Previous Events


Granta Magazine – Reading
“Exit Strategies”
with Chinelo Okparanta
Friday February 10
7:30 pm
Women and Children First Bookstore
5233 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
AWP Conference – Chicago
Friday, March 2, Noon-1:15 pm
“Works in Progress, A Mixed Tape”
with Ken Chen, Don Lee, Prageeta Sharma
Marquette, Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor

Friday, March 2, 4:30pm to 5:45pm
“Finding Home – Immigrant Voices in American Literature
with Stuart Dybek and Aleksandar Hemon
International Ballroom South, Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor

Story Week Festival – Panelist
“The Female Voice in Contemporary Literature”
Tuesday, March 20
with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Samuel Park, Christine Sneed
Chicago Public Library
Young Author Festival – Panelist
“Publishing Panel”
Saturday, April 7
2:30 pm
Columbia College Chicago
F Word Conference – Reading
Friday, April 13
8:00 pm
Columbia College Chicago
Sunday Salon Chicago – Reading
Sunday, April 29
8:00 pm
with Augustus Rose
University of Chicago – Visiting Author
Emerging Writer Series
Wednesday May 2
University of Chicago
Printers Row – Reading, panel
with Alex Shakar and Donna Seaman
Saturday, June 9
3 pm
University Center / River Room
525 South State Street, Chicago
Cleveland State University – Visiting Faculty
Imagination Conference
June 26th – June 30th
Cleveland State University campus
Hamline University – Visiting Faculty
Hamline Summer Writing Workshop
July 22nd – July 27th
St. Olaf College campus

DePaul University – Reading
Sept. 20th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Richardson Library, Room 115
Carl Sandburg Literary Award – Chicago Public Library
Award Ceremony  – Accepting the 21st Century Award
Wednesday, October 17
More info TBA


GRANTA Launch Party in Chicago – Thursday, February 24th, 7 p.m
With Chris Dennis and Nami Mun. Hosted by Stuart Dybek.
Barbara’s Bookstore at UIC
1218 South Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

UNC Greensboro – Thursday, March 24th, 7pm
UNCG Faculty Center

Mission Creek Festival – Saturday, April 2nd, 3pm
The Mill, in Iowa City, Iowa
With GRANTA writers, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Percy, Dora Malech

Northwestern University Spring Writers Festival – Tuesday, April 12th
Reading: 5:00 PM, Hilton Orrington / Hinman Auditorium, 9th floor
Festival also featuring Maureen McLane (poetry) and David Shields (non-fiction)

Bear River Conference – Thursday, June 2nd – Monday, June 6th
Reading, Short Story Workshop

Beijing, China – University of Iowa’s International Writing Program – Friday, June 25 – July 4th
in conjunction with China’s Writers’ Association

Granta 116: Ten Year Later – Chicago
Thursday, September 8th, 7pm
Barbara’s Bookstore
1218 S Halsted Street, Chicago
With Granta 116 contributors Nuruddin Farah and Anthony Shadid and novelists Aleksander Hemon and Nami Mun. Free

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 18th
“The Family Undone”
Roxana Robinson (Cost), Stefan Merrill Block (The Storm at the Door), Dawn Raffel(Further Adventures in the Restless Universe), and Nami Mun (Miles from Nowhere) read brief selections from their work and discuss family life gone awry in their fiction. Moderated by Noreen Tomassi, The Center for Fiction.

Women’s Voices Weekend – Chicago
Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16
Saturday – Writing workshops with celebrated writers Dorothy Allison, Nami Mun, Achy Obejas, and Esther Hershenhorn.
*Enrollment is limited. Register with Women and Children First Bookstore.
Sunday – readings, Q&A with our featured writers moderated by
Booklist Sr. Editor and WBEZ book critic Donna Seaman.
Women and Children: 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago

Alliance of Artist Communities, 20th Anniversary Conference – Chicago
Thursday, October 20th
Supporting a Creative Practice: Solitude, Solidarity, and Social Engagement
With David Macy Resident Director of The MacDowell Colony; Esteban Del Valle, painter; Laura Jacqmin, playwright; Nami Mun, author

Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Thursday, October 27th, 4pm


McGill University – Monday, March 22nd
4:00 pm
3520 University Street
Birks Building, Room 203
Montreal, Canada

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop – Thursday, March 25th
7:00 pm
with Sonya Chung
The Workshop Space
16 West 32nd Street, Tenth Floor, (btwn. Broadway & Fifth Ave.)
New York, NY

Girls Write Now – Friday, March 26th
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street (btwn. 5th Ave & Madison)
New York, New York

AWP 2010 Denver – Friday, April 9th
3:00 – 4:15pm
Panel: “MFA Thesis to First Novel”
Colorado Convention Center, Street Level
Room 108

AWP 2010 Denver – Saturday, April 10th
4:30 to 5:45 pm
Panel/Reading: “The Iowa Review at Forty”
Colorado Convention Center, Street Level
Room 203

Book Cellar – Wednesday, May 19th
7:00 pm
4736 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2089
(773) 293-2665

Calabash International Literary Festival – May 28th – May 30th
Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference – August 11th – 21st
Middlebury, Vermont
Workshop, craft lecture, reading

University of Georgia, Athens – October 4th
8:00 pm
VOX Reading Series
Cine (Bar, Cafe, Cinema)
234 West Hancock Avenue
downtown Athens, GA

Emerging Fiction Writers Festival – October 13th – 15th
University of Cincinnati

Panel – State of Contemporary Fiction
Thursday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m.
400C Tangeman University Center

Reading – with Kevin Wilson
Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
427 Engineering Research Center

Panel – Realism and Experimentalism
Friday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m.
400C Tangeman University Center

The Sexy Nerd Party: Page Turner Kick-Off Benefit – Saturday, November 6th, 8-11pm
Featuring drinks, music, dancing and guest appearances by Tao Lin, Richard Price, Lorraine Adams, Nami Mun, Karan Mahajan, and others.
Chambers Fine Arts, 522 West 19th Street, NY, NY
$40 entry / $60 for two

Page Turner / AAWW Festival, New York – November 7th
powerHouse Books in DUMBO
More info TBA

Columbia College Library / Signature Showcase – November 9th
Chicago, IL
Reading, Q&A
more info TBA


January 2, 2009 – US Release of Miles from Nowhere

PORTLAND – Monday, January 5, 2009
7:30 PM
1005 West Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
Tel. 503-228-4651

SEATTLE – Tuesday, January 6, 2009
7:30 PM
Elliott Bay Book Company
101 South Main Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel. 206-682-6664

SAN FRANCISCO – Wednesday, January 7, 2009
6:00 PM
Book Passage
San Francisco Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building, #42
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel. 415-835-1020

LOS ANGELES – Thursday, January 8, 2009
7:30 PM
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel. 323-525-0270

CHICAGO – Friday, January 9, 2009
7:00 PM
Borders Chicago
2817 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel. 773-935-3909

NEW YORK – Monday, January 12, 2009
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren Street (at Greenwich Street)
New York, NY 10007
Tel. 212-587-3185

AUSTIN – Tuesday, January 13, 2009
7:00 PM
Book People
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
Tel. 512-472-5050

DENVER – Wednesday, January 14, 2009
7:30 PM
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
Tel. 303-322-7727

January 15, 2009 – UK Release of Miles from Nowhere

EDINA, MN – Thursday, January 15, 2009
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Edina
3225 West 69th Street
Edina, MN 55435
Tel. 952-920-0633

ATLANTA – Monday, January 19, 2009
7:00 PM
A Cappella Books
484 C Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Tel. 404-681-5128

ANN ARBOR – Tuesday, January 20, 2009
7:00 PM
Shaman Drum Bookshop
311-315 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tel: 734-662-7407

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Wednesday, January 21, 2009
7:00 PM
Harvard Bookstore
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel. 617-497-1158

CHICAGO – Thursday, February 12, 2009
4:30 PM
AWP Conference and Bookfair
University of Michigan MFA Alumni Reading
(with Sean Norton, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Patrick O’Keeffe, Jason Bredle and others)
Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Lake Erie Room, 8th Floor, R201
Tel. 312-922-4400

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – Thursday, February 26, 2009
7:30 PM
Purdue University Visiting Writers Series
Sycamore Review / Department of English
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Tel. 765-494-3740

AMHERST, MA – Thursday, March 12, 2009
8:00 pm
Amherst College Writing Center’s Visiting Writers Series
Amherst Books
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Tel. 413-256-1547

CHICAGO – Wednesday, March 18, 2009
3:00 pm
Story Week
Panel: Writing on the Edge, Beyond the Mainstream
with Lydia Millet, Drew Ferguson, and Richard Price
Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
More info TBA

Thursday, March 19, 2009
6:00 pm
Story Week
Reading: Literary Rock & Roll
with Lydia Millet and Richard Price
Metro – 3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(Two blocks North of Wrigley Field)
Phone: 773-549-0203
Fax: 773-549-0337

Oakton Community College – Tuesday April 7, 2009
Des Plaines, IL

Sonoma Academy – Friday May 8, 2009
Petaluma, CA

Wright State University – Thursday May 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m
163A Student Union
Dayton, Ohio
937. 775. 3136
Free and open to the public

The Arts Club of Chicago – Tuesday May 26th, 11:30 am
Conversation with Elizabeth Taylor
Chicago Tribune Magazine Editor and Books Editor
201 E. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.787.3997
(members only event)

Broadway Youth Center – Tuesday May 26th, 6pm
3179 N. Broadway (near Belmont)
(open only to BYC members)

Printer’s Row – Saturday June 6th, 1:30 pm
University Center / River Room 
with Kyle Beachy, moderated by Tony Romano
525 S. State Street
Chicago, IL

Happy Ending Music and Reading Series – Saturday, June 6th, 7pm
with Joe Meno and Arthur Phillips
Musical guest: Daniel Knox
Host: Ben Greenman
The Charleston
2076 N. Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, IL

Orange Prize Reading and Ceremony
June 1st, 6:30 pm
Orange Award for New Writers Short List Event
with Anne Michaels
Southbank Centre, London

Orange Prize Award Ceremony
June 3rd
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
More info TBA

American Library Association – Friday July 10, 6PM
Many Voices, One Nation
Performances by Hooked on Drums and George Watsky
Readings by Nami Mun, Janice Harrington, Ed Bok Lee, and Rachel Zucker
Emcee: Jose Aponte
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago State Ballroom
17 East Monroe Street
Chicag0, IL 60603

Printer’s Ball – Friday July 31
Literary Death Match  (Judge)
Ludington Building
1104 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Admission to the Printers’ Ball is free and open to all ages

Paperback Tour

New York – Tuesday, September 1, 2009
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007

Chicago – Wednesday, September 9, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Tel: 773.769.9299

Bay Area – Thursday, September 10, 2009
Books Inc. in ALAMEDA
1344 Park Street
Alameda, California 94501

Milwaukee – Thursday, September 17, 2009
7:00 PM
Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 332-1181

GLIBA – Cleveland / October 2, 2009
More info TBA

Women & Children First  – Saturday, October 3rd
30th Anniversary Gala
The Breakers
5333 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL

Roger Williams University – Wednesday, October 14
Writers on Writing Lecture Series
6:oo pm – 8:00 pm
Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
University Library

University of Louisville – Thursday, October 22
Axton Reading Series
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Bingham Poetry Room, Ekstrom Library
Louisville, KY

Broadway Youth Center – Tuesday October 29th, 
2:00 pm
Writing Workshop
3179 N. Broadway (near Belmont)
(open only to BYC members)

Assistance League of Chicagoland West – Tuesday, November 10, 10am
Books & Brunch
Reading “to raise funds to help disadvantaged families
living in the immediate Chicago area”
The Abbington
Glen Ellyn, IL

US Naval Academy, Friday November 13th
Annapolis, MD
More info TBA

Trinity College – Thursday, November 19
A.K. Smith Reading Series / English Department
4:30 pm
Reese Room, Smith House
Hartford, CT


Oct. 14, 2008 – Reading/Lecture in Bath, England (Bath Spa University)

Oct 1, 2008 – Reading in Prague (Shakespeare and Sons)

Sept. 2008 – Festival America (France)

Sept. 2008 – French release of Miles from Nowhere (translated by Claude Seban)

Sept. 2008 – Miles from Nowhere selected for NAIBA’s “Moveable Feast”

May 2008 – Nami Mun featured on Emerging Voices panel at Book Expo America

May 2008 – Miles from Nowhere featured on “Editor’s Buzz” panel at Book Expo America