The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is proud to be a Literary Partner of the 2017 AWP Conference in Washington, D.C. We will be showcasing some of today’s brightest literary voices at our booth and hosting a very special event: Our speakers Jennifer Egan, Karen Joy Fowler, and Hannah Tinti will be joining The Washington Post book critic Ron Charles to read and discuss their craft. Join us on Thursday, February 9th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Ballroom A of the Washington Convention Center, Level Three.
Please stop by booth 408 to find our more about the Speakers Bureau and how you can book one of our literary speakers for your next event. We hope to see you there!
In addition to those on our panel, we encourage you to see some of our other luminous speakers at readings and events throughout the conference.
Our Featured Panel
Award-winning author Jennifer Egan is renowned for her groundbreaking approach to literary form and perspective. Egan’s most recent book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was heralded as “a new classic of American fiction” by Time magazine. Inventive, witty, and unforgettable, Egan’s work has earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.
Beloved by readers and writers alike, Karen Joy Fowler is a favorite among literary communities nationwide. The author of nine books, she is considered to be one of the most accomplished and adroit fiction writers in America by the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.
Hannah Tinti is a remarkable storyteller known for her critically acclaimed, genre-bending fiction. Tinti is the author of three books, including the bestselling novel The Good Thief, and the forthcoming The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley (March, 2017), one of the most anticipated books of the spring. A jack-of all-trades, Tinti also teaches at NYU’s MFA Program and is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Story magazine, which won the AWP Prize for Best Small Press in 2014.
More of Our Speakers at AWP
Thu 2/9, 10:30-11:45am: “Which Comes First, Actvism or Artist?”
Thu 2/9, 12:00-1:15pm: “A Lecture by Jacqueline Woodson, Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation”
Thu 2/9, 12:00-1:15pm: “Finding a Way: The Secret Life of a Solo Mom Writer”
Thu 2/9, 1:30-2:45pm: “Success, Failure, and the Green-Eyed Monster: Thriving in a Competitive Environment”
Thu 2/9, 3:00-4:15pm: “In the Box/Out of the Box: Writing With/Against Your Gender/Race/Ethnicity Etc.”
Sat 2/11, 1:30-2:45pm: “Measuring Up: Creative Assessment in Creative Writing Programs”
Fri 2/10, 9:00-10:15am: “A Novelist’s Job: The Realities, Joys, and Challenges”
Sat 2/11, 3:00-4:15pm: “I Did It My Way: Writing Who We Are”
Fri 2/10, 10:30-11:45am: “Crafty: Four City University of New York MFA Graduates Read from Their Work”
Fri 2/10, 12:00pm-1:15pm: “American Smooth: A Tribute to Rita Dove”
The Mothers - Brit Bennett
Fri 2/10, 1:30-2:45pm: “Going There: Writing the Complicated Truth in the World’s Hot Spots”
Trajectory - Richard Russo
Fri 2/10, 4:30-5:45pm: “To the Finish Line: Completing and Promoting the Novel”
Sat 2/11, 8:30-10:00pm: “A Reading and Conversation with Margo Livesey and Colum McCann”