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Saturday, October 13 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
The Art of the Novel (Tickets Now Available Only at Door)

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Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." —Jane Austen

Five bestselling authors in conversation about the art of longform fiction. Featuring Kirstin Chen, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Vanessa Hua, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, and Anne Raeff. Moderated by Tom Barbash. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $12 adv / $15 door

Moderators
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Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash grew up in New York and is the author of four books as well as numerous reviews, stories essays, and articles for publications including McSweeney’s, Tin House, The Believer, Zyzzyva, and more. His short story collection Stay Up With Me was nominated for the Folio... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen's new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper's Bazaar, and InStyle, among others. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners.
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Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She has received... Read More →
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Vanessa Hua

Author, A RIVER OF STARS and DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received... Read More →
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Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is the author of The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/S&S, May 2018). Joukhadar’s work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net.
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Anne Raeff

Anne Raeff's second novel, Winter Kept Us Warm was published in February, 2018. Her short story collection, The Jungle Around Us won the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The collection was also a finalist for the California Book Award and was on The San Francisco... Read More →


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