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Annie Hartnett

Unlikely Animals

Annie Hartnett is the author of novels Rabbit Cake and Unlikely Animals. 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 and 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.  

In the darkly comic novel Unlikely Animals, Emma Starling returns to her small hometown in New Hampshire to care for her father, who is dying from a mysterious brain disease. Her dad has been hallucinating small animals, as well as having visions of the ghost of a long-dead naturalist, Ernest Harold Baynes, once known for letting wild animals live in his house. This ghost has been giving him some ideas on how to spend his final days. 

October 22, 2:30 - 3:30pm, Saturday

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GennaRose Nethercott + Annie Hartnett

In Thistlefoot, the Yaga siblings have been estranged since childhood. But when they receive a mysterious inheritance from their twice-great-grandmother near Kyiv, the two reunite—only to discover that their bequest isn’t land or money, but something far stranger: a sentient house on chicken legs. In the tradition of modern fairytales comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore and Jewish myth—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story.

In the darkly comic novel Unlikely Animals, Emma Starling returns to her small hometown in New Hampshire to care for her father, who is dying from a mysterious brain disease. Her dad has been hallucinating small animals, as well as having visions of the ghost of a long-dead naturalist, once known for letting wild animals live in his house. This ghost has been giving him some ideas on how to spend his final days.

Bonus: Panel will include a shadow puppet show.

Ron Robinson Theater, 2:30-3:30 p.m.