“The Happy Ending Series is the liveliest, most interesting cultural program of its kind in NYC.” -Zoe Heller
ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College
LESLIE JAMISON is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller, and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the Oxford American, among others, and she is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
AMANDA STERN was born in New York City and raised in Greenwich Village. She’s the author of The Long Haul and eleven books for children written under the pseudonyms Fiona Rosenbloom and AJ Stern. In 2003, she founded the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, a long-running and beloved event that became an essential part of the New York City literary landscape. Her memoir, LITTLE PANIC is forthcoming from Grand Central on June 19th, 2018. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Busy.
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and two books of non-fiction, including Sag Harbor, Zone One, and The Colossus of New York. His latest novel, The Underground Railroad, will be published next fall. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships, he lives in New York City. (photo by: Madeline Whitehead)
CATHERINE LACEY‘s first novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, was a finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award and is being translated into Italian, German, Spanish, French and Dutch. Her second novel and first short story collection are forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN was raised in Boulder, Colorado, and lives at the North Shore of Staten Island. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Harper’s, n+1, and The Guardian. She is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize.
VIVIAN GORNICK is the bestselling author of the acclaimed memoirs The Odd Woman and the City and Fierce Attachments, as well as a biography of Emma Goldman and three essay collections: The Men in My Life, Approaching Eye Level, and The End of the Novel of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
ANDREW SOLOMON is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and the author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of the National Book Award, and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Wellcome Prize, and more than thirty other prizes. His TED talks have been viewed more than eight million times. He is the president of PEN American Center. He lives in New York and London with his husband and son.
AMY ROSS has been seeing patients for over 20 years and has a full-time private practice in Manhattan. She got her PH.D. from Adelphi University and completed her internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. She believes deeply in the power of good therapy to change one’s relationship with one’s self and the outside world. It allows people to live richer, fuller, more grounded lives. She also thinks that good therapy is risky: painful, hard work, time consuming, expensive, unsettling—and worth it.
LENA DUNHAM is the creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. She has been nominated for eight Emmy awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress, for her work on Girls. She was the first woman to win the Director’s Guild of America award for directorial achievement in comedy. Dunham has also written and directed two feature-length films (including Tiny Furniture in 2010) and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
MATTHEW THOMAS was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His New York Times bestselling first novel We Are NotOurselves has been shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.
Photo: Beowulf Sheehan
ZADIE SMITH was born in north-west London in 1975 and divides her time between London and New York. Her first novel, WHITE TEETH, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers’ First Book Award. Her second novel, THE AUTOGRAPH MAN, won The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Zadie Smith’s third novel, ON BEAUTY, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won The Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Award (Eurasia Section), and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, NW, was published in 2012 and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Photo: Dominique Nabokov
LESLIE JAMISON is the author of The Empathy Exams, an essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times,where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. She was raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Photo: Colleen Kinder
Between 9/03/2003 and 11/21/2012, the following authors, speakers and performers participated in the Happy Ending Series: Photos and bios for past performers will be added slowly over the course of my life.
Alice Elliot Dark
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Andre Dubus III
Andrew Lewis Conn
Andrew Sean Greer
Christopher R. Weingarten
Craig Morgan Teicher
Daniel Robert Epstein
Deb Olin Unferth
Erin Cressida Wilson
Evan Smith Rakoff
Jon Benjamin (from Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist)
Jayne Anne Phillips
Joanna Smith Rakoff
John Cameron Mitchell
John S Hall
Jonathan Katz (from Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist)
Jonathan Scott Fuqua
Jonathon Keats (Conceptual artist)
Keith Lee Morris
Kristen den Hartog
Lillian Ann Slugocki
Lisa Selin Davis
Miles Marshall Lewis
Min Jin Lee
Paul La Farge
Piz Z Ehrhardt
Richard Eoin Nash
Ruth Ellen Kocher
Sarah Grace McCandles
Stefan Merrill Block
Steven Berlin Johnson
Sunshine O’ Donnel
Tara Bray Smith
Todd Barry (from Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist)
Todd J Colby