University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Ambitious Undertakings

Jami Attenberg, Aja Gabel and Bruce Holsinger come to Tucson with three distinctly different novels—featuring memorably different characters—all feeling the consequences of their own personal ambition. What moved the authors to chart these particular journeys? Do they consider themselves ambitious? Let's ask!

Jami Attenberg

Jamie Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Longreads and others. Her debut collection of stories, "Instant Love," was published in 2006, followed by the novels "The Kept Man" and "The Melting Season....

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Aja Gabel

Aja Gabel's debut novel, "The Ensemble," quickly established her as a rising star. Gabel was an accomplished musician before becoming a writer, and her book features the ongoing connections between four members of a chamber music quartet....

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Bruce Holsinger

Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Va., and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author most recently of "The Gifted School," hailed by The New York Times as "a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class" and by The Wall Street Journal as the “novel that predicted the college admissions scandal....

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