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Saturday, September 7 • 3:00pm - 4:10pm
What We Read When We’re Stuck: Authors Share the Books that Help Them Out of Every Writing Impasse

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Reading can be a powerful tool for a writer who is stuck on the page. Some writers revisit favorite books to rouse their creativity, while others, like Zadie Smith, turn to alternate genres. Smith told UK bookseller Foyles, “It helps a prose writer to read poetry and be thus reminded that it’s possible to write a sentence in which every word is essential.” A group of authors shares their favorite reads that help them through a writing stalemate.

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Loan Le

Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster
Loan Le is an assistant editor at Atria Books. Her areas of interest include quietly sharp literary fiction, historical fiction, and psychological thrillers, particularly stories that have misfit characters, dark atmospheres, and a blend of reality and the unreal. She is also the... Read More →

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Caleb Crain

Caleb Crain's new novel, Overthrow, is out now from Viking. He is also the author of the novel Necessary Errors (Penguin, 2013) and the critical study American Sympathy (Yale, 2001), and he has contributed to the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Paris Review, the Atlantic, the New York... Read More →
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Robert Haller 

Robert Haller is a writer based in upstate New York. His debut novel, ANOTHER LIFE, was published in 2019. A small-town ensemble narrative centered around an evangelical church, the novel deals with themes of identity, religion, race and desire. Haller's short stories have appeared... Read More →
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Hannah Lillith Assadi

Hannah Lillith Assadi was raised in Arizona and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. Her first novel Sonora (Soho 2017) received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and... Read More →
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Monique Truong

Monique Truong is the author of three novels: The Book of Salt; Bitter in the Mouth; and the newly released The Sweetest Fruits. Her work has been published in fifteen countries, and her awards and honors include the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, the New York Public Library Young... Read More →

Saturday September 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:10pm EDT
Maroney Theater