Writers Lauren Groff, Kirstin Innes, Audrey Niffenegger, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Neil Smith read from their latest works. Catherine Graham hosts.
Lauren Groff is the New York Times–bestselling author of two novels, The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, as well as the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. She graduated from Amherst College and has an MFA in fiction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker and Harper's, and her fiction has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the Medici Book Club Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize. She presents Fates and Furies, her deeply satisfying new novel about marriage, creativity, art and perception.
Kirstin Innes is a freelance writer, journalist and arts publicist. She won the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011 and writes for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The List and The Independent. She was a founder of the Words Per Minute literary salon, named one of the best spoken word nights in the UK by both GQ and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Innes presents her debut novel, Fishnet, a gripping story of sex, prostitution and missing persons.
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to the bestselling novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of three illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress and The Night Bookmobile. She lives in Chicago and London. She presents Ghostly, a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time, collected and introduced by Niffenegger and accompanied by her own fabulous illustrations.
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is a writer of both crime novels and children’s fiction and works as a director at one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. She is the recipient of two Icelandic prizes for literature, including the IBBY Award in 2000 and the Icelandic Children’s Book Award in 2003. She is the author of My Soul to Take, Ashes to Dust, Day is Dark and I Remember You, all of which have been European bestsellers. Sigurðardóttir presents The Undesired, her latest thriller about the investigation of potential child abuse at the treatment centre Krokur in the 1970s.
Neil Smith is a French translator and the author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller Bang Crunch. He has been nominated for the Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada), as well as the Journey Prize three times. He has also won the First Book Prize from the Quebec Writers' Federation. Smith presents Boo, a story about growing up, staying young and the never-ending heartbreak of being 13.