News & Events

June 20

Rebecca Makkai - In Conversation

Tattered Cover Bookstore, Aspen Grove, Colorado

William Henderson in conversation with Rebecca Makkai.

Rebecca Makkai, the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hundred-Year House and other novels, will discuss and sign The Great Believers ($27.00 Viking), a dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. In 1985, Yale Tishman is the development director for an art gallery in Chicago. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. After his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

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Lighthouse Writers Workshop Lit Fest


William Haywood Henderson – It can take some work to find the style and themes that are uniquely yours. But if you don’t find your own “imprint,” you’re unlikely to reach your full potential and set yourself off from other writers. In this workshop, we’ll look at where you’ve been, what has happened to you, what you can’t forget, and how all of this has shaped your vision. And we’ll dig into the voice that channels your deepest, truest self.

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