WNBA Celebrates Reading! A Debut Fiction Panel

  • October 17, 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 247 W 36th St 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018
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  • Free

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WNBA Celebrates Reading!

A Debut Fiction Panel


WNBA-NYC Celebrates Reading

Thursday, October 17th from 6:30-8:30pm at 247 W 36th St., 6th Floor, New York, NY

Three debut fiction authors - Rabeah Ghaffari, Stephanie Jimenez, and Melissa Rivero - will discuss their books and the experiences they've had being published for the first time, all moderated by agent Julia Kardon. With books published by Catapult, Little A, and Ecco, each author had a different experience of the publishing process. Come hear about their books, their journeys, and the things that have surprised them along the way.

Appetizers and drinks will be served at the event.

Books will be available for purchase!


Rabeah Ghaffari, To Keep the Sun Alive

Stephanie Jimenez, They Could Have Named Her Anything

Melissa Rivero, The Affairs of the Falcóns


Julia Kardon, HSG Agency

Rabeah Ghaffari was born in Iran and lives in New York City. She is a filmmaker and writer whose work has appeared in the Tribeca Film Festival. Her collaborative fiction with artist Shirin Neshat was featured in Reflections on Islamic Art (Bloomsbury/Qatar) and her documentary, The Troupe, featured Tony Kushner and received funding from the Ford Foundation and Lincoln Center. Her most recent feature-length screenplay, The Inheritors, was commissioned by producer/costume designer Patricia Field. To Keep the Sun Alive is her first novel.

To Keep the Sun Alive: A cinematic debut about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979.

Stephanie Jimenez is a former Fulbright recipient. She is based in Queens, New York. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Guardian, O! the Oprah Magazine, Joyland Magazine, The New York Times, and more. Her debut novel, They Could Have Named Her Anything, was published on August 1, 2019 (Little A).

They Could Have Named Her Anything: Racism, class, and betrayal collide in this poignant debut novel about restoring the broken bonds of family and friendship.

Melissa Rivero was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn. A former Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction, she is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. She currently works as in-house legal counsel at a startup. Melissa still lives in Brooklyn with her family. The Affairs of the Falcóns is her first novel.

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A stunning debut novel about a young undocumented Peruvian woman fighting to keep her family afloat in New York City.

Julia Kardon was born and raised in New York City. Her first job in publishing, while in high school, was shelving fiction at the fabled Strand Bookstore. After receiving degrees in Comparative Literature, as well as in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago, she moved to Prague to teach English for a year. Julia then returned to New York to restart her career in publishing. She joined HSG in 2018 after building a list at Mary Evans Inc and handling foreign rights. She is interested primarily in literary and upmarket fiction and memoir, especially with a focus on identity or with an international lens, narrative nonfiction, journalism, and history, and her clients include New York Times Best Sellers Brit Bennett and Etaf Rum, Barnes & Noble Discover picks John Freeman Gill and Leah Franqui, Center For Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow Melissa Rivero, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and others.

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