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Author Jennifer Close to discuss new Chicago-based novel

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Date(s) - 06/08/2022
1:00 pm

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Chicago native Jennifer Close will discuss her new book, which takes place in the city, in a virtual event next week hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Close will appear as part of the institute’s Illinois Authors series at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, via Zoom.

The conversation, titled “Conjuring Authentic Worlds with Creative Writing,” will focus on Close’s newest release, “Marrying the Ketchups,” a comedy that follows a Chicago family as they run a restaurant while contending with life’s unexpected changes.

Close and John Shaw, institute director, will also talk about Close’s work as a creative writing instructor, as well as her writing process as she creates compelling worlds in her fiction.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is required at Attendees are encouraged to send questions for Close with their registration forms or by email to

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Illinois Authors series is an opportunity to get to know the writers who bring the Prairie State to life on the page.

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