Hannah read from The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley— a love-story, a coming of age story, a family story, an adventure story—it's got it all. Her #literarycocktail was The Thirteenth Shot, an allusion to Hawley's twelve bullet wounds. Who wouldn't need some whiskey after all that?
Dan's One of the Boys tells the story a drug-addicted man and his two sons. His reading found some humor in this tragic tale. His #literarycocktail was The Beast, an allusion to the man at his best and at his worst, to drugs and addiction, to frustration and fury.
Helen read "How to Be a Grown-Ass Lady" from her collection of stories, American Housewife. Wise advice, indeed! Her #literarycocktail, Bourbon & Pearls, arrived garnished with a cluster of pearls on a swizzle stick—the perfect accessory for every G.A.L.
Hannah read from her novel, Sonora, the story of a desperate friendship set against the backdrop of the scorching desert and the wilds of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Reviving Ofelia was her #literarycocktail.
Josephine read from A Loving, Faithful Animal, the lyrical, shattering story of a man and his family in the aftermath of war. Tragic, yet embued with hope. Her #literarycocktail was Grace, Rising.
Hannah Tinti is the author of the bestselling novel The Good Thief, which won The Center for Fiction's First Novel prize, and the story collection Animal Crackers, a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is an Indie-Next bestseller and has been optioned for television. She teaches creative writing at New York University's MFA program and co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference. Tinti is also the co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine, which won the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, and the PEN/Magid Award for Excellence in Editing.
Helen Ellis is the author of the novel, Eating the Cheshire Cat, and the short story collection, American Housewife. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.
Josephine Rowe was born in 1984 in Rockhampton, Australia, and grew up in Melbourne. In the United States her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Iowa Review, The Paris Review Daily, and other publications. She holds fellowships from the Wallace Stegner Program in fiction at Stanford University, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Omi International Arts Center, and Yaddo. In 2016, her fiction won the Elizabeth Jolley Prize in Australia. She currently lives in Tasmania.
Daniel Magariel is a fiction writer from Kansas City. He has a BA from Columbia University, as well as an MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a Cornelia Carhart Fellow. He has lived in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida, Colorado, and Hawaii. He currently lives in New York with his wife. One of the Boys is his first novel.
Hannah Lillith Assadi received her MFA in fiction from the Columbia University School of the Arts. She was raised in Arizona and now lives in Brooklyn. Her first novel, Sonora, was published in March 2017.