Columbus: Celebrating Women Writers with The Rona Jaffe Foundation
Celebrating Women Writers with The Rona Jaffe Foundation
Join us Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm for a reading and conversation with past Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards winners Helen Phillips & Kirstin Valdez Quade
Helen Phillips (Some Possible Solutions, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, And Yet They Were Happy) and Kirstin Valdez Quade (Night at the Fiestas) will read from their latest works of fiction and discuss their early careers as women writers.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT
Helen Phillips is the author of four books, including, most recently, the short story collection Some Possible Solutions, winner of the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Her first book, And Yet They Were Happy, was named a Notable Book by The Story Prize. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children. www.helencphillips.com
Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. It was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer. She teaches at Princeton. www.kirstinvaldezquade.com
Celebrated novelist Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded over $2 million to emergent women writers. www.ronajaffefoundation.org.