Behind the Book

January 09, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jonathan Miles’s recently published second novel, Want Not, has received wide accolades.  It was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington Post Notable Fiction, a Wall Street Journal Favorite Books, a Chicago Tribune Notable Book, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013.  Jonathan’s first novel, Dear American Airlines, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.  It was also a finalist for the QPB New Voices Award, the Borders Original Voices Award, and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was translated into half a dozen languages.  A former columnist for The New York Times, Jonathan serves as a contributing editor to magazines as diverse as Field & Stream and Details, and writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review and The Literary Review (UK).  He currently lives with his family alongside the Delaware River in rural New Jersey.

“I loved this book . . . . the work of a fluid, confident, and profoundly talented writer . . . . it’s a joyous book, a very funny book, and an unpredictable book, and that’s because everyone in it is allowed to be fully human.” – Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review

Adelle Waldman’s debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., has been called one of 2013’s best books by The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate, The Economist, NPR, Fresh Air, The National Journal, Bookforum, The National Post, BookPage, The Guardian (UK), Cosmopolitan, Elle, Baltimore City Paper, and The Irish Times.  It was also named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Washington Post Notable Book.  The novel will soon be translated into Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and other languages.  Adelle’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Village Voice, and other publications.  She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

“Adelle Waldman just may be this generation’s Jane Austen, as she skewers the mating mores of today’s aristocrats, the young literary elite of Brooklyn, N.Y., in her funny and at times painfully acute debut novel . . . .” – Clea Simon, The Boston Globe

Kate Manning is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, My Notorious Life and Whitegirl.  A former documentary television producer for public television, she has won two New York Emmy Awards, and also written for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among others.  She has taught creative writing at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, where she lives with her boisterous family, including a dog named Moon, who walks her regularly.

“Loosely based on the life of Ann Trow Lohman (aka Madame Restell), the infamous abortionist who became known as “the Wickedest Woman in New York,” [Manning] paints a vivid portrait of this daring yet deeply compassionate woman who is willing to flout convention and defy the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights.” – Publishers Weekly

About Behind the Book
Founded in 2003, Behind the Book is a small NYC literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators who reflect their experiences, communities, and backgrounds.  Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms as part of creative-writing programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and the authors.  We are building a new generation of readers and writers.