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The Writing Seminars Presents: Jessica Anya Blau, Jane Delury and Rahul Kanakia

Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars

Jessica Anya Blau is the nationally best-selling author of four novels: The Summer of Naked Swim Parties--which was named a Top Summer Read by “The Today Show,” The New York Post, and New York Magazine--Drinking Closer to Home, The Wonder Bread Summer and, most recently, The Trouble with Lexie, the jaw-dropping story of Lexie James, a counselor at an exclusive New England prep school, whose search for happiness lands her in unexpectedly wild trouble. The perfect cocktail of naughtiness, heart, adventure and humor, The Trouble with Lexie is a wild and poignant story of the choices we make to outrun our childhoods—and the choices we have to make to outrun our entangled adult lives.

Jessica was born in Boston and raised in Southern California. She earned a BA in French from the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars Masters program, she has taught at Johns Hopkins.

She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children.

In her debut novel, The Balcony, Jane Delury writes with masterful economy and profound wisdom about growing up, growing old, marriage, infidelity, motherhood - in other words, about life - weaving a gorgeous tapestry of relationships, life-altering choices, and fleeting moments across the frame of the twentieth century. A sumptuous narrative of place that burrows deep into individual lives to reveal hidden regrets, resentments, and desires, The Balcony is brimming with compassion, natural beauty, and unmistakable humanity.

Jane Delury grew up in Sacramento, California and attended UC Santa Cruz. Following several years in France, she moved to Baltimore to study fiction in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Her short stories have appeared in Narrative, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, Glimmer Train, Five Points, and other publications. She has received a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Special Mention, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Award, a VCCA fellowship, and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. She holds a BA in English and French literature from UCSC, a maîtrise from the University of Grenoble, and an MA from the Writing Seminars. She is an associate professor of creative writing and English at the University of Baltimore, where she chairs the School of Communications Design.

In Enter Title Here, Rahul Kanakia's wholly unique, wickedly funny debut novel, he consciously uses the rules of storytelling-and then breaks them to pieces. Reshma Kapoor is a college counselor's dream: the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all. What's a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can't always go as planned, and she’ll learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success.

Rahul Kanakia's short stories have been published in Clarkesworld, The Indiana Review, Lightspeed, and Nature. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins, and a BA in economics from Stanford. Rahul lives in San Francisco, California, where he works as an international development consultant.






Event Details

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00pm


Johns Hopkins University – Mudd Auditorium, Homewood Campus
3400 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

by Dr. Radut