seemingly inescapable, bleak and perilous situation. Death surrounds them–but will that be the ultimate challenge that faces Zaknafein? Or will life itself take that honor?

R.A. Salvatore has sold more than 30 million books worldwide, thanks to his groundbreaking work on Forgotten Realms and numerous epic fantasy series. He has been on the NYT bestseller list over two dozen times. He lives in Massachusetts, enjoys his weekly DemonWars game, and plays softball for a team called Team Battlehammer.

This event is $5 to attend, but you can enter free with coupon code by ordering RELENTLESS from the Brookline Booksmith online shop. Thank you for helping us continue to do what we love!

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Virtual Event: Hank Phillippi Ryan

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We all have our reasons for being who we are—but what if being someone else could get you what you want?

After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know is she isn’t the only one plotting her revenge.

An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who must choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

Hank Phillippi Ryan has won five Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award for her bestselling mystery novels. As an investigative reporter, her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution for victims and consumers. Along with her 36 Emmys and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank has received dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A former president of Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, she lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney. She is the author of Trust Me, and the Jane Ryland series (The Other Woman, The Wrong Girl, Truth be Told, Say No More and What You See).

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Virtual Event: Jill MCCorkle

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Join Brookline Booksmith for a discussion with Jill McCorkle of her newest novel, Hieroglyphics.

Lil and Frank married young, bonding over the tragic childhood loss of a parent. Now retired, each of them begins to seek a past they’ve either lost to time or never fully uncovered. Lil, wishing to leave a history for her children, sifts through letters that reveal more than the pleasantries of the past. Frank returns repeatedly to his childhood home, triggering sometimes unwanted memories of his own past, and the childhood of the young mother who now lives there. Hieroglyphics is a mesmerizing novel about the burden of secrets carried across generations.

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The New York Times has called Jill McCorkle “a born novelist.” She has published eight novels and four collections of short stories. She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard, where she also chaired the department of creative writing. She is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

This event is free but you are welcome to pay your way, in support of Brookline Booksmith and our future events. You can support the author and the store by purchasing a copy of _Hieroglyphics _from us right here!

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Virtual Event: Heidi Pitlor and Caroline Leavitt

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Spend an evening with Brookline Booksmith and two incredible novelists in conversation! Caroline Leavitt and Heidi Pitlor join us to discuss their latest work.

Support the bookstore and the authors! Buy copies of Caroline Leavitt’s With or Without You and Heidi Pitlor’s Impersonation at the links!

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Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow. Her work has featured in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She’s a book critic for People, AARP, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches writing online at Stanford and UCLA.

In With or Without You, a woman who has always made sacrifices for her bass-player partner falls into a coma; suddenly, their roles reverse. When she awakes, he has formed an intense bond with a doctor who has been treating her. She has also awakened a gift: the ability to create portraits that reveal the innermost heart of their subjects.

Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage. She has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Her writing has featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, Ploughshares, and the anthologies It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories; Art; and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. She lives outside Boston.

In Impersonation, a ghostwriter raising her son single-handedly and living on the edge of economic security lands a dream job, writing a memoir for a politically hungry powerhouse lawyer whose team feel a memoir is her best route into public favor. But things get complicated, plans fall apart, and we all live in a world that’s more precarious than we’d like to think.

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Virtual Event: Janella Angeles and Roshani Chokshi

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Brookline Booksmith is excited to launch Janella Angeles’s debut YA novel, Where Dreams Descend! Join us for a virtual launch with Janella in conversation with Roshani Chokshi.

Support the bookstore and the author! Buy a copy of Where Dreams Descend from us to have it signed, with a special edition print delivered to your door! See below for full details.

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As magicians face off in a barren, frozen landscape in order to secure their place in Conquering Circus, an unexpected danger arises. Magicians are going missing, the victims of an unknown force. As the stakes rise and the terror mounts, will the participants unveil their secrets and unravel the mystery? Or will it all come tumbling down? A startling and romantic debut will draw you in, at your own peril…

Janella Angeles is a Filipino-American writer who works in children’s publishing by day, penning novels by night. She graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, but found the most valuable way of learning to write was in creating glorious Harry Potter fanfiction and reading obscene amounts of books. She currently resides in Massachusetts.

Roshani Chokshi is the author of acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels drawing on mythology and folklore. Her work is Locus and Nebula nominated. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.

SIGNED BOOKS AND PRINTS INFO! READ WITH CARE…

  • To have your book personalized and/or a print mailed to you, place your order with us by September 1st.
  • You must place your order online, at this link. Please use the comments section to note how you’d like your book made out! Please request names only, no longer text.
  • If you have already ordered a copy of When Dreams Descend from us, you will receive a print. To request a personalization of your book, please email us at events@brooklinebooksmith.com by September 1st.
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If you are picking the book up in person please provide a shipping address in the comments field, along with your personalization request, so that your print can be mailed to you separately!

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Independent Bookstore Day!

Come join us for Brookline Booksmith’s celebration of the 7th annual Independent Bookstore Day! Details to follow.

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Amanda Foody

Return to the City of Sin, where the perilous final game is about to begin…The players? Twenty-two of the most powerful, most notorious people in New Reynes.

With no choice but to play, Enne and Levi are desperate to forge new alliances and bargain for their safety. But any misstep could turn deadly when a far more dangerous opponent appears on the board – one plucked straight from the city’s most gruesome legends. While Levi hides behind a mask of false promises, Enne is finally forced out from behind hers and as the game takes its final, vicious turn, these two must decide once and for all whether to be partners or enemies. Because in a game for survival, there are no winners…there are only monsters.

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean. Her books include Daughter of the Burning City, Ace of Shades and King of Fools. The next installment of The Shadow Game series, Queen of Volts, releases on September 1, 2020, and her middle grade debut, Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice, hits shelves Spring 2021.

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Virtual Event: Kim Adrian and Alden Jones

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Join us for an evening of conversation with authors Alden Jones and Kim Adrian as they discuss their latest books, both of which explore their relationships to an iconic work of literature. In The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir, Alden Jones sets out to explore how Cheryl Strayed turned a solo hike into an inspirational memoir, beloved by millions. In Dear Knausgaard: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, Kim Adrian delivers a compelling feminist critique of Knausgaard’s 6-volume autobiographical novel through a series of warm and often funny letters.

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Kim Adrian is the author of the memoir The Twenty- Seventh Letter of the Alphabet. Her first book, Sock, is part of Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series. She edited The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, an anthology praised by The Millions for “offering a sense of hope about literature and its capacity for change.”

Alden Jones is the author of Unaccompanied Minors and The Blind Masseuse. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, New York Magazine, Agni, The Rumpus, among others. She teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College and is core faculty in the low-residency Newport MFA program at Salve Regina University.

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Lara Ehrlich

The fifteen stories of Animal Wife are unified by girls and women who cross this threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, from their own minds. A girl born with feathers undertakes a quest for the mother who abandoned her. An indecisive woman drinks Foresight, only to become stymied by the futures branching before her. A proofreader cultivates a cage-fighting alter ego. A woman becomes psychologically trapped in her car. A girl acts on her desire for a childhood friend as a monster draws closer to the shore. A widow invites a bear to hibernate in her den. Animal Wife was selected as the winner of the Red Hen Fiction Award by New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood.

Lara Ehrlich’s writing appears in StoryQuarterly, F®iction, Hunger Mountain, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere, and she has received scholarship support from the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, the Midwest Writers Workshop, and the Garret on the Green. Lara has attended the Bread Loaf and Tin House writers’ conferences, and she is the recipient of an IHAF In-House Creativity Award and numerous Council for Advancement and Support of Education awards for her feature writing. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Boston University, and she lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Visit her website at laraehrlich.com.

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