History, Memory, and Fiction

Thursday, October 15th, 4:00 pm

Literary fiction so often explores not only what we think and how we think it, but what we remember and how the past can encompass the present. Through beautiful and unique prose, these three authors have brought their subjects to life—and soon you’ll know how. Featuring David Hajdu (Adrianne Geffel), Kathleen Rooney (Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey), and Tatiana Ryckman (The Ancestry of Objects). 

Replay of this event is available throughout 2020!

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photo by Takako Harkness

David Hajdu is the author of five acclaimed books of cultural history, biography, and criticism, including Lush LifePositively 4th Street, and Heroes and Villians, which were all finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He is also the music critic for the Nation, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and a songwriter and librettist. His debut novel, the newly released Adrianne Geffel: A Fiction (W. W. Norton & Company), is “satire at its best: painfully accurate, and utterly enjoyable,” according to Claire Messud. Hajdu lives with his family in New York City. Learn more online at www.davidhajdu.com.

photo by Beth Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, the author of the acclaimed 2017 novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, and the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Her previous work includes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and has appeared in The New York Times MagazineAllureSalonThe Chicago TribuneThe Nation and elsewhere. Her latest novel, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey (Penguin Books), a story told partly from the perspective of a World War I messenger pigeon, was released in August 2020 and hailed as “both heartbreaking and sharply funny” by Rebecca Makkai. A former bookseller, Rooney teaches English and creative writing at DePaul University and lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay. Learn more at  www.kathleenrooney.com.

Tatiana Ryckman is the author of the novella I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do), and two chapbooks of prose, Twenty-Something and VHS and Why it’s Hard to Live. She is the editor of Austin-based publisher Awst Press, and has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, Arthub, and 100W Corsicana. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Lit Hub, Paper Darts, Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, and other publications. She teaches Creative Writing workshops through the University of Texas at Austin’s Informal Classes. Her latest project, the “lyrical, genre-bending” novel The Ancestry of Objects (Deep Vellum Publishing)was just published in September. Learn more at www.tatianaryckman.com.

Eric Lorberer is the Executive Director of Rain Taxi, where he also serves as the editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books  and the director of the organization’s event series and Twin Cities Book Festival. He has published poems, essays, and criticism in numerous magazines, and has spoken at colleges, conferences, and literary festivals around the country as an advocate for independent publishing and literary culture.