Award-winning author Christine Sneed will make two appearances in Traverse City on Sunday, August 2. She will present a fiction writing craft talk on the topic of “Celebrity, and Writing About Contemporary Culture” from 2:30-3:30 pm at Minerva’s at the Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State, Traverse City, MI. The talk is free to Michigan Writers members. There is a $10 fee for non-members.

And from 4:00-6:00 pm she will be signing her new book, Paris, He Said at Horizon Books, 243 Front Street.This event is free and open to the public.

“… Paris, He Said is about more than the ­double-edged sword of open ­relationships. The book’s true heart lies closer to the potentially even more discomfiting subject of ambition, and it is this focus that elevates Paris, He Said – from merely an entertaining novel about a near-universal fantasy to a serious ­exploration of how one manages the hunger for recognition and success, and why one might harbor ambivalence about that aspect of oneself.”                                                            —New York Times Book Review

More about her new book, Paris, He Said
Artist Jayne Marks is questioning the choices she has made in the years since college. She is working two jobs to pay her bills in Manhattan, and worst of all, she isn’t painting. Suddenly she’s given the opportunity to move to Paris with her older wealthy lover and benefactor, Laurent Moller, who owns and operates two art galleries, one in New York, and the other in Paris. He offers her the time and financial support she needs to launch her career as a painter and also challenges her to see who and what she will become if she meets her artistic potential. Laurent, however, seems to have other women in his life and Jayne, too, realizes she still has feelings for an ex-boyfriend, closer to her own age. Bringing Paris gloriously to life, this is a novel about desire, ambition, beauty and its appreciation, and of finding yourself presented with the things you believe you’ve always wanted, only to wonder where true happiness lies.

About the Author
Christine Sneed’s story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry won the Grace Paley Prize, Ploughshares’ John C. Zacharis Prize, and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Her debut novel Little Known Facts won the Society of Midland Authors award for best adult fiction and Booklist named it a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2013. Sneed earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

A resident of Evanston, IL, she teaches at Northwestern University and at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.