The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is proud to be a Literary Partner of the 2018 AWP Conference in Tampa, Florida.
In addition to showcasing some of today’s brightest literary voices at our booth, we’ll be hosting a very special event: our speakers Nathan Englander and Lauren Groff will be joining Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft to read and discuss their craft. Join us on Friday, March 9th, from 3:00pm – 4:15pm in Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center, First Floor for this exciting and engaging event.
During the conference, stop by booth #1008 in the bookfair to find out 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
Nathan Englander and Lauren Groff: A Reading and Conversation
3:00pm – 4:15pm, Friday, March 9th
Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Learn more on the AWP website.
Set in the heart of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Nathan Englander’s Dinner at the Center of the Earth was dubbed “a work of psychological precision and moral force” by Colson Whitehead. In addition to his novels, Englander has published two story collections: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, a PEN/Malamud Award winner, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Lauren Groff is the award-winning author of the celebrated story collection Delicate Edible Birds and three novels: The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Groff is a captivating and thoughtful speaker who loves connecting with audiences when discussing her bestselling works. Her anticipated short story collection, Florida, will be published in June 2018.
Our Speakers at AWP 2018
Thu 3/8, 9:00am – 10:15am: Defeating Writer’s Block: Techniques for Breaking Through
Fri 3/9, 3:00pm – 4:15pm: If Only I’d Known: Advice for Navigating the Publishing World
Thu 3/8, 10:30am – 11:45am: Out of Our Head and Into the World: Writers on Live Performance
Thu 3/8, 10:30am – 11:45am: The Historical Women: Reimagining Past Narratives Through the Contemporary Female Perspective
Sat 3/10, 4:30pm – 5:45pm: Not an Island: The Place of Literary Citizenship in the Writer’s Life
Thu 3/8, 1:30-2:45pm: Faith, Fervor, and Fundamentalism: How Writers Are Impacted by Their Religious Beliefs
Thu 3/8, 4:30pm – 5:45pm: Stranger and Truthier Than Truth: Fiction in the Age of Trump
Fri 3/9, 11:00am – 11:30am: Book signing
Sat 3/10, 1:30pm – 2:45pm: Monster Cultures
Crazy Like a Fox - Rita Mae Brown
Fri 3/9, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: Book signing
Thu 3/8, 4:30pm – 5:45pm: Our Brilliant Friends: Women, Friendship, and Art
Fri 3/9, 10:30am – 11:45am: Beyond “Add one and stir”: Negotiating Race, Gender, and Class as Female Faculty of Color
Fri 3/9, 12:00pm – 1:15pm: Workshops that Work, Workshops that Matter
Sat 3/10, 12:00pm – 1:15pm: Walking Across the Hall—The Writer in the Literature Classroom
Fri 3/9, 1:30pm – 12:45pm: Failure: The Taboo Element of Craft
Sat 3/10, 12:00pm – 1:15pm: The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Got
Fri 3/9, 1:30pm – 2:45pm: Mindfulness in the Writing Workshop
Fri 3/9, 4:30pm – 5:45pm: Redemption in the Pen: Insights from the Journeys of Formerly Incarcerated Writers
Sat 3/10, 10:30am – 11:45am: The Life and Work of Lucille Clifton
Sat 3/10, 12:00pm – 1:15pm: Bad Girls Do It Well: Creating Flawed and Fully Formed “Bad” Girl Characters in YA Fiction
Sat 3/10, 3:00pm – 4:15pm: Graywolf Debut Poets
Sat 3/10, 3:00pm – 4:15pm: Can Poetry Hold the Center? Sponsored by Copper Canyon Press