ZOJE STAGE - 6:10 PM, MON. OCT 19 Please join us Mon. Oct 19 at 6:10 PM for the next installment of RU's Inside the Writers House, when Writers House

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Please join us Mon. Oct 19 at 6:10 PM for the next installment of RU's Inside the Writers House, when Writers House instructor Alex Dawson talks with bestselling author ZOJE STAGE about her much anticipated new novel, WONDERLAND, which has been called "beautifully choreographed and astonishing... eloquent and unflinching" (Booklist, starred), "sublimely suspenseful... a standout" (BookPage), "darkly lyrical" (Publishers Weekly), and "frightening... surreal... trippy... mind-bending" (New York Times)

"Oh, fright fans rejoice. That sure hand you're looking for? That relentless climb, that crescendo of cold sweat? It's all here. Deep in the woods, under a lot of snow, steeped in mad, unfamiliar nature. Zoje Stage is in total control of your nightmare. For those who live to be scared, Wonderland is the book you'll be glad you cracked open at home, alone, at night."―Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malori

Zoje Stage is the internationally bestselling author of Baby Teeth. A former filmmaker, she lives in Pittsburgh.

ZOOM LINK: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/98441141769?pwd=MjlrbW9WOTFOTjhzMGt5NFJ5akZlQT09


IWH w. Zoje Stage

Note: Click on author for Zoom link. Pass Code for all sessions: IWH

SEPT 21 MON. 9:50 AM (EST) DARIN STRAUSS (The Queen of Tuesday)

SEPT 24 THURS. 1:10 PM (EST) TONI JENSEN (Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land)

SEPT 29 TUES. 9:50 AM (EST) MARYSE MEIJER (The Seventh Mansion)


OCT 5 MON. 11:30 AM (EST) ASHLEY BLOOMS (Every Bone a Prayer)

OCT 7 WEDS. 4:30 PM (EST) JESS WALTER(The Cold Millions)

OCT 8 THURS. 9:50 AM (EST) ECHO BROWN (Black Girl Unlimited)

OCT 12 MON. 1:10 PM (EST) PEACE ADZO MEDIE (His Only Wife)

OCT 13 TUES. 11:30 AM (EST) ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON (Trouble the Saints)

OCT 19 MON. 6:10 PM (EST) ZOJE STAGE (Wonderland)

OCT 21 WEDS. 9:50 AM (EST) IVAN VLADISLAVIC (The Distance)

OCT 23 FRI. 9:50 AM (EST) MEGAN GIDDINGS(Lakewood)

OCT 23 FRI. 1:10 PM (EST) LAURA VAN DEN BERG (I Hold a Wolf by the Ears)

OCT 30 FRI. 9:50 AM (EST) SALAR ABDOH(Out of Mesopotamia)

OCT 30 FRI. 11:30 AM (EST) ROBIN WASSERMAN(Mother Daughter Widow Wife)

NOV 6 FRI. 11:30 AM (EST)INGRID PERSAUD(Love After Love)

NOV 10 TUES. 1:10 PM (EST) KYLIE REID (Such a Fun Age)


NOV 12 THURS. 4:30 PM (EST) LEAH HAMPTON (F*ckface)



All IWH sessions will occur via Rutgers Zoom.


Be a part of the conversation! Get candid access to working writers from all over the country as Writers House instructor (and former bookstore owner) Alex Dawson talks craft (via video chat) with some of the year's hottest pen pushers.

"Inside the Writers House" invites you into the homes, offices, and writing rooms of acclaimed authors, providing an inside eye on their working life and a level of intimacy often lacking in more formal settings. An obvious reference to the televised Actor's Studio seminar, "Writers House" interviews are likewise craft focused, but strive for an earthy spontaneity unencumbered by prepared queries and index card cues. Visits are conversational and plastic, largely molded by (and dependent on) audience questions. In addition to the conversation, most visits include short readings, writing prompts, show-and-tell sessions, and house/apt tours. Chances are you'll meet their pets.

In the last five years, students have visited with almost 200 authors in dozens of different cities. Internationally, they've talked with Eoin Colfer in Dublin, Mariana Enriquez in Buenos Aires, Yewande Omotoso in Johannesburg, Garth Greenwell in Sofia, Karin Tidbeck in Stockholm, Kevin Barry in Sligo, and Daisy Johnson in Oxford. Stateside, they've talked with Maurice Ruffin in New Orleans, Karen Russell in Portland, Chigozie Obioma in Lincoln, Tommy Orange in Oakland, Susan Orlean in Los Angeles, Tom Perrotta in Belmont, Jeff VanderMeer in Tallahassee, and Eowyn Ivey in Palmer, Alaska (as well as more local luminaries like Jennifer Egan, Victor LaValle, Lev Grossman, and André Aciman).

Books by IWH guests are available at the RU B&N (just look for the stepladder display bearing the IWH logo).

Click HERE to read my open letter to Writers House instructors. Click HERE to read series feedback from the students.



Previous guests: Victor LaValle (The Changeling), Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You), Hari Kunzru (White Tears), Tom Perotta (Mrs. Fletcher, The Leftovers), Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night), Karan Mahajan (The Association of Small Bombs), Chandler Klang Smith (The Sky is Yours), Leni Zumas (Red Clocks), Terese Mailhot (Heart Berries), Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), Pitchaya Sudbanthad (Bangkok Wakes to Rain), Ben Winters (Golden State), Chigozie Obioma (An Orchestra of Minorities), Mark Mayer (Aerialists), Sarah Moss (Ghost Wall), Kristen Roupenian (You Know You Want This), T.J. Martinson (The Reign of the Kingfisher), Namwali Serpell (The Old Drift), Jennifer Acker (The Limits of the World), Lauren Wilkinson (American Spy), Karen Thompson Walker (The Dreamers) & Glen David Gold (I Will Be Complete), Mesha Maren (Sugar Run), Maurice Ruffin (We Cast a Shadow), Kate Hope Day (If, Then), Anjali Sachdeva (All the Names They Use for God), Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater), Christopher Yates (Grist Mill Road), Colin Winnette (The Job of the Wasp), Hala Alyan (Salt Houses), Luis Alberto Urrea (The House of Broken Angels), Joseph Cassara (The House of Impossible Beauties), Chloe Benjamin (The Immortalists), Robert Olen Butler (Perfume River), Joe McGinniss, Jr. (Carousel Court), Lara Vapnyar (Still Here), Nathan Hill (The Nix), Arthur Phillips (The Tragedy of Arthur, Prague), Tom Holland (Fright Night, Childsplay), Justin Cronin (The Passage), Bill Broun (Night of the Animals), Maryse Meijer (Heartbreaker), Sara Majka (Cities I’ve Never Lived In), Jonathan Evison (The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving), Michael Swanwick (The Iron Dragon’s Daughter), Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire), N.K Jemison (The Fifth Season), Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Ann Packer (The Dive From Clausen’s Pier), Stewart O'Nan (Snow Angels, West of Here), Hannah Tennant-Moore (Wreck and Order), Andrew Smith (Grasshopper Jungle), Charles Bock (Beautiful Children, Alice & Oliver), Julia Elliot (The New and Improved Romie Futch), Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (The Nest), David Gates (Jernigan), James Hannaham (Delicious Foods), Austin Grossman (Crooked, Dishonored), Erika Swyler (The Book of Speculation), Elissa Schappell (Tin House, Blueprints for Building Better Girls), Daniel Torday (The Last Flight of Poxl West), Laura van den Berg (Find Me), Annie Liontas (Let Me Explain You), Sung Woo (Everything Asian, Love, Love), Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief), Benjamin Percy (The Dark Net, Wolverine: The Long Night), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), Clay McLeod Chapman (Rest Area, Lazaretto), Megan Mayhew Bergman (Almost Famous Women), Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy), Mark Jacobson (American Gangster, The Lampshade), Bret Anthony Johnston (Remember Me Like This), Thomas Pierce (Hall of Small Mammals), Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall, Panic), Edwin Frank (New York Review Books), Jeff VanderMeer (Borne, The Southern Reach Trilogy), Jason Rekulak (The Impossible Fortress), Achy Obejas (Ruins), William Giraldi (Hold the Dark), Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark), Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion), Jess Row (Your Face in Mine), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Alethea Black (I Knew You’d Be Lovely), Emma Straub (The Vacationers), Max Winter (Exes), Kathleen Rooney (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk), Jess Arndt (Large Animals), Deb Olen Unferth (Wait Till You See Me Dance), Paul Lynch (Grace), Daisy Johnson (Fen), Rebecca Schiff (The Bed Moved), Gene Ha (Mae), Stephen Graham Jones (Mongrels, Mapping the Interior), Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties), Annie Hartnett (Rabbit Cake), Gin Phillips (Fierce Kingdom), Eugene Lim (Dear Cyborgs), Julie Buntin (Marlena), Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door), Anne Raeff (The Jungle Around Us), Tim Murphy (Christadora), Nicole Denniss-Benn (Here Comes the Sun), Marianna Enriquez (Things We Lost in the Fire), Rahul Mehta (No Other World), Paul LaFarge (The Night Ocean), Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy, Esme Weijun Wang (The Border of Paradise), Kristin Radtke (Imagine Wanting Only This), Leslie Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky), and Hannah Tinti (The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley).

Click HERE to read the New Brunswick Today article about "Inside the Writers House."

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Alex Dawson teaches creative writing courses that lean toward Fantasy & Weird Fiction. He also helms a fantasy fiction winter workshop/retreat in Ireland and Scotland with authors Dave Rudden (12 Angels Weeping) and Lev Grossman (The Magicians). Until 2012, Dawson was the owner of The Raconteur, a now-defunct bookshop and performance venue hailed by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Star Ledger. Dawson's forthcoming memoir, Room to Swing an Axe, about growing up in 80's Alabama, has been called "a Johnny Cash song directed by Steven Spielberg," and his novel, Welcome to White Hart, has been called "Charlotte's Web meets Winter's Bone." Both books are due out this year. Dawson has been a bouncer and a bartender in some of the roughest joints in NJ and has ridden a motorcycle for almost forty years.

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