Virtual Event with Michelle Huneven

Watermark Books invites you to a virtual event with critically acclaimed, award-winning author, Michelle Huneven. Michelle will be joining us virtually to celebrate her newest novel, Search--a sharp and funny novel of a congregational search committee, told as a memoir with recipes. Michelle will be joined in conversation by Leslie Jamison, author of Make it Scream, Make it Burn, and The Recovering, among others. This event will be held virtually via Zoom webinar and Facebook Live on Thursday, May 12 at 6pm. Register below!

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About Search

From critically acclaimed, award-winning author Michelle Huneven, a sharp and funny novel of a congregational search committee, told as a memoir with recipes

Dana Potowski is a restaurant critic and food writer and a longtime member of a progressive Unitarian Universalist congregation in Southern California. Just as she’s finishing the book tour for her latest bestseller, Dana is asked to join the church search committee for a new minister. Under pressure to find her next book idea, she agrees and resolves to secretly pen a memoir, with recipes, about the experience. That memoir, Search, follows the travails of the committee and their candidates—and becomes its own media sensation.

Dana had good material to work with: the committee is a wide-ranging mix of Unitarian Universalist congregants, and their candidates range from a baker and microbrew master/pastor to a reverend who identifies as both a witch and an environmental warrior. Ultimately, the committee faces a stark choice between two very different paths forward for the congregation. Although she may have been ambivalent about joining the committee, Dana finds that she cares deeply about the fate of this institution and she will fight the entire committee, if necessary, to win the day for her side.

This wry and wise tale will speak to anyone who has ever gone searching, and James Beard Award-winning author Michelle Huneven’s food writing and recipes add flavor to the delightful journey.

About Michelle Huneven 

Michelle Huneven is the author of four novels: Round RockJameslandBlame, and Off Course. Her books have been New York Times Notable Books and finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a James Beard Award for feature writing with recipes, and received her master’s in fine arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She teaches writing at University of California, Los Angeles.

About Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Recovering and The Empathy Exams, and the novel The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications including the AtlanticHarper's, the New York Times Book Review, the Oxford American, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Search: A Novel By Michelle Huneven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593300053
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - April 26th, 2022

Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays By Leslie Jamison Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259651
Availability: Available to order! Usually Ships to Store in 3-5 Days.
Published: Back Bay Books - October 20th, 2020