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Once Upon a Pandemic: Publishing Your Story During a Global Crisis

When: Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Melanie Galvan   312.503.3946

Group: SPS: Special Events

Category: Academic, Fine Arts, Lectures & Meetings


Join Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS) for a conversation between two award-winning authors on writing, publishing fiction during the pandemic, and the role of storytelling in society. The talk features SPS MFA in Prose and Poetry faculty member Lori Rader-Day, author of The Lucky One, and special guest Christopher Coake, author of You Would Have Told Me Not To.



Christopher Coake is the author of the novel You Came Back (2012) and the story collections We’re in Trouble (2005), which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for a first work of fiction, and You Would Have Told Me Not To (2020). In 2007 he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. 

Lori Rader-Day is the author of the crime fiction novels Death at Greenway, The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. Her books have won the Mary Higgins Clark Award and three Anthony Awards, and have been nominated for several other crime fiction awards, including the Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America.  


This event is part of the School of Professional Studies Thought leadership Series, a program of online events featuring a wide range of compelling topics and thoughtfully led conversations throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Melanie Galván at 

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