Prairie Lights Online | Andrew Ridker in conversation with Lee Cole

Please join us on Zoom with Writers' Workshop alums Andrew Ridker and Lee Cole, who will talk about Ridker's new novel, Hope. Cathi Hanauer of The New York Times Book Review calls Hope “Riotous. ... Franzen-esque. ... Hilarious ... impeccably written. ... His comic assurance ... is reminiscent of Meg Wolitzer. ... Ridker[’s] characters make mistakes, but they pay the price, recover and grow. ... [T]hey soldier on and try not to lose hope. Just as we hold ours that this talented writer will keep gifting us with his intelligent, bighearted, spew-your-gefilte-fish-funny novels.” REGISTER HERE!

Andrew Ridker's debut novel, The Altruists, was a New York Times Editors' Choice, a Paris Review Staff Pick, and a People Book of the Week. It was translated into more than a dozen languages. He is the editor of Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Le Monde, and Bookforum, among other publications. 

Lee Cole was born and grew up in rural Kentucky. He's a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was awarded a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship. His debut novel, Groundskeeping, was released by Knopf in 2022.

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