Craig Cliff

Tormented by the loss of his wife, department store window-dresser Colton Kemp decides to raise his newborn twins in secrecy and isolation, to become human mannequins. “A book that makes grand promises and delivers” (New York Times), The Mannequin Makers is a wildly entertaining unforgettable debut novel about art, imitation, and obsession.

Craig Cliff is the author of The Mannequin Makers, a novel, and A Man Melting, a collection of short stories, which won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mary Austin Speaker is the art director of Milkweed Editions. Before joining Milkweed’s staff in 2017, Mary worked in New York trade publishing for ten years, managing the Ecco and Smithsonian imprints for HarperCollins Publishers and designing for Simon & Schuster. She co-founded and curated the Triptych Poetry Series in the East Village, and while studying for her MFA in poetry at Indiana University, she taught creative writing and edited the Indiana Review. She has published two collections of poetry—Ceremony (Slope Editions, 2013) and The Bridge (Shearsman Books, 2016)—and edits a chapbook review column for Rain Taxi as well as...

– 01/25/2017

The series annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Featuring Lara Mimosa Montes, Chris Santiago, and Sun Yung Shin, these gifted poets explore language, meaning, and identity in new and compelling ways with their new work. 

– 01/12/2017

It's the season's fifth round of Gavagai Music + Reading Series! Come hear readings by writer/ performer Beth Lisick and poet Justin Boening with an original live score by David Cieri (piano, etc), Mike Brown (bass), and Shahzad Ismaily (drums and percussion)


– 01/28/2017

Milkweed Books is teaming up with Reading Group Choices, an organization that recommends books for reading group discussion, for a celebration of reading groups. All are welcome to this evening of fun giveaways, drinks and snacks, and rounds of author speed-dating with Hala Alyan, Emily Fridlund, Marina Benjamin, Ashley Shelby, Heather Harpham, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Jamie Harrison, and Milkweed author Beth Dooley...

– 01/12/2017

To begin the new year with hope, action, and poetry, Milkweed Books is hosting a reading in support of the Center for Victims of Torture. Headquartered in St. Paul, the Center for Victims of Torture is an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture and violent conflict. The CVT works toward a future where torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. Milkweed Books is honoring the CVT’s work with an evening of readings on the theme of hope from poets Patricia Kirkpatrick, James P. Lenfestey...


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