Arts and Culture

200 | Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects

Saturday, April 28 | 10:30a - 11:30a
Fine Arts Building
Studebaker Theatre
410 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60605
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $25
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Gillian Flynn's debut novel, the psychological thriller Sharp Objects (a forthcoming HBO series starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson) was hailed by Stephen King as “an admirably nasty piece of work. . . the story just stayed there in my head, coiled and hissing, like a snake in a cave.” With her follow up novels, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, the international sensation that became a blockbuster film, Flynn established herself as a master of suspense. CHF's Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy joins Flynn for a conversation on her addictive thrillers, the lure of graphic narratives, and the complex and disturbing female protagonists she creates.

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A book signing will follow this program.


Gillian Flynn is the author of the runaway hit Gone Girl, an international sensation that has spent more than 95 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has been published in 40 languages, and Gone Girl is a major motion picture from Twentieth Century-Fox. Flynn’s previous novels, Dark Places and Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, were also New York Times bestsellers. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

Alison Cuddy is the Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director at CHF. Prior to the Festival, she spent more than 10 years at WBEZ, the NPR affiliate in Chicago. There she helped launch Odyssey, a nationally syndicated talk show of arts and ideas, hosted the newsmagazine Eight Forty-Eight and reported on arts and culture. She holds a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in Cinema Studies from Concordia University. She is on the advisory board of the Chicago Film Archive and The Moth, and hosts Strange Brews, a podcast about craft beer.

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  • Sharp Objects
  • 4/24/2018