Featured event highlights from the AWP 2013 Annual Conference & Bookfair.
Amy Bloom is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories including Love Invents Us, and the New York Times bestselling novel Away. Her short fiction includes Where the God Of Love Hangs Out, also a New York Times bestseller; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first nonfiction book was Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, now a staple of university sociology and biology courses. Her work has been translated into 15 languages.
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Augusten Burroughs was born in 1965 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised in Western Massachusetts and has no formal education beyond grade school. At the age of thirty-four, after a successful career in advertising, Augusten began what would become his first book, the novel, Sellevision. Seven best-selling books have followed, including the memoirs Running with Scissors and Dry, and the essay collections Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects. He has contributed numerous commentaries for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the London Times, and the Guardian UK. Augusten lives in New York City.
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Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including PLACE; Sea Change; Overlord; The Errancy; The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and The End of Beauty. Her many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award. She has taught at the University of Iowa and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.
Terrance Hayes is the author of four books of poetry; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. A Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and children.
Alice Hoffman is the author of twenty-eight works of fiction, including Practical Magic, Turtle Moon, The Red Garden, and Oprah's Book Club selection, Here on Earth. Toni Morrison called her most recent novel, The Dovekeepers, "beautiful, harrowing and a major contribution to twenty-first century literature."
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Tom Perrotta is the author of six works of fiction, including The Wishbones, Joe College and, most recently, The Leftovers. His novels Election and Little Children were made into acclaimed and award-winning movies. Perrotta co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film version of Little Children with Todd Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Richard Russo knows small town America. This masterful novelist has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. From the gossip and the resentments, to the people and the cafes, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing. Russo's previous works include seven novels and one collection of short stories. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His newest book, That Old Cape Magic, came out in 2009. Russo earned a bachelor's degree, a master's in fine arts, and a PhD from the University of Arizona. He has two daughters and lives with his wife in Camden, Maine.
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Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company. Strayed has written the "Dear Sugar" column on The Rumpus since March 2010. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post Magazine. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.
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