Dan Chaon, Patty Yumi Cottrell among those announced for New Fiction Confab

All the big names.
All the big early- and mid-career names.

Dan Chaon, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Alexandra Kleeman, John Pipkin, Deb Olin Unferth and Yoojin Grace Wuertz will be dispensing writerly wisdom as part of the  Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s 8th annual New Fiction Confab, which takes place April 1.

Each year, the Confab invites a handful of  early- and mid-career authors to Austin to spend a day leading writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations with the Austin literary community.

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of six works of fiction, including “Await Your Reply” and “Among the Missing,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest novel is the thriller “Ill Will.”

Patty Yumi Cottrell’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, BOMB, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is “Sorry to Disrupt the Peace.”

Alexandra Kleeman’s début novel, “You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine,” was published in 2015 and her debut story collection, “Intimations,” came out last year.

Austin author John Pipkin’s first novel, “Woodsburner,” earned multiple awards and was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle. His latest novel is “The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter,” which he discussed with the Statesman last year. 

Austin author and teacher Deb Olin Unferth is the author of “Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution:The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War,” which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography. Her first short story collection, “Wait Till You See Me Dance,” is out in March.

Yoojin Grace Wuertz was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States at age six. Her debut novel,” Everything Belongs to Us,” is out in late February.

Here is the schedule:

Readings and Conversations (Faulk Library)     2:00-5:00

  • Yoojin Grace Wuertz and John Pipkin (2:00-2:45)

Moderator: Michael Noll, editor of “Read to Write Stories” and program director for the Writers’ League of Texas

  • Alexandra Kleeman and Deb Olin Unferth (3:00-3:45)

Moderator: Brittani Sonnenberg, author of Home Leave

  • Dan Chaon and Patty Yumi Cottrell (4:00-4:45)

Moderator: Scott Blackwood, author of See How Small, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, and In the Shadow of Our House

Book sales and signing to follow.

Austin Lit Fair (Faulk Library)     2:00-5:00 

The New Fiction Confab showcases local publishers and literary organizations shaping Austin’s dynamic community of readers and writers. Discover their work and meet the editors and publishers enriching Austin. Featuring: American Short Fiction, The Austin Review, Bat City Review, Books Are Not a Luxury, fields magazine, Old Books for New Teachers, The Writing Barn.

Badgerdog Writing Workshops     10:15-11:15

  • Workshop for Kids (Grades 3-5)

With Yoojin Grace Wuertz at Twin Oaks Branch Library

  • Workshop for Teens (Grades 6-12)

With Alexandra Kleeman at Yarborough Branch Library

  • Workshop for Adults

With Patty Yumi Cottrell at North Village Branch Library

  • Workshop for Adults

With Dan Chaon at Manchaca Branch Library

Register for writing workshops online at www.austinlibrary.org.










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Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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