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2017 Mary Higgins Clark Chair Address: Writing Novels - Trust the Process, Work Often, Die Happy

  • McNally Amphitheater 140 West 62nd Street New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

A discussion and Q&A with celebrated Young Adult novelist A.S. King on the life of an author and the invention of individual process. The event will examine the importance of persistence, voice, and breaking conventional writing rules as well as navigating the publishing business as a non-traditional writer. Please RSVP for the talk at

We are proud to be hosting A.S. King as our 2017 Mary Higgins Clark Chair. King will be in residence at Fordham from October 2nd - October 5th. We've started a Blackboard reading group where people are discussing her novel Ask the Passengers. (Click here to join!) Stay tuned for information on advising sessions, talk-backs, and other ways you can meet A.S. King. 


A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including her 2016 release Still Life with Tornado, 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others. She is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and spends many months of the year traveling the country speaking to high school students. After fifteen years living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.

Earlier Event: October 2
LitFest 2017
Later Event: October 4
Reid-Mullarkey Forum