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The Center for Fiction and BLR present Jayne Anne Phillips on Night Watch with Danielle Ofri

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT September 19, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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The Center for Fiction and Bellevue Literary Review are thrilled to invite you to this celebration of Jayne Anne Phillips’s (Black Tickets, Machine Dreams) latest novel Night Watch, a mesmerizing story about a mother and daughter seeking refuge in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Phillips, one of the most accomplished novelists of our time, is joined in conversation with BLR editor Danielle Ofri, a practicing physician whose writing appears in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Atlantic. Join us for a spirited discussion and audience Q&A about the novel’s themes of war, prejudice, and endurance, as well as writing on mental health and trauma. After the conversation, Phillips will sign and personalize books.

Presented in partnership with Bellevue Literary Review. The first 100 in-person attendees for this event will receive a free copy of Bellevue Literary Review! (If you are attending via livestream, we’ll send you a digital copy.)

Night Watch Cover Art[2] - Eliana Cohen-Orth

In Conversation

  • Jayne Anne Phillips Author Photo Credit to Elena Seibert[2] - Eliana Cohen-Orth

    Jayne Anne Phillips

    Jayne Anne Phillips

    Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, and Quiet Dell. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Winner of an Arts and Letters Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she was inducted into the Academy in 2018. A National Book Award finalist, and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, she lives in New York and Boston.

    Photo Credit: Elena Seibert

  • Danielle Ofri Headshot

    Danielle Ofri

    Danielle Ofri

    Danielle Ofri MD, PhD is one of the foremost voices in the medical world today.  She’s a primary care internist at Bellevue Hospital and clinical professor of medicine at NYU, as well as founder/editor-in-chief of Bellevue Literary Review, and her writing appears in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Atlantic, as well as in the Lancet, and NEJM. She’s given several TED talks and performed at the Moth. Ofri is the author of six books about life in medicine; her latest is When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.

    Photo Credit: Elana Goodridge

About Bellevue Literary Review

Bellevue Literary Review is an award-winning literary journal that has been illuminating the human condition through the prism of health, illness, and healing for more than 20 years. Visit for information on how to subscribe and how to submit your writing. All friends from The Center for Fiction get at 15% discount on subscriptions (use code CFF15).

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