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Brockmeier, Groff, and their book covers

Brockmeier and Groff

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and a New York Times bestselling novelist. Groff’s work regularly appears in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. In Matrix, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse for marriage or courtly life. After she is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey whose nuns are on the brink of starvation and beset by disease, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, and for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters and a conviction in her own divine visions. Kevin Brockmeier, who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, is the author of eight books of fiction and one memoir. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has participated in the Festival each year since its inception. The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories encourages readers to confront the timeless question: What comes after death?

This event will take place on the Zoom platform. Free registration is required.


Date and Time

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm