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September 2021

James Kennedy, Dare to Know

September 11 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish and the founder and director of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Before becoming a writer, he was a software engineer with a degree in physics and philosophy, subjects he continues to explore in his writing. Dare to Know is his first adult novel.

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Meredith Westgate, The Shimmering State

September 11 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Meredith is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MFA in Fiction from The New School. She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, Girls At Library, The Seventh Wave, drDOCTOR, and as part of an interactive exhibit at The Demuth Museum. The Shimmering State is her first novel.

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Stephen Graham Jones, My Heart Is a Chainsaw

September 11 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient, has won the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards; and has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. He is the Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Julia Fine, The Upstairs House

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Julia Fine is the author of The Upstairs House and What Should Be Wild, which was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Superior First Novel Award and the Chicago Review of Books Award. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and children.

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Maryse Meijer, The Seventh Mansion

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Maryse is the author of The Seventh Mansion, Northwood, Rag, and Heartbreaker. She lives in Chicago.

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Bess Winter, Machines of Another Era

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Bess Winter is a Canadian-American writer. Her debut collection of short fiction, Machines of Another Era, was released in 2021 by Gold Wake Press. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short(er) Fiction Prize, and appears most recently in Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, and Gettysburg Review.

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Kate Wisel, Driving in Cars with Homeless Men

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Kate Wisel is the author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, winner of the 2019 Drue Hein Literature Prize, selected by Min Jin Lee. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at Loyola University.

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Kathleen Rooney, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Kathleen Rooney is the author, most recently, of the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin's Press, 2017) and the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). She is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, The Nation and elsewhere. She teaches English and…

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Marisel Vera, The Taste of Sugar

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Marisel Vera is a Chicago writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Through her work, Vera explores the particular burdens that Puerto Ricans, on the island and in the diaspora, carry as colonial subjects of the most powerful country in the world. Her latest novel, The Taste of Sugar (Liveright Publishing, June 2020), is a tale of love and endurance on the eve of the Spanish-American War, told through two Puerto Rican families. The Washington Post called it “a masterful work of historical fiction” and a…

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Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division

September 11 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Grace Place (2nd Floor), 637 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, including Summer of the Big Bachi, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and one of Chicago Tribune’s Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers; Gasa Gasa Girl; Snakeskin Shamisen; and Hiroshima Boy. She is also the author of the LA-based Ellie Rush mysteries. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has co-written non-fiction books like Life after Manzanar and the award-winning Terminal Island:…

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Clay Chapman, Whisper Down the Lane

September 11 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Clay McLeod Chapman writes novels, comic books, and children's books, as well as for film and TV. He is the author of the horror novels The Remaking and Whisper Down the Lane. Visit him at claymcleodchapman.com.

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John Galligan, Bad Moon Rising

September 11 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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John Galligan is the author of the Fly Fishing Mystery series, The Nail Knot, The Blood Knot, The Clinch Knot and The Wind Knot; the Bad Axe County series, Bad Moon Rising, Bad Axe County, and Dead Man Dancing; and the novel Red Sky, Red Dragonfly. He lives and teaches college writing in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Lori Rader-Day, The Lucky One

September 11 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award–nominated and Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award–winning author of The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She lives in Chicago, where she is co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. She was the 2020 national president of Sisters in Crime.

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Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat in conversation with Maryse Meijer

September 12 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
AWM/Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation Stage, 47 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Dantiel W. Moniz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, and has been named a "Writer to Watch" by Publishers Weekly and Apple Books. Her debut collection, Milk Blood Heat, is an Indie Next Pick, an inaugural Roxane Gay Audacious Book Club pick, and has been hailed as "must-read" by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzefeed, Elle, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others. Her work has appeared in the Paris…

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Helen Frost, All He Knew

September 12 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Helen Frost has always loved poetry, and she especially loves sharing poetry with children through writing and teaching. She taught elementary school in Massachusetts, Vermont, Scotland, and Alaska, and now lives and writes in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the author of eleven novels-in-poems and six picture books. She loves to travel, and has been to 48  states and 13 countries.

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Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at Wedgefield Manor

September 12 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Agatha Award-winning author Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, nearly two as a Maryland police officer, and one as a high school English teacher, before finding her way as a writer. She has been a reviewer of mysteries and crime fiction for publications such as Publishers Weekly and Mystery Scene Magazine for several years, and she's a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Erica Ruth lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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Susanna Calkins, The Sign of the Gallows

September 12 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Susanna Calkins holds a PhD in history and writes the award-winning Lucy Campion mysteries and Speakeasy mysteries set in 1920s Chicago. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two sons.

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Renee Rosen, The Social Graces

September 12 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Renee Rosen is the USA Today bestselling author of The Social Graces along with five other historical novels including Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues and What the Lady Wants. She lives in Chicago and is currently working on a new novel about Estee Lauder –coming from Berkley in the spring of 2023. 

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Gretchen Berg, The Operator

September 12 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Gretchen Berg was born on the East Coast, raised in the Midwest, and spent a number of years in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq and has traveled to all the other continents. A graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Chicago, Illinois. The Operator is her first novel.

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Rachel Swearingen, How to Walk on Water and Other Stories

September 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Rachel Swearingen is the author of How to Walk on Water and Other Stories, winner of the 2018 New American Press Fiction Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in VICE, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Off Assignment, Agni, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.

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Alison Hammer, Little Pieces of Me

September 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Alison Hammer is the author of You and Me and Us and Little Pieces of Me, both published by William Morrow (HarperCollins). She is also half of the writing duo, Ali Brady. Their first novel, The Beach Trap, is coming June 7, 2022 from Berkley (Penguin Random House).

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Nancy Johnson, The Kindest Lie

September 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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A native of Chicago’s South Side, Nancy Johnson’s The Kindest Lie, has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Shondaland, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Chicago Tribune, and more. Nancy lives in Chicago and manages brand communications for a large nonprofit.

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Claire Luchette, Agatha of Little Neon

September 12 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Claire Luchette is the author of Agatha of Little Neon, a novel.

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Christina Clancy, Shoulder Season in conversation with Christine Sneed and Candace Jordan

September 12 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center Stage, 632 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Christina Clancy is the author of Shoulder Season, which is set largely at the former Lake Geneva Playboy Resort, circa 1981. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine and in various literary journals, including Glimmer Train, Pleiades and Hobart. Christine Sneed is the author, most recently of The Virginity of Famous Men and Paris, He Said. Her new story collection; will be published in November 2022. Award-winning media personality, author CandidCandace.com, Chicago Star…

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Libby Fisher Hellman, A Bend in the River

September 12 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Program Stage, 41 W Ida B. Wells Dr.
Chicago, 60605 United States
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Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago a long time ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. She soon began writing historical fiction as well. Sixteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a…

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