FICTIONAL HISTORIES
Laurel Book Store: 12:15—1:15pm

Four acclaimed fiction writers from Stanford's Stegner Fellowship Program discuss their recent books with critic and author Jane Ciabattari. This panel focuses on historical fiction: Hummel's Motherland re-imagines the nightmare of WWII on the German home front, while Antopol's The UnAmericans takes on the legacy of the Red Scare, and McGriff and Tyree's Our Secret Life in the Movies explores the paranoia of the Reagan era.

MOLLY ANTOPOL’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. The book was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the California Book Award. She’s the recipient of a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, where she currently teaches.

MARIA HUMMEL is the author of the novel Motherland, an SF Chronicle Best Book of 2014, and the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New England ReviewNarrative, The SunThe New York Times, and the centenary anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. She teaches at Stanford University.

MICHAEL MCGRIFF is the author of two volumes of poetry, Dismantling the Hills, winner of the 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize of the University of Pittsburgh Press, and Home Burial. His many honors include a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, and support from the National Arts Endowment. His newest book is a collaboration with J.M. Tyree, Our Secret Life in the Movies.

J.M. TYREE is an associate editor of The New England Review and the coauthor (with Michael McGriff) of Our Secret Life in the Movies (A Strange Object), an NPR Best Book of 2014. His writing has appeared in the BFI Film Classics series of books from the British Film Institute, as well as in Lapham’s Quarterly, Sight & Sound, Film Quarterly, and The Believer. He will be the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Cinema Program at VCU’s School of the Arts for 2015-2016.

JANE CIABATTARI (moderator) is author of the short story collections California Tales and Stealing the Fire. She is vice president/online of the National Book Critics Circle (and a former NBCC President), a book columnist for BBC.com, and also contributes to NPR.org, the Daily Beast, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times Book Review. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and on the advisory board of The Story Prize.