Virtual Event: Jen Silverman in conversation with Vauhini Vara

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm

Please join us on Zoom for this Prairie Lights Virtual Event with Jen Silverman and Vauhini Vara:  Register HERE!

Iowa Playwrights Workshop alum Jen Silverman will read from and talk about their new book, There's Going to Be Trouble, with Writers’ Workshop alum Vauhini Vara.  "Jen Silverman's remarkable new book is a thrilling journey through two generations of protest--the riotous streets of modern-day Paris, and the campus sit-ins of the Vietnam era--brilliantly weaving together the stories of two people separated by decades but confronting the same question: What happens when affairs of the heart collide with affairs of the state? This is an exhilarating novel of star-crossed romances and radical politics, with writing so evocative I swear I could smell the tear gas." --Nathan Hill

Author/playwright Jen Silverman is the author of a novel We Play Ourselves, a Lambda Literary Award finalist; the story collection The Island Dwellers, longlisted for a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction; and the poetry chapbook Bath. Silverman’s plays include: Spain; Highway Patrol; Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties; The Moors; The Roommate; and Witch. Their plays have been produced off-Broadway (Second Stage Theatre, MCC Theater, The Playwrights Realm), across the US (Steppenwolf, The Goodman, The Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Writers Theatre etc), and internationally in Australia, the UK, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, and elsewhere. They wrote The Miranda Obsession as a narrative podcast for Audible, starring Rachel Brosnahan. They also write for TV and film, including Tales of the City (Netflix) and Tokyo Vice (Max). Their honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Vauhini Vara is a journalist, editor, novelist, short story writer, essayist, and playwright.  She has been a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine, and is the author of the novel The Immortal King Rao, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Vara’s story collection, This is Salvaged was named by The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, Vox, and the New York Public Library as a notable book of the year, was longlisted for The Story Prize and, in India, won the Kalinga Literary Festival Fiction Book Award. Vara is also the author of a play, Ghost Variations — a stage adaptation of her essay “Ghosts” — which was selected to be performed as part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’s 2024 Colorado New Play Summit. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Event address: 
Iowa City, IA 52240
There's Going to Be Trouble: A Novel By Jen Silverman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593448359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - April 9th, 2024

A woman is pulled into a love affair with a radical activist, unknowingly echoing her family’s dangerous past and risking the foundations of her future in this electrifying novel.