Join Anna Beecher (Here Comes the Miracle) and Emily Temple (The Lightness), MFA graduates of UVA’s Creative Writing Program, as they read from and discuss their first novels, in conversation with Jeb Livingood.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below. The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on VaBook.org/Watch.

This event will include live-captioning.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, UVA Bookstore.

“Anna Beecher has produced an evocation of loss and mourning that is nevertheless suffused with a sense of wonder—about the world and its objects, about different kinds of love, about the way our lives form round absences. In this quietly devastating novel, she attends, with tenderness and precision, to the details of both life and death. Here Comes the Miracle is a work of depth, sorrow, and great beauty. — Molly McCloskey, author of When Light is Like Water

“It’s a teen thriller in the vein of the ‘90s horror movie The Craft… But it’s also a beautiful meditation on meditation, with readings of sacred texts and light Buddhist history, populated with girls who refuse to act the way they’re expected to; who have too much passion, too many feelings and nowhere to put them; who are on the cusp of adulthood… [The Lightness]—frequently hilarious, and thoughtful throughout—also transcends expectations at its end.” —The New York Times Book Review

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