HANNAH TINTI - 6:10 PM, Thurs. April 27 - MU 302 Join us Thurs, April 27 at 6:10 PM in MU 302 for another session of Inside the Writers House, when W

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HANNAH TINTI - 6:10 PM, Thurs. April 27 - MU 302

Join us Thurs, April 27 at 6:10 PM in MU 302 for another session of Inside the Writers House, when Writers House instructor Alex Dawson talks with author Hannah Tinti, "one of our great storytellers" (Rolling Stone), whose "irrestistible" (Wall Street Journal), "gripping" (Interview), "complex...strikingly symphonic" (New York Times), "urgent, vibrant" (Newsday), "heartwarming" (People), "astonishing...surprising and celebratory" (BBC), "beautifully constructed" (Boston Globe), "miraculous...brilliant...touching" (Newsweek), and "breathtaking" (Booklist, starred) new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a "thrilling mix of love and blood" and "a master class in literary suspense" (Washington Post).

Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story.

"Imagine a Quentin Tarantino movie crossed with a John Green novel, and you’ll have a sense of what this coming-of-age novel is like.”—Entertainment Weekly

“The term ‘literary thriller’ is almost an oxymoron. It’s the writerly equivalent of threading a needle while riding on a rollercoaster, requiring attention to character and fine prose while hurtling from one near-disaster to another. Only a few writers can pull it off, and Hannah Tinti is one of them. . . . The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is a gripping father-daughter road trip where the bad guys are never far behind. . . . Tarantino-like in its plot twists, action, and violence, the novel sweeps across the country and back and forth in time. Its structure feels as meticulously crafted as a matchstick Taj Mahal.”—Interview

To read Pete Hamill's recent review of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley in The New York Times, click HERE.

IWH - Hannah Tinti - The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

1:10 PM, Weds. Feb 8 - Jason Rekulak (The Impossible Fortress)

11:30 AM, Tues. Feb 14 - Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) & Anne Raeff (The Jungle Around Us)

4:30 PM, Mon. Feb 20 - Tim Murphy (Christadora) & Kevin Wilson (Perfect Little World)

9:50 AM, Mon. Feb 27 - Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun)

1:10 PM, Fri. March 10 - Mariana Enriquez (Things We Lost in the Fire)

9:50 AM, Fri. March 24 - Rahul Mehta (No Other World) & Hari Kunzru (White Tears)

9:50 AM, Weds. March 29 - Paul La Farge (Night Ocean)

2:50 PM, Fri. April 7 - Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy)

1:10 PM, Mon. April 10 - Esmé Weijun Wang (The Border of Paradise)

1:10 PM, Tues. April 18 - Kristen Radtke (Imagine Wanting Only This) & Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky)

6:10 PM, Thurs. April 27 - Hannah Tinti (The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley)

2:50 PM, Mon. May 1 - Claire Cameron (The Last Neanderthal)

All IWH sessions meet in the Plangere Culture Lab, Murray Hall 302. Click HERE to read my open letter to Writers House instructors. Click HERE to read series feedback from the students.


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 sessions include short readings, writing prompts, and personal "tours" (chances are you'll meet their pets).

Books by IWH guests are available at the RU B&N (just look for the stepladder display bearing the IWH logo). In some instances, signed ex-librīs labels are available to those who purchase books.


Previous guests: Joe McGinniss, Jr., Lara Vapnyar, Nathan Hill, Arthur Phillips, Tom Holland, Garth Greenwell, Karan Mahajan, Justin Cronin, Bill Broun, Maryse Meijer, Sara Majka, Jonathan Evison, Michael Swanwick, Scott Snyder, N.K Jemison, Daniel Wallace, Ann Packer, Stewart O'Nan, Alexander Chee, Hannah Tennant-Moore (Wreck and Order), Andrew Smith, Charles Bock, Julia Elliot, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (The Nest), David Gates, James Hannaham, Austin Grossman, Erika Swyler, Elissa Schappell, Daniel Torday, Laura van den Berg, Annie Liontas Sung Woo, Susan Orlean, Benjamin Percy, Daniel José Older, Clay McLeod Chapman, William Chandler, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Lev Grossman, Mark Jacobson, Bret Anthony Johnston, Thomas Pierce, Lauren Oliver, Edwin Frank, Jeff VanderMeer, Achy Obejas, William Giraldi, Porochista Khakpour, Jess Row, Rolf Potts, Alethea Black, and Emma Straub.

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

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ALEX DAWSON is the author of The Rapscallion Club, a forthcoming archeological adventure series for all ages, which has received advance praise from Lev Grossman (The Magicians) and World Fantasy Award winner John Crowley (Little, Big), among others. 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. He is the founder of Raconteur Ventures, a company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through cultural programming, and the host of Raconteurs & Roustabouts, a vaudevillian variety show that puts authors on stage alongside musicians and sideshow performers. Dawson teaches Intro to Creative Writing and Creative Writing in Middle Grade & YA Fiction at Rutgers University and Multi-Genre Creative Writing at the Middlesex County Arts High School. He is currently at work on the dark YA novel, The Wonderful World of Walker Hands.

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