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Reading, Conversation/Interview

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  • Date: May 26
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm PT
  • Location: Lapis Theater
    1634 11th Ave.

Second Locations, Second Chances: Characters Finding Self in the Most Unexpected Places

Hugo House welcomes award-winning authors Alle C. Hall, Jennifer Haupt, and Emme Lund for a discussion around crafting characters, hosted and moderated by Sarah Neilson.

Join Alle C. Hall (As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back), Jennifer Haupt (In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills), and Emme Lund (The Boy with a Brid in his Chest), as they explore topics of identity, second chances, and discovering wonderous aspects of self in the unexpected places that each of their fictionalized young protagonists contend with.

The House bar will be open to serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Sarah Neilson

Sarah Neilson

Sarah Neilson (moderator) is a freelance culture writer and interviewer whose work regularly appears in The Seattle TimesThem, and Shondaland, among other outlets. They are an alumni of Tin House Craft Intensive, and their memoir writing has been published in Catapult and Ligeia. When not freelancing, they are working on a memoir manuscript, enjoying the Pacific Northwest outdoors, and snuggling her adopted cats.

Emme Lund

Emme Lund

Emme Lund’s most recent novel, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest, was awarded the 2019 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction and was just nominated for The Oregon Book Award. Her previous novel is The Sacred Text of Rosa Who is Great. Emme’s short pieces have appeared in Electric LiteratureTIME MagazineThe RumpusRomper, the Portland Mercury, and Autostraddle, among many other venues. She lives and writes in Portland.

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt


Jennifer Haupt is the author of the novels In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills and Come As You Are. She was awarded the 2021 Washington State Book Award for General Nonfiction as the editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah MagazinePsychology TodayThe RumpusThe Sun, and many other publications. She teaches at Hugo House and elsewhere.  

Website: jenniferhaupt.com

Alle C. Hall


Seattle author Alle C. Hall's debut novel As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back won five prizes prior to publication, including The National League of American Pen Women’s Mary Kennedy Eastham Prize. Hall’s short work appears in journals including Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review,Tupelo Quarterly,New World Writing,CreativeNonfiction, and Another Chicago. She has a lively passion for bringing writers to an easy understanding of their writing and publishing goals.