Permission To Write and Getting It Right, featuring Rebecca Makkai
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.
Rebecca Makkai, author of THE GREAT BELIEVERS, THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE and THE BORROWER
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.
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.
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.
E:12 "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai (EmmyB with Whitney Flygare)
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.
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
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
#23 Rebecca Makkai, can we fairly compare and contrast pandemics?
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.