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Rebecca Makkai

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Season 2.2 Rebecca Makkai, The Plague Before

Burned By Books

In which we discuss Rebecca's latest novel, The Great Believers, and so much more.

10 Jul 2021

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Permission To Write and Getting It Right, featuring Rebecca Makkai

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers

Creative empathy is no longer enough of a foundation when it comes to what kinds of characters and situations novelists can or should write, and yet permission to write is the foundation of this week’s how featuring Rebecca Makkai. In this wide-reaching conversation Brooke and Grant talk with Rebecca about the value of research, the challenges all writers face in prioritizing their writing, and getting it right when it’s so easy to get it wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


5 Jul 2021

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Books Connect Us

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE and THE BORROWER. Her latest book THE GREAT BELIEVERS is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss, set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris. It was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and a New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year. Now let's join our own Abbe Wright in conversation with author Rebecca Makkai.


9 Apr 2021

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#6 - Rebecca Makkai

Writing F(r)iction

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novels "The Great Believers", "The Hundred-Year House", and "The Borrower", as well as the short story collection "Music for Wartime". "The Great Believers" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


27 Sep 2020

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Episode 13: The Great Believers Featuring Rebecca Makkai

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

Rebecca Makkai with Bill Goldstein | Rebecca Makkai took Bill Goldstein and their audience on a journey back to 1980s Chicago, when the AIDS epidemic was reaching its height and an entire generation of gay men was dying. But while the topic was heady, Rebecca Makkai’s spunk and sass kept things from getting too dark, and there were even laughs to be found while exploring her Pulitzer Prize runner up novel.

1hr 2mins

3 Sep 2020

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E:12 "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai (EmmyB with Whitney Flygare)

Lovely Books

In this episode, EmmyB and returning pod-guest Whitney Flygare take on tragedy and survivorship in the historical fiction novel "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai. AIDS in the 1980s gay community is not an easy topic to discuss, but with great compassion and style, Makkai gives us something we cannot stop talking about! Whitney also mentions "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins her book recommendation that has a voice of power that needs to be heard.


14 Aug 2020

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Ep 07: Rebecca Makkai, Author, on Networking, Building a Career, Plot in Literary Fiction, and Why Everyone Should Read to Ten-Year-Olds

Chicago Writers Podcast

In this episode, we talk with local legend Rebecca Makkai about networking, building a career as an author, the role of plot in literary fiction, and why everyone should read out loud to a room full of unruly ten-year-olds.    Rebecca Makkai can be found online at  http://rebeccamakkai.com/ and on Twitter at @rebeccamakkai   Follow the Chicago Writers Podcast on Twitter @ChiWriPodcast


26 Jul 2020

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Episode 43: Crisis, Opportunity, and the Vitality of Literature with Rebecca Makkai; Plus Tough Questions with Suzanne Nossel

The PEN Pod

On this Friday's edition of The PEN Pod, we talk to acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai about working amid a crisis, parallels between her work and our experience now, and the need for art and literature. Plus, in our weekly TOUGH QUESTIONS segment with Suzanne Nossel, how Plandemic made waves and the president's attacks on journalists.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support


15 May 2020

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#23 Rebecca Makkai, can we fairly compare and contrast pandemics?

The Americans

This time we’re talking about the importance of empathy when an epidemic hits society.Rebecca Makkai is a novelist and short-story writer. She grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois to parents who were linguistics professors. Her paternal grandmother was a well-known actress and novelist in Hungary. Makkai herself has published three novels so far. The Great Believers was published in 2018 and selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. The book was also a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The story is set during the time of the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago – and in contemporary Paris, pre-corona. It tells two intertwining stories about people who struggle to find goodness in times of crisis. The German of edition of the book is called Die Optimisten.


15 Apr 2020

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Rebecca Makkai and Christopher Castellani in Conversation

Twenty Summers

Recorded at the Hawthorne barn on May 31, 2019 by Twenty Summers. All Rights Reserved. 

1hr 1min

18 Nov 2019