Join us for an evening of conversation celebrating local Austin writer Anna Bliss's debut novel, BONFIRE NIGHT with Stephen Harrigan. Tickets include a copy of the book and a reserved seat.
Set before and during World War II, this moving, intricately wrought historical novel brings together a young Irish Catholic photographer and a British Jewish medical student, each discovering the price of love, art, and ambition.
Anna Bliss has an MA in Literature and Visual Culture from the University of Sussex, where she wrote her dissertation on women’s narratives of the London Blitz during World War II. An alumna of the juried Northern California Writers’ Retreat, she also has studied at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Social Welfare, the American Jewish University, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Her professional background includes over ten years in marketing and arts administration. Bonfire Night is her first novel.
STEPHEN HARRIGAN’s previous novels include the New York Times best-selling The Gates of the Alamo, Remember Ben Clayton (which, among other awards, won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for best historical novel), and A Friend of Mr. Lincoln. He has also written a number of nonfiction books, including the recent Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas, and a career-spanning collection of essays, The Eye of the Mammoth. He is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, as well as a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Tickets are not required for entry, but ticket holders get first priority for seating.