The Finishers: Clare Beams, Tessa Fontaine, Annie Hartnett, and Rufi Thorpe all together at once!

This is not a drill! We are actually hosting all four of these amazing writers at once! You CANNOT miss this! Clare Beams, Tessa Fontaine, Annie Hartnett, and Rufi Thorpe comprise a writing group called The Finishers and they are taking the group on the road this summer. Join us to hear about their books and how they support each other in the writing process (lol they're not like other writing groups they're a cool writing group)!


Clare Beams is the author of the novel The Illness Lesson and the story collection We Show What We Have Learned, which won the Bard Prize and was a Kirkus Best Debut of 2016, as well as a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. With her husband and two daughters, she lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Her latest novel is The Garden.

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a best book of the year by Southern LivingRefinery29, and the New York Post. Her writing can be found in OutsideGlamourAgni, and The Believer. She has been a sideshow performer, a shoe saleswoman, and a professor, and she taught for years in jails and prisons. She cofounded and runs the Accountability Workshops with the writer Annie Hartnett. Raised among the redwoods of Northern California, she now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, goofy dog, and sassy cat. Her latest book is a novel entitled The Red Grove.

Annie Hartnett is the author of Rabbit Cake, which was listed as one of Kirkus Reviews's Best Books of 2017 and a finalist for the New England Book Award. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She studied philosophy at Hamilton College, has an MA from Middlebury College, and an MFA from the University of Alabama. When she began writing Unlikely Animals, she was living in the groundskeeper's house in a cemetery. She now lives in a small town in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and darling border collie, Mr. Willie Nelson.

Rufi Thorpe is the author of The Knockout Queen, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award; Dear Fang, with Love; and The Girls from Corona del Mar, which was long-listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. A native of California, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. Her latest novel is Margo's Got Money Troubles, which has already been optioned for TV.


Event date: 
Sunday, July 21, 2024 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
EXETER, NH 03833
Margo's Got Money Troubles: A Novel By Rufi Thorpe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063356580
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Published: William Morrow - June 11th, 2024

Unlikely Animals: A Novel By Annie Hartnett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593160244
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2023

The Garden: A Novel By Clare Beams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548182
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Published: Doubleday - April 9th, 2024

The Red Grove: A Novel By Tessa Fontaine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374605810
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 14th, 2024