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Rebecca Makkai, 'I Have Some Questions for You'

In-person – Thursday February 22 at 7pm

Join us on Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m as we kick off Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival's first event of 2024 with Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-finalist Rebecca Makkai talking about her New York Times bestseller and "twisty, immersive whodunit" I Have Some Questions for You. Rebecca will be in conversation with award-winning and bestselling author of The Buddha in the Attic and The Swimmers, Julie Otsuka.


In I Have Some Questions for You, award-winning author Rebecca Makkai has crafted her most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman's reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart.


"Thought-provoking, deeply unsettling and undeniably riveting...part true-crime page-turner, part campus coming-of-age." San Francisco Chronicle

"A great accomplishment. [I Have Some Questions for You] is at once a campus novel, a piercing reflection on the appeal and ethics of the true crime genre, and a story of Me Too reckoning...Exquisitely suspenseful and enormously entertaining." Boston Globe

Tickets to hear Rebecca Makkai in person cost $25 and include a signed copy of the book I Have Some Questions for You (value $19). Books will be available for pick up at the event on Thursday February 22, 2024. No early pick-ups from our Festival partner Watchung Booksellers please! Rebecca will be signing books after the event.


This event will be held in The Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, 67 Church St, Montclair, 07042. If you require any special accommodations to attend, please email [email protected] before the event.

Rebecca Makkai is the author of the novel I Have Some Questions for You, The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Great Believers received an American Library Association Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, and was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times. A 2022 Guggenheim fellow, Makkai is on the MFA faculties of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe and Northwestern University, and is the artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago. She lives on the campus of the midwestern boarding school where her husband teaches, and in Vermont. Photo credit © Brett Simison.


Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divinewon the 2003 Asian American Literary Award and the 2003 American Library Association Alex Award. Her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic, was a finalist for the National Book Award 2011 and won the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the 2011 Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. The Buddha in the Attic was an international bestseller and the winner of the prestigious Prix Femina étranger 2012, and the Albatros Literaturpreis 2013. She lives in New York City. Photo credit © Jean-Luc Bertini.





Any proceeds from the festival benefit parent organization, Montclair-based non-profit Succeed2gether, which offers free after-school one-on-one tutoring and enrichment classes with the aim of closing the education and opportunity gaps in Essex County, NJ. You can read more about Succeed2gether and the festival awww.succeed2gether.org.


Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival organizing committee wishes to thank its primary festival partners – Montclair State University, Watchung Booksellers, Montclair Public Library – festival sponsors, event sponsors, our many community supporters and volunteers.








Please note that there are no refunds for this event. If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact Succeed2gether on 973-746-0553.

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Event information for Rebecca Makkai event TOMORROW February 22

February 21, 2024

Dear Rebecca Makkai fans!


We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (Thursday February 22) for Rebecca’s book talk. The event will start at 7pm. 

VENUE
This talk will take place in The Sanctuary, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, 67 Church St, Montclair.

PARKING
Parking is available at the Crescent Parking deck or on nearby streets (metered and free). See also attached map.

DOORS
Doors will open at 6:30 pm. General Admission will enter via Door B, which is located to the left, up the path. Sponsors and their guests should enter via Door A, which is to the right, up the stairs.

CHECK-IN
At check-in, please give your name and we will check you in via our ticketing app. If you purchased a ticket for someone else and didn't register their name, please either check in with them or have them know the name of the ticket purchaser so we can search our ticketing platform. 

BOOKS
Unsigned books will be handed out at check-in. Additional books will be available to purchase at the event. Julie's books will also be available for purchase.

IINSIDE THE VENUE
Front rows are reserved for Festival sponsors and other guests. Please follow the usher’s instructions when finding a seat. Masks are recommended, but not required, for all attendees.

BATHROOMS
Bathrooms are located at the front of the venue, down the corridor on the right. 

BOOK SIGNING
Rebecca and Julie will be signing books after the event. At the end of the talk, we will direct attendees to the signing tables. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or require any accommodations to attend. 

We look forward to welcoming you and hearing from Rebecca and Julie tomorrow!

Best,
Marcia Marley
Festival Chair


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