Vision & Voice: A Conversation with Jane Hamilton and Audrey Niffenegger

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Join celebrated authors Jane Hamilton and Audrey Niffenegger for an intimate discussion exploring imagination, voice, and their distinctive, best-selling works, A Map of the World and The Time Traveler’s Wife, among others. The program takes place on Saturday March 2 at 3pm in the Stuart Community Room at the Gorton Center, 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest.  Hosted by Donna Seaman from Booklist and presented by Ragdale and Story Week Festival of Writers.

Admission is $10/person and free for students with valid I.D. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at http://www.ragdale.org/VisionAndVoice . 

Randy Albers, Chair of Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department, says “We, at Story Week are so pleased to be collaborating with Ragdale, certainly one of the very best arts residency programs in the nation, to present Vision & Voice.  Audrey Niffenegger and Jane Hamilton, two of the finest writers at work in contemporary literature are both Ragdale alums and presently on the faculty of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, home of Story Week.  In conversation with the eminent Booklist editor/reviewer, radio personality, and Story Week interviewer, Donna Seaman, these two writers will no doubt offer an inspiring program featuring readings and an inside look at their successful writing processes.
Anyone who loves great writing will love this program.”

Jane Hamilton’s first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel and was a selection of the Oprah Book Club. Her second novel, A Map of the World, was an international bestseller.

Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife was an international best seller, and made into a movie.  It was followed by Her Fearful Symmetry and the serialized graphic novel for the London Guardian, The Night Bookmobile.

Vision and Voice is supported by Columbia College Chicago’s Rubin Fellowship. Proceeds benefit Ragdale’s Rubin Residency Fund to support a Columbia College Fiction Writing Department graduate student writer-in-residence at Ragdale in 2014.

For tickets, go to www.ragdale.org .  For information, call 847.234.1063 or email: info@ragdale.org

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Ragdale is a non-profit artist residency program, located in Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Lake Forest country estate, 30 miles north of Chicago.  In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed the family’s summer home into an artists-in-residence program.  Today, The Ragdale Foundation hosts over 150 writers, composers, visual and interdisciplinary artists each year.  www.ragdale.org

Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department presents the 17th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers: Vision and Voice Sunday, March 17 through Friday, March 22. Story Week annually brings together an exceptional, diverse group of writers at work on the literary scene to Chicago area audiences with programs offered free to the public.  www.colum.edu/storyweek 


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