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“Get Lit After Work” With Jennifer Haigh & Michelle Hoover

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Boston Literary District hosted **Jennifer Haigh** and **Michelle Hoover** for “Get Lit After Work,” a pop-up literary biergarten in front of the Cheers bar in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. **Jennifer Haigh** will discuss and share excerpts from her latest novel, _Heat & Light_. **Michelle Hoover** will discuss and share excerpts from her latest novel, _Bottomland_.

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her first book, *Mrs. Kimble*, won the 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her second,* Baker Towers*, was a *New York Times* bestseller and won the 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author. Both have been published in nine languages. Other fiction has been published in *Granta*, *Ploughshares*, *Five Points*, *Good Housekeeping* and other places.
Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Grub Street and at Boston University, and her short fiction has been published in numerous collections and literary journals including *Confrontation*, *The Massachusetts Review*, *Prairie Schooner*, and *Best New American Voices*. She has been a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholar and the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and in 2005 she won the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. Called "innovative" by* Poets & Writers* magazine and selected as one of their debut fiction picks of 2010, *The Quickening* explores the lives of two farm women, struggling to carve out a life for themselves and for their families as the Great Depression and the rugged Midwestern land threaten to snatch it from them.*The Quickening* has received a starred review from *Publisher's Weekly*, rare for a debut novel, and bestselling author Margot Livesey has praised Hoover's first work as "such a fully realized, sensually vivid, psychologically intelligent novel that it's hard to believe it is a debut, but it is and a sparkling one."