TIM MURPHY - 4:30 PM, Mon. Feb 20 Please join us 4:30 PM, Mon. Feb 20 in MU 302 for another session of Inside the Writers House, when Writers House i

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TIM MURPHY - 4:30 PM, Mon. Feb 20

Please join us 4:30 PM, Mon. Feb 20 in MU 302 for another session of Inside the Writers House, when Writers House instructor Alex Dawson talks with Tim Murphy, the author of the "hugely ambitious" (Washington Post), "thrillingly accomplished" (New York Times), "graceful" (Slate), "rich...exciting" (Newsday), Christadora, a "brilliantly sprawling period novel about New York in the age of AIDS" (Village Voice).

Christadora is an Indie Next Selection, an Amazon Editors’ Top 100 Best Books of 2016, a Publishers Weekly Big Indie Book of Fall 2016, and is longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Murphy has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York Magazine, where his cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, travel, and fashion for publications including The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler.

“This year’s most ambitious and devastating contribution to the New York City realist novel . . . Christodora is a massive achievement.”―Interview


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 Kunzu (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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