Acclaimed author Hannah Pittard explores the necessity of being open to surprise and unexpected ideas.

According to Hannah, she has often found herself playing a game of “what if…?”, looking back upon the string of formative decisions and incidents that have defined her life. In her talk, she explores many personal moments of serendipity that have directly influenced her writing and success.

About the speaker

Hannah Pittard is the author, most recently, of the novel LISTEN TO ME, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Washington Post Best Summer Thriller, an Entertainment Weekly Seriously Scary Summer Read, a Millions Most Anticipated Book, a Lit Hub Buzz Book, and a Refinery 29 Best Book So Far. Previous books include REUNION (named a Millions Most Anticipated Book, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice, a BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, a “Best New Book” by People Magazine, a Top-10 Read by Bustle Magazine and LibraryReads, a Must-Read by TimeOut Chicago, and a Hot New Novel by Good Housekeeping), as well as THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY (an Oprah Magazine selection, an Indie Next pick, a Powell’s Indiespendible Book Club Pick, and a “best of” selection by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Details Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and Hudson Booksellers).

She is winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, American Scholar, Oxford American, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, BOMB, and many other publications. She teaches English at the University of Kentucky. In 2018, Houghton Mifflin will publish her fourth novel, JET SET.

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