Tess Gunty - Library Live Lecture


Lecture, Book Sale & Signing, Refreshments


Friends Room at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach CA 92660

Date & Time

Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Rabbit Hutch and Literature in the Age of AI

An online obituary writer. A young mother with a dark secret. A woman waging a solo campaign against rodents — neighbors, separated only by the thin walls of a low-cost housing complex in the once bustling industrial center of Vacca Vale, Indiana. Welcome to the Rabbit Hutch. Set over one sweltering week in July and culminating in a bizarre act of violence that finally changes everything, The Rabbit Hutch is a savagely beautiful and bitingly funny snapshot of contemporary America, a gorgeous and provocative tale of loneliness and longing, entrapment and, ultimately, freedom.

Tess Gunty holds an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. Her work has appeared in many publications, such as The Iowa Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The Rabbit Hutch won the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction. It has been optioned for film rights by Fremantle.

Patricia Pierson, PhD is an Associate Director of the UC Irvine Center for Storytelling and the Literary Journalism Program.  Her research, community projects, and teaching explore the intersections of life writing, narrative, and critical theory.