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Missing Persons: Two Novelists

Maile Meloy and Marisa Silver
Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Episode Summary

An award-winning writer of short stories, children’s books, and literary novels, Maile Meloy’s new novel Do Not Become Alarmed is a masterfully executed emotional thriller about what happens when two American families go on a tropical vacation and the children go missing. New York Times bestselling author Marisa Silver’s latest novel, Little Nothing, follows an electrifying story of a girl, scorned for her physical deformity, whose passion and salvation lie in her otherworldly ability to transform herself and the world around her. Join us as Meloy and Silver share the stage to discuss their gripping work that entrances with literary precision while subverting expectations with every turn of the page.

Participant(s) Bio

Maile Meloy’s new novel is Do Not Become Alarmed. She is also the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (one of The New York Times’ Best Books of the Year), and the Apothecary middle grade trilogy. She has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize, the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Born in Helena, Montana, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Marisa Silver is the author of Little Nothing, Mary Coin, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Bookseller’s Award, and an NPR and BBC Best Book of the Year, Alone with You, The God of War, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, No Direction Home, and Babe in Paradise, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Her short fiction first appeared in The New Yorker when she was featured in the inaugural Debut Fiction issue.  Her stories, criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and other publications. In 2017, Silver was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts.