“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.



AMANDA FILIPACCHI is the author of four novels: Nude Men, Vapor, Love Creeps, and The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty. Her fiction has been translated into fourteen languages and been anthologized in The Best American Humor (Simon & Schuster), Voices Of the X-iled (Doubleday), and The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (Berkley Books). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Born in Paris, France, Amanda Filipacchi was educated in both France and the US, and has lived in New York since the age of seventeen. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. (photo by: Marion Ettlinger)
Amanda Filipacchi (by Marion Ettlinger)
SAMANTHA HUNT is the author of three novels. Mr. Splitfoot is an Indie Next Pick for January 2016; The Invention of Everything Else, Hunt’s novel about Nikola Tesla, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize; and The Seas, won the National Book Foundation’s Five under Thirty-five prize. (photo by: Tim Davis)

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 LifeApproaching Eye Level, and The End of the Novel of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Gornick, Vivian (C) Mitchell Bach


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’sOxford AmericanA Public SpaceVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe 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. 

A.M. Homes

Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Landsman

Ada Calhoun

Adam Haslett

Adam Rapp

Adam Wilson

Aimee Bender

Alec Appelbaum

Alec Bemis

Alex Shakar

Alice Elliot Dark

Alicia Erian

Alison Bechdel

Alison Smith

Alix Ohlin

Alix Strauss

Allen Salkin

Allison Amend

Amelia Gray

Ammon Shea

Amor Towles

Amy Cohen

Amy Fusselman

Amy Hempel

Amy Koppelman

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Sohn

Andre Dubus III

Andrew Altschul

Andrew Lewis Conn

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Solomon

Andy Borowitz

Andy Friedman

Angela Pneuman

Anna Schuleit

Anne Landesman

Anthony Schneider

Anthony Swofford

Antoine Wilson

Arthur Bradford

Arthur Nersersian

Arthur Phillips

Aryn Kyle

Audrey Niffenegger

Baz Dreisinger

Bee Lavender

Ben Gantcher

Ben Greenman

Ben Markovits

Ben Schrank

Benjamin Anastas

Benjamin Kunkel

Benjamin Percy

Beth Bosworth

Beth Kimmerle

Beth Lisick

Binnie Kirshenbaum

Blake Nelson

Bliss Broyard

Bob Dunn

Bob Hicok

Bonnie Downing

Brad Land

Brandon Stosuy

Brett Berk

Brian Evenson

Brian Selznick

Brock Clarke

Brooks Hansen

Bruce Bauman

Bryan Charles

Carl Wilson

Caroline Leavitt

Carolita Johnson

Cat Tyc

Cate Marvin

Cecile Guilbert

Chad Allen

Charles Bock

Cheryl Sucher

Chip Kidd

Chip McGrath

Chris Adrian

Chris Leo

Christine Hamm

Christine Schutt

Christopher R. Weingarten

Cintra Wilson

Clifford Chase

Coleman Hough

Colson Whitehead

Colum McCann

Craig Clevenger

Craig Morgan Teicher

Cris Beam

Cristy Road

Cynthia Kaplan

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kois

Dan Menaker

Dan Rollman

Daniel Nester

Daniel Robert Epstein

Danielle Trussoni

Danzy Senna

Daphne Beal

Daphne Carr

Daphne Gottlieb

Daphne Merkin

Darcey Steinke

Darin Strauss

Dave King

David Amsden

David Bezmozgis

David Cross

David Evanier

David Gates

David Gutcheon

David Lehman

David Means

David Miller

David Mizner

David Orr

David Rakoff

David Rees

David Shields

Dawn Raffel

Dean Bakopolous

Deb Olin Unferth

Derek McCormack

Diane Williams

Dmitri Erhlich

Doug Trevor

Drew Dernavich

Ed Park

Edwina White

Eileen Myles

Elissa Shappell

Eliza Griswold

Elizabeth Bachner

Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Crane

Elizabeth Gold

Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Streb

Elizabeth Swados

Ellen Litman

Ellis Avery

Emily Raboteau

Emily XYZ

Emma Straub

Erin Cressida Wilson

Etgar Keret

Evan Smith Rakoff

Fernanda Eberstadt

Fiona Maazel

Fran Giuffre

Gary Lutz

Gary Phillips

Geeta Dayal

GF Michelsen

Gregory Maguire

Jon Benjamin (from Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist)

Hal Niedziecki

Hal Sirowitz

Hannah Pittard

Hannah Tinti

Hari Kunzru

Heather McGowan

Heidi Julavits

Helen Benedict

Helen Schulman

Holiday Reinhorn

Honor Moore

Ian Chillag

Ian Chorao

Irini Spanidou

Jack Livings

Jack Pendarvis

Jackie Corley

James Richardson

James Salter

Jane Avrich

Janice Erlbaum

Jayne Anne Phillips

Jean Nathan

Jean Thompson

Jeff Giles

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Tamarkin

Jen Trynin

Jennifer Banash

Jennifer Bleyer

Jennifer Egan

Jerry Williams

Jervey Tervalon

Jess Row

Jesse Ball

Jesse Browner

Jessica Anthony

Jessica Hagedorn

Jessy Randall

Jill Bauerle

Jim Shepard

Jim Shepherd

Joan Wickersham

Joanna Hershon

Joanna Smith Rakoff

Joe Meno

John Cameron Mitchell

John Lurie

John Marks

John Rowell

John S Hall

John Wray

Jon-Jon Goulian

Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Baumbach

Jonathan Caouette

Jonathan Dee

Jonathan Katz (from Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist)

Jonathan Moskowitz

Jonathan Scott Fuqua

Jonathon Keats (Conceptual artist)

Jono Mischcott

Joshua Ferris

Joshua Furst

Joshua Henkin

Joyelle McSweeney

Julia Holmes

Julia Slavin

Julian Rubinstein

Julie Hilden

Julie Orringer

Karen Russell

Kate Braverman

Kate Christensen

Keith Lee Morris

Kelly Braffett

Kelly Kerney

Ken Foster

Kevin Canty

Kevin Moffett

Kevin Sampsell

Kevin Wilson

Kristen den Hartog

Kyle DeCamp

Kyle Smith

Lara Tupper

Laura Dave

Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Groff

Lauren Sanders

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Sandell

Lawrence Weschler

Leanne Shapton

Lee Gutkind

Leelila Strogov

Lillian Ann Slugocki

Lillian Slugocki

Linda Robertson

Lisa Glatt

Lisa Hamilton

Lisa Lerner

Lisa Randall

Lisa Selin Davis

Liza Donnelly

Lorin Stein

Lowell Handler

Lucy Corin

Lydia Davis

Lydia Millet

Lynne Tillman

David Hornbuckle

Maggie Cutler

Maggie Dubris

Maggie Estep

Maggie Nelson

Manil Suri

Marc Nesbitt

Marcellus Hall

Marcy Dermansky

Margot Livesey

Marie-Helene Bertino

Marion Winik

Marisa Silver

Mark Dow

Mark Swartz

Marleen Barr

Martha Garvey

Martha Southgate

Marty McConnell

Mary Caponegro

Mary Gaitskill

Mary-Beth Hughes

Matt Derby

Matt Marinovich

Matthew Bakkom

Matthew Freedman

Matthew Sharpe

Maxine Swann

Meg Wolitzer

Melissa Febos

Merrill Feitell

Michael Cunningham

Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Perry

Michelle Herman

Michelle Orange

Michelle Tea

Michelle Wildgen

Mike Albo

Mike Daisey

Mila Drumke

Miles Marshall Lewis

Min Jin Lee

Molly Jong-Fast

Molly Ringwald

Myla Goldberg

Nami Mun

Nanette Lerner

Nathaniel Rich

Neal Medlyn

Neal Pollack

Ned Vizzini

Neil Swaab

Nell Freudenberger

Nelly Reifler

Nic Kelman

Nick Antosca

Nick Bertozzi

Nick Flynn

Nick Fowler

Nick Laird

Nicky Dawidoff

Nicole Blackman

Noy Holland

Orlando Lima

Owen King

Owen Sheers

Padgett Powell

Pagan Kennedy

Panio Gianopolous

Patrick Somerville

Paul Harding

Paul La Farge

Paul Muldoon

Paul Rudnick

Pauls Toutonghi

Peter Behrens

Peter Cameron

Peter Hyman

Peter Rock

Phil Campbell

Piz Z Ehrhardt

Porochista Khakpour

Porter Shreve

Priscilla Becker

Rachel Cohen

Rafi Zabor

Rajesh Parameswaran

Rakesh Satyal

Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Rebecca Curtis

Rebecca Godfrey

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Wolff

Rene Steinke

Rich Benjamin

Richard Eoin Nash

Richard Price

Rick Moody

Rick Whitaker

Rivka Galchen

Rob Sheffield

Robert Lopez

Robert Marshall

Roland Kelts

Ron Carlson

Roxana Robinson

Roy Kesey

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ryan Boudinot

Ryan Harty

Sabrina Gschwandtner

Sadia Shepard

Said Sayrafiezadeh

Salvatore Scibona

Sam Lipsyte

Sam Michel

Sam Munson

Samantha Gillison

Samantha Hunt

Sana Krasikov

Sarah Braunstein

Sarah Grace McCandles

Sarah Jones

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Schulman

Scot Crawford

Scott Snyder

Scott Spencer

Sean Wilsey

Seth Fried

Shane Jones

Sheila Heti

Shelley Jackson

Sheri Joseph

Siddhartha Deb

Sigrid Nunez

Sloane Crosley

Stacy D’Erasmo

Stefan Merrill Block

Stephen Clair

Stephen Elliott

Stephen Glass

Stephen Policoff

Steve Almond

Steve Toltz

Steven Berlin Johnson

Sunshine O’ Donnel

Susan Wheeler

Susannah Breslin

Suzanne Bocanegra

Suzanne Dottino

Tanguy Viel

Tara Bray Smith

Tara Wray

Tea Obreht

Teddy Wayne

Terese Svoboda

Terry Iacuzzo

Thaddeus Rutkowski

Thisbe Nissen

Thomas Beller

Thomas Hopkins

Tim McLoughlin

Tod Wodicka

Todd Barry (from Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist)

Todd J Colby

Tom Bissell

Tom Lombardi

Tom Perrotta

Tony Fletcher


Trinie Dalton

Tsia Carson

Vanessa Veselka

Victor Lodato

Victoria Redel

Victoria Vinton

Vince Passaro

Walter Kirn

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wells Tower

Wendy Shanker

Wendy Spero

Wenlan Chia

Wesley Stace

Will Allison

Will Noonan

William Benton

Yannick Murphy

Yiyun Li

Zadie Smith

Zoe Heller


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