Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties That Bind: Ayana Mathis & Justin Torres (2014)

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On February 4, 2014 authors Ayana Mathis and Justin Torres, graduates of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, read from their debut novels from the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre stage in Survival Instincts: First-time Novelists on the Ties That Bind: Ayana Mathis & Justin Torres, as part of the PEN/Faulkner reading series. A reception and book signing followed the reading.

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel and a New York Times Bestseller, was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. She lives and writes in Brooklyn.

Justin Torres

Justin Torres is a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. His first novel, We the Animals, was described in Vanity Fair as “a gorgeous, howling coming-of-age novel that will devour your heart." His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, and Glimmer Train. He is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.