Shakespeare Lightning Round: Mona Awad

Wednesday, September 08, 2021, 5:00 pm
Virtual Event on Instagram Live
What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Best Shakespeare character? Most overrated Shakespeare play? Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.
Watch our chat with Mona Awad, author of the acclaimed new novel All's Well.
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Mona Awad's debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin, 2016), won the Amazon Best First Novel Award and the Colorado Book Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Arab American Book Award. It was also long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour and the International Dublin Award. Bunny, her second novel (Viking, 2019), was a finalist for a GoodReads Choice Award for Best Horror, the New England Book Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, and it won The Ladies of Horror Fiction Best Novel Award. Her new novel, All's Well, will be released August 3 by Simon & Schuster and Penguin Canada. 
Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, TIME Magazine, Electric Literature, VICE, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, and elsewhere.
Awad has taught creative writing  at Brown University, the University of Denver, Framingham State, Tufts, and in the MFA program at UMass Amherst, where she served as a Visiting Writer. She has worked as a bookseller for independent bookstores including Pages in Toronto, The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City and Blackwell Books in Edinburgh. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and a food columnist for the Montreal-based magazine Maisonneuve
She earned an MFA in fiction from Brown University and an MScR in English from the University of Edinburgh where her dissertation was on fear in the fairy tale. She completed a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Denver. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing program at Syracuse University.