An Evening with Annie Hartnett, Author of Rabbit Cake


We're thrilled to be hosting Annie Hartnett, author of the incredible debut novel, RABBIT CAKE, from Tin House Books. After her reading, she will have a discussion with Aram Mrjoian, from Book Riot and the Chicago Review of Books.

Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss. 

Annie is a 2013 graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alabama, a 2011 graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English, and a 2008 graduate of Hamilton College. Annie was the 2013-2014 Writer-in-Residence for the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She currently teaches classes on the novel and the short story at Grub Street, an independent writing center in Boston. 

She is at work on her second novel, DRIVER'S ED, which is a darkly-comic story about a sex crime in a small town. Annie is represented by Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates, Inc. She lives in Providence, RI with her husband and their border collie. 

Aram Mrjoian is a contributor at Book Riot and the Chicago Review of Books. His writing has appeared in many other publications, including Colorado Review, Gigantic Sequins, TriQuarterly, Tahoma Literary Review, Necessary Fiction, The Adroit Journal blog, and The Masters Review. He is currently working toward his MFA in creative writing at Northwestern University, where he is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly.

Event starts at 7pm and is free and open to the public!

Rabbit Cake Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

Event date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unabridged Books, Inc.
3251 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657