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April 18th, 2024 | 6:00PM | In-person| Christopher Mason

Christopher Mason

Christopher Mason writes and performs funny musical toasts and roasts. Above, Leonard Lauder’s 90th: “Nifty at Ninety. He is also is a longtime contributor to The New York TimesNew York magazine, Town & Country, Departures, Travel & Leisure, Architectural Digest, The World of Interiors and Airmail. Christopher Mason wrote The Art of the Steal about the Sotheby's-Christie's Auction Scandal, and Songs for the Rich & Famous.



March 20th, 2024 | 6:00PM | In-person| Debbie Willis

Debbie Willis

Deborah Willis is a writer based in Calgary, Canada, who has published two acclaimed books of short fiction and a novel. Her work has been longlisted for The Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and has appeared in The Virginia QuarterlyThe Iowa ReviewLucky Peach, and Zoetrope. Her first novel, Girlfriend on Mars, was published in 2023 by Penguin (Canada), W.W. Norton (U.S.), and Serpent's Tail (U.K.) and is forthcoming in Italy, Denmark and France. The New York Times lauded the novel's "scorching" humor and Kirkus called the book "[w]insome, sweet, and apocalyptic—a perfect blend for the end of times." 



February 16th, 2024 | 6:00PM | In-person| Rebecca F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang

Rebecca F. Kuang is the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, Yellowface, and Katabasis (forthcoming). Her work has won the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and British Book Awards. She has been named to the 2023 Time100 Next list and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2024. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies Sinophone literature and Asian American literature.


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