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Spring Readings and Events: Charles Johnson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Alexander Chee, Ada Limón, and More

Posted Mon, 3/05/2018 - 7:57am by  |  Category:

We have a packed calendar of readings and events this Spring season, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming writers, renowned bestselling authors, and much-anticipated new books. Hugo Literary Series This spring wraps up the 2017-18 season of our signature Hugo…

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Ruth Ozeki: Taking Care of Her Craft

Posted Tue, 2/20/2018 - 7:47am by  |  Category: , ,

Ruth Ozeki is a writer who cares deeply about her craft. Part of that sense of care relates to how her novels are strongly and sensitively informed by her concerns—the health of our food supply, the effect of digital technologies…

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Jess Walter on Time and the Writer

Posted Tue, 12/05/2017 - 7:19am by  |  Category: , ,

Jess Walter believes that when you’ve got a sense of humor about life there’s always a way forward. That philosophy clearly relates to his work as a writer. While he may jest at his own ways and means of tackling…

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New Series Supports Indigenous Poets

Posted Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:00am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House and Poetry Foundation kick off Poetry Across the Nations, a new community outreach program facilitated by Native women, on December 6–8. Conceived by poet Natalie Diaz in collaboration with Jennifer Foerester and Ydalmi Noriega of the Poetry Foundation,…

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Your Neighborhood’s Feminist Witchcraft: An Exclusive Q&A With Rachel Kessler and Jericho Brown

Posted Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Jericho Brown

All eyes will be on authors Rachel Kessler, Jericho Brown, and Porochista Khakpour on Friday, Nov. 10. They’ll be taking the stage for the latest installment in our Hugo Literary Series. As a nod to our new and permanent home, this…

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Word Works 2016 Speaker Kevin Young a Finalist for the National Book Awards

Posted Thu, 9/14/2017 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Congratulations to Kevin Young for the 2017 National Book Award nomination in nonfiction for his book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press)! In April of 2016, we were honored to have Young…

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Second Chances: An Exclusive Q&A With Sonora Jha, Meghan Daum, and Solmaz Sharif

Posted Wed, 9/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Real estate: It’s on our minds here at Hugo House as we prepare for the grand opening of our new and permanent home, tentatively scheduled for spring of 2018. That’s why this year’s Lit Series is all about place. To…

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Pretending With Karen Russell: The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Previews Her May 5 Lecture and Upcoming Master Class

Posted Mon, 4/24/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

Gracious — that’s the word that comes to mind when I think of Karen Russell. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius, Russell need not respond to my email asking for the below answers. But not only did she respond…

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Betrayed: An Exclusive Q&A With Rick Barot and Kaitlyn Greenidge

Posted Tue, 3/28/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Hugo House Literary Series (Greenidge and Barot)

Authors Rick Barot, Kaitlyn Greenidge and Anis Mojgani visit Hugo House on Friday, April 7, for the final installment in our 2016-2017 Literary Series. After a year of themes including exile, animals and theft, we turn to betrayal — an…

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At the Loom of the Inner Weave by Willie Fitzgerald

Posted Mon, 3/20/2017 - 7:07am by  |  Category: ,

When I was twenty-three and full of vague and unpromising ideas about how fiction might work, I was constantly asking myself how a piece of fiction earns it. ‘It’ was loosely defined, as was ‘earn’; basically, I was looking for…

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Let’s Get to Work With Author Mary Gaitskill

Posted Fri, 3/10/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
Mary Gaitskill

Talking about writing is fine but isn’t it time we actually started writing? That’s the vibe we got from author Mary Gaitskill in our recent interview and we couldn’t agree more. Gaitskill comes to Hugo House on March 16 to…

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Finding Safe Harbor: An Exclusive Q&A With Angela Flournoy, Megan Kruse, and Phillip B. Williams

Posted Mon, 2/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

On Friday, Feb. 17, authors Megan Kruse, Phillip B. Williams, and Angela Flournoy head to Hugo House for the next installment in the year’s Literary Series. The night’s theme is exile — a topic Hugo House picked months ago with…

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On Holding a Post-Election Community Writing Circle—and How You Can Offer One Too

Posted Thu, 11/17/2016 - 8:55am by  |  Category: , ,

Last Saturday, I held a Post-Election Community Writing Circle at the Hugo House. We packed a room with some sitting on the floor against the walls. We were people of many ages, genders, races, and emotions. Everyone wrote, nearly everyone…

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The Fire and Flood of Patricia Smith

Posted Fri, 11/11/2016 - 9:00am by  |  Category:

The first time Patricia Smith made me sob in public, I was a woman in a room full of women. And when I say full, I mean full. Me: sitting on the floor, criss-cross applesauce, like a little girl. It…

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Wild Sides: An Exclusive Q&A With Alexander Chee, Kirstin Valdez Quade and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Posted Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:00am by  |  Category:

On Friday, Nov. 4, Alexander Chee, Kirstin Valdez Quade, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will unleash their wild sides during this year’s second Literary Series. In a recent email exchange, each offered up a hint of what they’re writing for Lit…

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