Ishmael Reed, Joseph Cassara, Charlie Jane Anders and Dave Eggers - Fourteen Days (Ferry Building Event)

A special event with The Authors Guild:
Ishmael Reed, Joseph Cassara, Charlie Jane Anders and Dave Eggers
In discussion of

Fourteen Days

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., February 11th, 2024 • 2:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

A special event presented in partnership with The Authors Guild.

This amazing collaborative novel is set in a NY tenement at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. It features the writing of over 35 famous Guild authors.

Proceeds support the work of the Authors Guild Foundation.

Set in a Lower East Side tenement in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Fourteen Days is an irresistibly propulsive collaborative novel from the Authors Guild, with an unusual twist: each character in this diverse, eccentric cast of New York neighbors has been secretly written by a different, major literary voice—from Margaret Atwood and Celeste Ng to Tommy Orange and John Grisham.

One week into the COVID-19 shutdown, tenants of a Lower East Side apartment building in Manhattan have begun to gather on the rooftop and tell stories. With each passing night, more and more neighbors gather, bringing chairs and milk crates and overturned pails. Gradually the tenants—some of whom have barely spoken to each other—become real neighbors. In this Decameron-like serial novel, general editors Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston and a star-studded list of contributors create a beautiful ode to the people who couldn’t escape when the pandemic hit. A dazzling, heartwarming, and ultimately surprising narrative, Fourteen Days reveals how beneath the horrible loss and suffering, some communities managed to become stronger.

Includes writing from: Charlie Jane Anders, Margaret Atwood, Joseph Cassara, Jennine Capó Crucet, Angie Cruz, Pat Cummings, Sylvia Day, Emma Donoghue, Dave Eggers, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, John Grisham, Maria Hinojosa, Mira Jacob, Erica Jong, CJ Lyons, Celeste Ng, Tommy Orange, Mary Pope Osborne, Douglas Preston, Alice Randall, Ishmael Reed, Roxana Robinson, Nelly Rosario, James Shapiro, Hampton Sides, R.L. Stine, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Monique Truong, Scott Turow, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rachel Vail, Weike Wang, Caroline Randall Williams, De’Shawn Charles Winslow, and Meg Wolitzer!


Author of more than thirty published books to date, Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, essayist. playwright, and songwriter. He has received prizes in every category. He is also a publisher, editor of anthologies and magazines, television producer, public media commentator, composer, cartoonist, teacher, and lecturer. His twelfth and newest novel, The Terrible Fours, the third in his “Terribles” series, was published by Baraka Books of Montreal in June 2021.


Joseph Cassara is the author of the novel The House of Impossible Beauties (Ecco, 2018), which won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, two International Latino Book Awards, the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Fiction Book, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction. His next novel, about the artist Grant Wood, will be published by Ecco in 2026.
He holds degrees from Columbia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MacDowell, the Sewanee
Writers’ Conference, The Studios of Key West, and California Humanities.
Currently, he serves as the George & Judy Marcus Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and Assistant Professor in the MFA program at San Francisco State University.


Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the Unstoppable trilogy: the first two books, Victories Greater Than Death and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, are out now, and the final book, Promises Stronger Than Darkness, comes out April 11, 2023. She’s also the author of the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes, and Never Say You Can’t Survive (August 2021), a book about how to use creative writing to get through hard times. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. She’s won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Lambda Literary, Crawford and Locus Awards. She co-created Escapade, a transgender superhero, for Marvel Comics and wrote her into the long-running New Mutants comic. And she’s currently the science fiction and fantasy book reviewer for the Washington Post. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.


Dave Eggers is the author of many books, among them The Circle--the companion to The Every--and also The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, and What Is the What. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing centers, and of Voice of Witness, an oral history book series that illuminates the stories of those impacted by human rights crises. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the American Book Award.




Author photos courtesy of the publisher.


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Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel By The Authors Guild, Margaret Atwood, Douglas Preston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358616382
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Published: Harper - February 6th, 2024