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Saturday, October 15 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Art of the Novel

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"Never open a book with weather" —Elmore Leonard. Good quote, but you'll learn more from this panel of authors, who break down the craft and process of writing a novel. With Ramona Asubel, Jan Ellison, Grant Faulkner, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Ellen Sussman. $10

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Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (June, 2016) as well as No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and A Guide to Being Born, a New York Times Notable Book. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares and elsewhere. She is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New... Read More →
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Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison is the USA Today bestselling author of the debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Jan won an O. Henry Prize for her first short story, and her essays about writing and parenting have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. A graduate of Stanford, Jan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their... Read More →
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Grant Faulkner

Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month
Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month, the co-founder of 100 Word Story, and a co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and dozens of others. His collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, was released last May, and he has a collection of essays on creativity coming out with Chronicle Books in... Read More →
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Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her writing includes essays, academic papers, reviews and short stories.  Her second novel, “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” (2016) is published by Cassava Republic Press (Abuja-London... Read More →
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Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. www.ellensussman.com


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mechanics' Institute Library 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104