Novelist Jennifer Close will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual conversation at 1:00 p.m. CT Wednesday, June 8.
The talk, titled “Conjuring Authentic Worlds with Creative Writing,” is part of the Institute’s Illinois Authors Series, in which we meet the writers who bring the Prairie State to life on the page.
Close and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss Close’s work as a creative writing instructor and her new book “Marrying the Ketchups,” a comedic novel that follows a Chicago family as they run a restaurant and contend with life’s unexpected changes.
Close’s other titles include the best-selling “Girls in White Dresses,” “The Smart One,” and “The Hopefuls.” Close is a Chicago native who now lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches creative writing. She studied at Boston College and got her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the New School.
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