Migrants through Time: Novelists Writing across the 20th/21st-Century Divide

122AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


In Exit West, Mohsin Hamid posits that "we are all migrants through time." In this panel, novelists whose work traverses the border between the 20th and 21st-centuries consider what it means to live and write on both sides of this temporal divide. By examining the legacy of the AIDS crisis, the transformation of a metropolis, the impact of climate change, and the shifting landscapes of art and music, we'll explore how the 20th century continues to haunt, shape, and reverberate in our own.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_for_AWP_Panel.pdf



Tim Horvath is the author of Understories, which won the New Hampshire Literary Award, and Circulation, a novella. His stories appear in Conjunctions, AGNI, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches for Catapult, Grub Street, StoryStudio, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Rebecca Makkai's fourth book, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award; it won the LA Times Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and the Stonewall Award. She is artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Pitchaya Sudbanthad is the author of the novel Bangkok Wakes to Rain, which was selected as a New York Times and Washington Post notable book of the year and a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.

Julia Fine is the author of the novels The Upstairs House, and What Should Be Wild. She has taught writing with Catapult and StoryStudio Chicago and at Columbia College and DePaul University.

Marc Fitten is an author and editor. He has written two novels, Valeria's Last Stand and Elza's Kitchen, and has completed a third—American Entropy. He also contributes essays to various anthologies and periodicals.


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