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Saturday, October 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Saturday Morning Mainstage

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Hosted by Kevin R Free & Meg Bashwiner

  • Why Stories Matter - John Green
  • Rapid-Fire Q&A - John Scalzi, John Moe, Stephanie Perkins, Lev Grossman, Joseph Fink, Mara Wilson, Tea Obreht, Rainbow Rowell, the Giant Squidstravaganza
  • Musical Performance - Steven Brust
  • Poetry Reading - Kevin R Free, Jeffrey Cranor, Dessa Darling
  • Why Stories Matter - Dylan Marron

Featured Guests
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Meg Bashwiner

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, board member and co-artistic director with the New York Neo-Futurists known for their long running, always changing show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Her voice can be heard on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, she is the Emcee and plays the role of "Deb" in the touring Welcome to Night Vale live show. Her writing and performance is featured in a upcoming episode of the WNYC podcast Selected... Read More →
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Steven Brust

Steven Brust, PJF, is an author notable enough to meet Wikipedia's standards for an entry, yet not impersonated often enough to be verified by Twitter. He has published more than 20 novels and has had the honor of collaborating with Megan Lindholm, Emma Bull, and Skyler White. His books are awesome, but like a true man of letters, his talents are numerous. Steve can also play drum and guitar, and he can sing. He has a solo album out and plays... Read More →
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Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor is coauthor of the podcast (and forthcoming novel) Welcome to Night Vale. He also co-creates dance pieces with choreographer/wife Jillian Sweeney and super-short theater pieces with the New York Neo-Futurists. He lives in New York.
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Dessa Darling

Dessa is a rapper, writer, speaker, and a proud member of the Minneapolis hip hop collective, Doomtree. The Utne Reader calls her, “A one-woman powerhouse…with a literary sensibility and an aversion to genre clichés.” Her most recent album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #76 on the Billboard charts. | | As a writer she’s published two collections. Spiral Bound is mostly essays; A Pound of Steam is poetry. (Odds... Read More →
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Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge is a professional wizard impersonator. He works closely with his brother Paul on many endeavors, one of which is the Cephalopodcast.  Joe's interests include but are not limited to punk stuff, saxophone, and Marxism. Currently Joe is accepting submissions for a zine analyzing the major motion picture "Minions" as a collectivist narrative against the backdrop of of global capitalism and materialism that it exists in. If... Read More →
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Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, and the co-author of the about to be released Welcome to Night Vale novel.
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Kevin R. Free

Kevin R. Free addicted to pop culture, and most of his stories and plays, which have been showcased on the Moth Radio Hour, The Soundtrack Series, The Where Project, The Drama League Directors' Lab, Loft 27, The Fire This Time Festival, and The New Black Fest, reflect that. His full-length plays are Face Value (Semi-Finalist, Mill Mountain Theatre Playwright Competition, 2003); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene... Read More →
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John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother... Read More →
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Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, as well as a couple of other novels that didn't sell quite as well as those did. The Magicians books are currently being turned into a TV series that will air on Syfy next year. Grossman is also the book critic for Time magazine and a widely published cultural commentator -- he's written essays for Wired, the Believer, Salon, Slate, the New York Times, the Wall Street... Read More →
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Dylan Marron

Dylan Marron is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' and he plays Ari on the critically acclaimed web series 'Whatever this is.' He is the co-creator and performer of 'Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite', a 17-character middle school talent show, in which he and Jo Firestone play every role. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists... Read More →
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John Moe

John Moe is the author of three books including the new The Deleted Emails of Hillary Clinton. He has hosted the national public radio shows Wits, Marketplace Tech Report, and Weekend America as well as co-hosting the popular Adventure Time podcast, Conversation Parade. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies and The New York Times Magazine.
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Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht's debut novel The Tiger’s Wife won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire and The Guardian. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. In 2013, she was the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellow... Read More →
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Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times and international bestselling author of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, as well as the editor of the YA anthologies MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about teens and adults -- some of whom have magic powers, all of whom talk too much. She wrote Eleanor & Park. And most recently, Carry on. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and sons.
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John Scalzi

John Scalzi writes science fiction. He like pie. HE BREATHES FIRE. One of these previous statements is false. Which one might surprise you.
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Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Main Auditorium

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