ZINZI CLEMMONS - 11:30 AM, Weds. Nov 22 Zinzi Clemmons' "beautiful debut" (Entertainment Weekly), What We Lose, has been called "potent... boldly inn

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ZINZI CLEMMONS - 11:30 AM, Weds. Nov 22

Zinzi Clemmons' "beautiful debut" (Entertainment Weekly), What We Lose, has been called "potent... boldly innovative and frankly sexual... a novel as visceral as it is cerebral" (Vogue), "stark... searing... distinctive" (New York Times), "brutally honest... raw and ravishing" (Oprah Magazine), "a richly volatile study of grief, wonderment and love" (Wall Street Journal), "startling, poignant... striking" (Atlantic), "a debut of haunting fragments... delicately drawn and profoundly moving" (Guardian), "exquisite... remarkable" (Essence), "inspired... moving... intimate" (Vanity Fair), "beautiful... a gorgeous, taut narrative about grief, identity, race, and sexuality enhanced by rap lyrics, archival photos, drawings, graphs, and charts" (Philadelphia Enquirer), "funny, fragile, and unflinchingly candid" (BOMB), "stunning" (GQ), "powerful" (Cosmopolitan), "intelligent and deeply visceral" (Harper's Bazaar), "lyrical and hip" (Newsday), "a big, brainy drama told by a fearless, funny young woman" (Kirkus, starred), and "spectacular" (Booklist, starred).

"One can’t help but think of Clemmons as in the running to be the next-generation Claudia Rankine.” —Vogue

What We Lose is a "National Book Foundation 5 Under 35" Honoree. It's been long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and named a "Best Book of the Year (So Far)" by Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Esquire.

Zinzi Clemmons - IWH

11:30 AM (EST), Fri. Sept 22 - Dave Rudden (Knights of the Borrowed Dark) LIVE! Kickoff

9:50 AM (EST), Tues. Sept 26 - Max Winter (Exes)

9:50 AM (EST), Thurs. Oct 5 - Kathleen Rooney (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk) & Jess Arndt (Large Animals)

1:10 PM (EST), Tues. Oct 10 - Deb Olen Unferth (Wait Till You See Me Dance) & Paul Lynch (Grace)

4:30 PM (EST), Thurs. Oct 19 - Daisy Johnson (Fen) & Rebecca Schiff (The Bed Moved)

6:10 PM (EST), Tues. Oct 24 - Gene Ha (Mae)

9:50 AM (EST), Mon. Oct 30 - Stephen Graham Jones (Mongrels, Mapping the Interior)

1:10 PM (EST), Fri. Nov 10 - Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) & Annie Hartnett (Rabbit Cake)

9:50 AM (EST), Thurs. Nov 16 - Gin Phillips (Fierce Kingdom) & Victor LaValle (The Changeling)

11:30 AM (EST), Weds. Nov 22 - Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose)

2:50 PM (EST), Fri. Dec 1 - Tom Perotta (Mrs. Fletcher)

11:30 AM (EST), Mon. Dec 4 - Eugene Lim (Dear. Cyborg) & Julie Buntin (Marlena)

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.

MINI 2017

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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