R201. Books for a Well-Read Life: Celebrating Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Since its 1983 founding in a Chapel Hill backyard, Algonquin Books has enjoyed many notable years of publishing; however, 2017 and 2018 have proven to be extraordinary. The past two years produced the press's first National Book Award finalist, first Man Booker Prize finalist, and first Oprah Book Pick in almost two decades, among other successes. Join us at a reading to celebrate the North Carolina indie, featuring five Algonquin authors with work released during the press's latest banner years.



Lauren Grodstein is the author of five books, including Our Short History, A Friend of the Family, The Explanation of Everything, Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, and The Best of Animals. She directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University, Camden.

Heather Abel is the author of the novel The Optimistic Decade. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Paris Review online, Buzzfeed, and LitHub, among other places. She has taught writing at The New School, Smith College, and UMass Amherst.

Brock Clarke's eighth book of fiction, the novel I Am Calvin Bledsoe, will be published in August 2019. His award winning short shorties and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. He teaches at Bowdoin College.

Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of five novels: All About Lulu, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, West of Here, and most recently, Lawn Boy.

Joanna Luloff is the author of the short story collection The Beach at Galle Road and the novel Remind Me Again What Happened. She is an Assistant Professor at The University of Colorado Denver where she edits fiction and nonfiction for Copper Nickel.


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