On Thursday, November 16, the Creative Writing Program welcomes novelist and short story writer Hannah Tinti to campus for a reading and discussion of her work. A meet-and-greet reception for Tinti takes place 7 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Her presentation follows at 7:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public.
Tinti’s short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, was published in March 2017. The Washington Post described the book as “the ancient myth of Hercules—the plot of all plots—re-engineered into a modern-day wonder” and labeled it “a master class in literary suspense.”
Tinti has worked at bookstores, magazines, publishing houses, and literary agencies. In 2002 she co-founded the award-winning magazine One Story and for 14 years was acting Editor in Chief. She is now Executive Editor. In 2009 she received the PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing, and in 2014 One Story won the AWP Prize for Best Small Press. In 2011, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator, interviewing authors and actors about the importance of literature and reading.
Tinti is also a celebrated teacher of creative writing. She co-founded the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy with Dani Shapiro, Michael Maren, and Antonio & Carla Sersale. She has taught writing at New York University's Graduate Creative Writing Program, Columbia University's MFA program, CUNY, and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
In the afternoon before her public appearance at Mason, Tinti will lead a workshop with MFA students in Mason’s creative writing program.
November 13, 2017