Sep
29
to Sep 30

HARBOR SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK, Harbor Springs, MI

Two panels at this spectacular Great Lakes resort.

SATURDAY, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. Lyric Theater

PANEL: STORIES OF WAR

With Jessica Shattuck, moderated by Terry Gable.

SUNDAY, Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m., Lyric Theater

PANEL: NARRATING PLACE AND TIME

For tickets or more information on the Festival, contact: Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

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Jul
15
to Jul 20

PICO IYER/JANET FITCH ESALEN WORKSHOP, Big Sur, CA

The Traveler's Practice: Journey and Journal

The best trips continue long after we’ve returned home: in memory, in the stories we tell, and in the ways we reorient our lives. But how do we catch in words the light above the Seine, or the way the California coastline opens us up? How do we turn sights into lasting insights and use the landscape around us to unlock the treasures within? By keeping a travel journal, we can deepen our experiences and increase present-moment awareness. Writing can help us become our truest selves.

Join renowned writers Pico Iyer and Janet Fitch for an intimate exploration of your inner and outer worlds through the lens of travel writing. Pico and Janet will use readings, periods of silence, exercises, and spirited discussions to explore how to catch the smells of a souq in Morocco or the spaciousness of a Colorado mountain, and how to give life to the way they make you feel. If travel is recorded vividly and searchingly, it can be a way of waking up the senses and bringing us back to our deepest home. Invoking writers such as Annie Dillard, Henry Miller, Leonard Cohen, Anais Nin, and a chorus of others to inspire the group, you can discover how every trip can be a kind of transport and how writing about your travels can be the first step toward transformation.

To register, go to www.esalen.org

 

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May
19
4:15 PM16:15

LITFEST PASADENA

In Conversation with Chris Daley

I'll be taking the stage with the astute moderator Chris Daley to talk about the building of my novel The Revolution of Marina M., answering literary and craft questions at the Pasadena festival.

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Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

Panel: Epics Old & New

I hit the jackpot of panels at the LA Times Festival of books this year, when I'll be in the incredible company of Madeline Miller (Circe), Laila Lalami (The Moor's Account), AG Lombardo (Graffiti Palace).-- talking about The Revolution of Marina M. What epic panel could be without a Russian epic? Moderated by Chris Daley, so I know it's going to sparkle.  Hope to see you there!

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS, Tucson, AZ

Three panels: Event #1:
Indomitable
Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location:Koffler Room 204
Panelists:Jim Fergus, Janet Fitch, Melody Winnower. Join these celebrated authors as they discuss indomitable characters who wrestle with grief, test the bonds of love, and refuse to be subdued or defeated by some of the most dramatic events of the centuries in which they live.

Event #2:
Perseverance
Location:Student Union Santa Rita
Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Panelists:Jim Fergus, Janet Fitch, Shobha Rao
 

Event #3:
Fierce Women
Location:UA BookStore
Sunday, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Panelists:Melanie Benjamin, Jillian Cantor, Janet Fitch.  Moderator:Pam Treadwell-Rubin

The Tucson Festival of Books is held each year on the campus of the University of Arizona, Tucson. 

Tucson Festival of Books, March 10-11. 

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Mar
8
12:00 PM12:00

AWP 2018, TAMPA: Panel, "Structuring the Novel"

 Structuring the Novel: Methods, Approaches, Ideas.  (Janet FitchLindsey DragerChristian KieferMatthew SalessesDerek Palacio) The methods of structuring book-length fiction are as numerous as they are difficult, especially in an era where the very idea of the "novel" is being called into question. Bringing together a diverse group of panelists with very different methods of structure, this panel strives to offer concrete answers to your structuring questions. What method might work best for the novel you are writing? How best to move forward? To outline or not to outline? How much to plan? 

 

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Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

VROMANS BOOKSTORE, PASADENA, CA

Joint reading with Janet Fitch and Florencia Ramirez (Eat Less Water).

A joint reading and signing with environmental activist Florencia Ramirez, a "sister" from the AROHO Retreat in Abiquiu New Mexico, where I first met this remarkable young woman and learned about her project and her blog EAT LESS WATER .

Florencia has long been examining ways in which we can do more to preserve water in this time of climate change: better ways to grow our food, making more responsible (and surprising) choices in what we buy and how we see the future of water.

I wanted to do an event with her to celebrate her book, EAT LESS WATER, just published by Red Hen Press, as well as my own new book, THE REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. , and the radical power of women.

I hear craft tequila will be served! 

Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA 91101

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Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

UC RIVERSIDE PALM DESERT LOW-RESIDENCY MFA: Building a Literary Life

In this conversation with Jill Alexander Essbaum, I will be discussing my path to publication, the two films made from my books, the ten years I spent on The Revolution of Marina M., and how to sustain a career as a writer of literary fiction.

Available to current UCR MFA creative writing students and those considering applying for the program. See UCR Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing website for more information.  

 

 

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