Author Briallen Hopper in Conversation with Karen Rile

Friday  5 April  2019  6:30 PM    Friday  5 April  2019 8:00 PM
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Briallen Hopper is the editor of the religion and culture magazine Killing the Buddha, and she teaches writing at Queens College, City University of New York, and holds a PhD in English from Princeton. She is widely published---one of her most well-known essays is “On Spinsters” at the LA Review of Books. Learn more at her website,
My first book, Hard to Love, is an easy-to-love collection of essays about love and friendship. It arrives on February 5, but you can preorder it now!
Here’s what some early readers have to say about it:
Hopper’s essays seem like love songs . . . delicate, thoughtful elegies to friendship, compassion, and grace. A fresh, well-crafted collection.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The perfect book to give to a friend and read together.” ―Nylon
“A refreshing collection that probes the expanse of the human heart.” ―BookPage
“A compelling, smart collection of essays on relationships of many kinds―hoarding, dependence, female friendship, marriage or lack thereof―from a widely published literary scholar.” ―Lit Hub
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Store seating is first-come, first-served. To join the signing line, we ask that you purchase a copy of the book from Shakespeare & Co. (available at the event). Please note there is no elevator access to our mezzanine/event floor.
Karen Rile is the author of Winter Music, a novel set in Philadelphia, and numerous works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines such as The Southern Review, American Writing, Creative Nonfiction, The Land Grant College Review, Other Voices, Superstition Review, Bosque, and Apiary, and has been shortlisted among The Best American Short Stories.

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