RENA ROSSNER - 9:50 AM, TUES. DEC 4 - MU 302 Please join us at 9:50 AM, Tues. Dec 4 in MU 302 for this term's final installment of Inside the Writers

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RENA ROSSNER - 9:50 AM, TUES. DEC 4 - MU 302

Please join us at 9:50 AM, Tues. Dec 4 in MU 302 for this term's final installment of Inside the Writers House, when Writers House instructor Alex Dawson talks with author and literary agent Rena Rossner, who lives in Israel. All eight of Rena's great-grandparents immigrated to America to escape the pogroms from towns like Dubossary and Kupel. It is their story, together with her love of Jewish mythology, that inspired her to write her debut The Sisters of the Winter Wood, which has been called "intricately crafted, gorgeously rendered... full of heart, history, and enchantment" (Publisher's Weekly, starred review), a "richly detailed story of Jewish identity and sisterhood... emotionally charged... ambitious and surprising" (Kirkus), "graceful, poetic, deeply moving... a simply gorgeous book in every sense" (Louisa Morgan, A Secret History of Witches), "an enthralling debut" (Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winner, Osama), "a promising debut" (, and "mystical and ominous... wonderful and strange" (Bookpage).

IWH w. Rena Rossner

6:10 PM, Mon. Sept 24 (Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child & The Bright Side of the World)

4:30 PM, Tues. Oct 2 (Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach)

9:50 AM, Tues. Oct 9 (Claudia Dey, Heartbreaker & Rita Bullwinkel, Belly Up)

1:10 PM, Weds. Oct 10 (Marcia B. Douglas, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread)

11:30 AM, Fri. Oct 19 (Karin Tidbeck, Jagannath)

2:50 PM, Fri. Oct 26 (Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World)

2:50 PM, Tues. Oct 30 (Brooke Bolander, The Only Harmless Great Thing & Josh Malerman, Unbury Carol)

2:50 PM, Weds. Nov 7 (Alissa Nutting, Unclean Jobs & Ben Marcus, Notes from the Fog)

1:10 PM, Fri. Nov 16 (Karen Russell, Swamplandia, Vampires in the Lemon Grove)

9:50 AM, Mon. Nov 19 (Idra Novey, Those Who Knew & Tommy Orange, There There)

11:30 AM, Weds. Nov 28 (Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Friday Black & Edward Carey, Little)

9:50 AM, Tues. Dec 4 (Rena Rossner, The Sisters of the Winter Wood)

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: 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), 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 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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