Jessica Keener

STRANGERS IN BUDAPEST available everywhere - from Algonquin Books

Book Signings & Talks for Strangers In Budapest

Dear Book Clubs, Libraries, Special Groups: I'm happy to Skype or visit with you in person.
Please contact publicist, Kristen Bianco, at Algonquin Books-- kristenb@​ Find me via Facebook, Twitter, or email to set up a date. Thank you. In the meantime, here are some upcoming events for 2018:

January 27, 2019 - Book Breeze Sunday Salon Series

January 8 -2019 - Book Club- Beacon Hill

November 13 - South End Library

October 23 - paperback release of Strangers In Budapest

October 13 - Boston Book Festival, Copley Sq.

October 4 - Trident Books - Women's National Book Assn event

October 2 - Belmont Books (with Heather Abel)

September 28 - Interview on Cape TV - Books and the World

September 1 (Sat) 2018 Festival of Books, Spencertown, NY

August 21 (Tues) - Dream Day event, Dennis Art Museum, Cape Cod

July 27 (Fri) - Author literary luncheon series, Wequassett Resort, Cape Cod - hosted by Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore

June 19 - (Tues) Porter Sq. Books; in conversation with novelists Susan Henderson and Amy Wallen. 7 p.m.

May 31, 2018 - Raising a Reader, Gala Dinner Author event, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston

May 29 - Temple Israel book club, Boston

May 24 -Books on the T

May 2 - Hadassah - Andover Library, 7 p.m.

April 27-28, 2018 - Newburyport Literary Festival

April 20-22 - Unbound Literary Festival, Missouri

April 3 - Evening with an Author, Brookline, MA

March 15 - Book Lab, evening with author, 6:30- 8 pm, South End, Boston.

March 6 - (Tues) - North Miami, FL- Michael-Ann Russell JCC 7:30 p.m.

March 6 (Tues) 2018 - Boca Raton, FL - Levis JCC author luncheon; 2 p.m.

February 28, 2018 (Wed.) - Words Bookstore - in conversation with NYT bestselling novelist, Caroline Leavitt; Maplewood, NJ; 7:30 p.m.

February 10, 2018 (Sat) - Whitelam Books, Reading, MA 2-3 pm - book signing and author reading/​talk


Dec. 7 (Thurs) - Boston Public Library and Trident Books - in conversation with Risa Miller, winner of the PEN Discovery award; 6 p.m.

Nov. 30 (Thurs) - Newtonville Books, Newton, MA; 7 p.m. in conversation with Judy Boltman-Fasman, culture reporter for

Nov. 28 (Tues) Westerly, RI;Savoy Bookshop & Cafe signing, holiday promotion; 6-8 pm

Nov. 21 (Tues)- Point Street Reading Series, hosted by Robin Kall Homonoff, Providence, RI; 7 p.m.

Nov. 17 - 20 New England Book Signing Tour - visiting more than 20 indie bookstores in MA, NH, ME, VT, NY: Bookloft (Great Barrington, MA), Oblong Books (Rhineback, NY), Book House (Albany, NY), Market Block Books (Troy, NY), Northshire Books (Saratoga Springs, NY) ;Northshire Books (Manchester, VT), Barleby Books (Wilmington, VT); Yankee Bookshop (Woodstock, VT) Norwich Bookstore (Norwich, VT); White Birch Books (North Conway, NH); Bridgton Books (Bridgton, ME); Print (Portland, ME), Gibson's (Concord, NH), Water Street (Exeter, NH), Jabberwocky (Newburyport, MA);Porter Sq Books and Harvard Books, Cambridge, MA.

Nov. 16 - Falmouth library with Eight Cousins Bookstore in conversation with Anne LeClaire; 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 - Scituate Library with Buttonwoods Books - in conversation with NYT bestselling novelist, Halle Ephron; 6:30 p.m.

November 14 - 7 p.m. Strangers in Budapest - Book launch party at Brookline Booksmith - in conversation with NYT bestselling novelist, Barbara Shapiro. Serving sweets & treats.

"Like the adults in Rick Moody's Ice Storm," the central couple in this novel of 1970s suburbia are remote alcoholics. "Love was something distant that retired to a room on the second floor," Sarah, he 16-year-old narrator, says, referring to her stay-st-home yet absentee mother. This is a woman who makes a divot in the soil for her drink glass while tending her roses...This earnest debut centers on Sarah as she tunnels through new depths of loneliness...moving."
"Keener’s prose is spectacular, almost poetic. I found myself rereading many of the passages just to experience the beauty of her written word. She gives the reader the gift of a wonderful, honest, coming-of-age story. At just under 300 pages it is not a long read, but one that will resonate. "
“vivid…dreamlike quality. Keener's evocation of a young woman coming into her own is … moving.”
"Keener’s observations perfectly capture a certain kind of 1970s adolescence: the adults who tried too hard, the sudden appearance of a joint when in the presence of older cousins, the way a grownup party could spin from fun to disturbing in a blink. Most exhilaratingly, she taps into the thrilling moments when a girl of 16 can see her future, whether in music or books or a boy’s smile. Sarah watches her mother’s rose garden after her death. Like her children, some “bloomed haphazardly while some wilted,’’ a living symbol of what goes on, no matter what."
"Rooted in personal sorrow, this memorable debut will strike a universal chord with readers: "Life was full of befores and afters."
"Keener understands deeply that scene writing creates powerful moments for her characters. We learn of Sarah’s irritation, fear, reticence, and desire not through discussion, but through her actions and interactions with others. And Keener’s writing is lovely; she manages to build sentences that are both precise and ornate. While Keener’s Night Swim tells of a girl who has lost her bearings, her hold on her novel is both assured and poised."
"Jessica Keener's debut novel Night Swim is a masterfully told tale. Dysfunctional family dynamics are revealed in language evocative and honest, and her characters so well-drawn they could be our own kin. The emotional depth of this novel has me constantly recommending it to friends in book clubs."
About Night Swim
"Set in 1970's Boston high-society, Night Swim tells the tale of the Kunitz family, who hide their deep tensions behind a shimmering facade of parties and affluence before tragedy breaks their stable dance." (Brookline Booksmith)
Feature articles
More than a hundred feature articles published in The Boston Globe and other national magazines. Google my name as Jessica Keener or Jessica Brilliant Keener