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A Conversation on Fiction Publishing, hosted by yale.NYC

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A literary panel of Yale alumni at different stages in their careers to talk about their books and the trials and tribulations of the book publishing world from an author's point of view:

  • Lauren Willig ('99) - NYTimes Bestselling historical fiction author of The English Wife and 20+ other titles
  • Helen Phillips ('04) - English professor and author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat and Some Possible Solutions
  • Amanda Stauffer ('04) - Debut author of Match Made in Manhattan
  • Dana Schuster ('07) - Editor from The New York Post will moderate.

Time: 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM), to be followed by drinks at Lexington Bar and Books across the street

All tickets include a $15 gift card to Shakespeare & Co. (Hint: You should use your gift card to buy one or more books and have them signed a the event)


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LAUREN WILLIG
Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pink Carnation series and several stand alone works of historical fiction, including "The Ashford Affair", "The English Wife", and "The Forgotten Room" (co-written with Karen White and Beatriz Williams). Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

The English Wife
From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. When Bayard Van Duyvil is found murdered on the grounds of his Hudson Valley estate, his English wife, Annabelle, missing, presumed dead, the papers scream "murder-suicide". Bay's sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel.

Books for sale
The English Wife (most recent, available in hardcover), or if you prefer trade paperback, The Ashford Affair.


HELEN PHILLIPS
Helen Phillips is the author of four books, including, most recently, the short story collection Some Possible Solutions, winner of the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College.

Some Possible Solutions
Some Possible Solutions offers an idiosyncratic series of “What ifs”: What if your perfect hermaphrodite match existed on another planet? What if you could suddenly see through everybody’s skin to their organs? What if you knew the exact date of your death? What if your city was filled with doppelgängers of you? Forced to navigate these bizarre scenarios, Phillips’ characters search for solutions to the problem of how to survive in an irrational, infinitely strange world. In dystopias that are exaggerated versions of the world in which we live, these characters strive for intimacy and struggle to resolve their fraught relationships with each other, with themselves, and with their place in the natural world.

The Beautiful Bureaucrat
In a windowless building in a remote part of town, a newly employed young woman, Josephine, inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. As the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings--the office's scarred pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of the keyboards echoes down the long halls. When one evening her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.


Books for Sale
Some Possible Solutions, The Beautiful Bureaucrat


AMANDA STAUFFER
Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities and the author of Match Made in Manhattan, which was featured on “Good Morning America” and selected as a “must-read” by the New York Post, PopSugar, and other publications. When she is not writing novels, Amanda works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country.

Match Made in Manhattan
After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles' scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she's dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover federal agent, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities. Eschewing notions of "The One" in favor of the idea that there are many relationships that could work for each of us, Match Made in Manhattan offers probing reflections on what makes us connect -- and disconnect -- in this fast-paced tech-driven world.

Books for Sale
Match Made in Manhattan


DANA SCHUSTER
Dana Schuster is a senior reporter for the New York Post. She has written for publications including Elle, Town & Country and the New York Times. She graduated from Yale and lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and daughter.
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