Author Kathleen Rooney discusses writing process at Literary Tastes

Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (St. Martin’s Press), which was named to the 2018 Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration, will be joining this year’s Literary Tastes panel at ALA’s Annual Conference on Sunday, June 24, 2018 in New Orleans. Rooney joins author Thi Bui and narrator Scott Brick on the panel to discuss their writing (or performance) process, story line development and inspirations. The panel features authors and narrators that have been named to one (and sometimes more) of RUSA’s Best of Lists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and audiobook narration in 2018. Attendees will enjoy breakfast and a book signing immediately following the event.

Booklist’s starred review of her book raved “Rooney’s delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor.”

Narrated by Xe Sands, RUSA’s Listen List chair, Mary Burkey writes, “Sands channels this venerable working girl’s wit with nuance and creates a host of distinct supporting voices, concluding with a conversation between author and narrator.” If listeners liked Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, then they’ll also like:

“The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty. Narrated by Elizabeth McGovern. Penguin Random House Audio.
“The Engagements” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Narrated by Kimberly Farr. Books on Tape.
“The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel” by Melanie Benjamin. Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer. Books on Tape.

Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She has been recognized as one of Newcity Lit‘s “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2016.” Her works have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Rumpus, The Nation, the New York Times Book Review, the Poetry Foundation website, and the Chicago Tribune. Kathleen was named “Best Novelist” by the Chicago Reader in 2017.

A winner of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, she is the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction including, most recently, the novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012), based on the life and work of Weldon Kees and winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize for Poetry, the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010), and the art modeling memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object (University of Arkansas Press, 2009). Her first book is Reading with Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), and her first poetry collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion) won the 2007 Gatewood Prize from the feminist publisher Switchback Books. She is a Senior Professional Lecturer in English at DePaul University in Chicago.

Tickets are available on the ALA Annual Conference website and can be added to your registration at any time. For more information about the event and location, please visit the conference website.


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