Join us for Lit City at The LINE Hotel, featuring Rebecca Makkai & Paul Lisicky

Free entry and valet with RSVP



On Monday, May 20th at 7 p.m., join us in the East Lobby of the LINE Austin for the second installment of our new literary salon, Lit City at the LINE. This month features Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, and Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door, hosted by Richard Z. Santos. Cocktail hour to follow readings and conversation.

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, one of the New York Times’ top ten books for 2018, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the ALA Stonewall Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Her story “Webster’s Last Stand” appears in the current issue of American Short Fiction.

Paul Lisicky is the author of The Narrow Door (a New York Times Editors’ Choice), Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Fence, the New York Times, Ploughshares, Tin House, and in many other magazines and anthologies. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere. He is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Brooklyn, New York. His sixth book, Later, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March 2020.

Richard Z. Santos (moderator) is a writer and high school teacher living in Austin. His essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in Kirkus Reviews Magazine, the Morning News, the Rumpus, the San Antonio Express News, the LA Review of Books and many other publications. He has served as a judge for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize and The Kirkus Prize. His fiction has appeared in multiple places, and he has recently completed his second novel.

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