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Rebecca Makkai and Meg Wolitzer: Novelists on the Craft of Writing

April 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned. Please register below.

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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” features award-winning novelists Rebecca Makkai and Meg Wolitzer.

In this event, Chicago author Rebecca Makkai (I Have Some Questions for YouThe Great Believers) will interview New York-based and New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer (The Female PersuasionThe Interestings) about a life in books, her growth as an author, her film adaptations—including 2017’s The Wife—and her new role as host of Public Radio’s popular Selected Shorts podcast.

This program also marks the launch of a new series curated by Rebecca Makkai and StoryStudio, which will pair major visiting authors in conversation with local discussion partners. Unlike bookstore or festival events promoting an author’s latest book, these evenings will highlight the author’s whole career, with a focus on the craft of writing. Perfect for readers and writers alike, each event will celebrate one author’s work—a glimpse behind the creative curtain, a chance to ask questions, and an opportunity to mingle with other literary folk. You’ll also be able to purchase books and have them signed.


The event, generously sponsored by Sue and Melvin Gray and presented in collaboration with StoryStudio Chicago, is free to the public.

Makkai’s latest book, I Have Some Questions for You, along with her 2018 novel The Great Believers, are available for purchase at the Newberry Bookshop.

Wolitzer’s novels, The Female Persuasion (2018) and The Interestings (2013) are available for purchase at the Newberry bookshop.


April 13, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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