Keynote Conversation: Angela Flournoy and Hannah Tinti

Founders Hall

Join novelist Angela Flournoy, whose debut The Turner House was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year, and Hannah Tinti, co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning magazine One Story and author most recently of the novel The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, for a warm and intimate conversation about their lives and work. They will compare notes about the shape of their careers—from the books that influenced them most profoundly to where they’re headed next—illuminating the ins and outs of being working writers and public intellectuals in the age of social media. Flournoy and Tinti will discuss their creative process, in particular the challenges of writing historical literary fiction, how they incorporate research into their artistic projects, and the difficult balancing act of weaving a compelling fictional narrative while staying true to the factual record. These two widely published authors of fiction and nonfiction will advise on how they navigated the submissions process as emerging writers and talk about literary citizenship and the importance of political engagement in America today. The discussion will be moderated by Brian Gresko, who has conducted several “Authors in Conversation” interviews for Slice magazine.


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