Courtney Maum & Rebecca Makkai: Before and After the Book Deal | Reading & Signing

Courtney Maum & Rebecca Makkai

How do people actually sit down and finish a book? How do you find an agent and a publisher? Did you get a good advance? What do you do when you feel envious of other writers?

Join novelists Courtney Maum and Rebecca Makkai as they discuss Courtney’s newest book, Before and After the Book DealA Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First BookCovering questions from the logistical to the existential, Before and After the Book Deal is the definitive guide for anyone who has ever wanted to know what it’s really like to be an author — and this conversation will dish even more dirt.

Before and After the Book Deal has over 150 contributors from all walks of the industry, including authors Anthony Doerr, Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Lisa Ko, and Makkai herself. Agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and editors also weigh in, offering advice and sharing intimate anecdotes about even the most taboo topics in the industry. Their wisdom will help aspiring authors find a foothold in the publishing world and navigate the challenges of life before and after publication with sanity and grace.

This conversation, sponsored by StoryStudio Chicago and Northwestern University’s MA/MFA in Prose and Poetry, will be followed by book signings from both authors.

COURTNEY MAUM is the author of the novels Costalegre, Touch, and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and the chapbook Notes from Mexico. Her writing and essays have been widely published in such outlets as BuzzFeedThe New York TimesOThe Oprah MagazineInterview, and Modern Loss. She is the founder of the learning collaborative The Cabins, and she also works as a product namer and publishing consultant from her home in Connecticut.

REBECCA MAKKAI’S latest novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the story collection Music for Wartime. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago, where she guides students through writing and publishing their novels.

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Jan 12 2020


6:00 pm



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American Writers Museum Readers Hall
180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

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