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UPDATE: The first 40 people who purchase Some Hell or Behind the Book will receive a complimentary beer!
If it’s true that everyone has a book idea in them, this wide-ranging conversation will help us understand how an author can take that idea and make it a reality. Chris Mackenzie Jones’ new book Behind the Book (University of Chicago Press, 2018) traces the in-depth stories of how eleven debut authors brought their debut works into the world.
On April 9, debut novelist Patrick Nathan will join Chris to explore the story behind his new novel, Some Hell (Graywolf Press, 2018). The conversation will reflect and build on the in-depth interviews that Chris conducted to write Behind the Book. We will examine the life history behind Patrick’s new book from beginning to end—including generating the idea, developing a process, building a support network, revising the manuscript, moving past setback, finding the right partners, building awareness, and ultimately, moving on to the next project. Come raise a glass, learn through example, and celebrate as two local authors go behind the book. A book signing will follow. LEARN MORE.
Presented by Graywolf Press, University of Chicago Press, and Milkweed Books.
PATRICK NATHAN is the author of the novel Some Hell, published by Graywolf Press in 2018. His short fiction has appeared in Boulevard Magazine, Words in Light, dislocate, Revolver, and elsewhere. His essays, interviews, and book reviews have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Rumpus, 3:AM Magazine, Music & Literature, Full Stop, and Bookslut. He lives in Minneapolis.
CHRIS MACKENZIE JONES is the author of Behind the Book. He has spent the past eight years working at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, one of the largest and most respected literary arts centers in the country. In his time at the Loft, he has met numerous aspiring and successful writers, and he believes that all writers can learn valuable lessons through example, which is why he wrote the book. Chris is also a published poet and received his MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He lives in Saint Paul.