November 12, 2020 at 6pm ET
Maisy Card '00 in conversation with Laurie Ann Cedilnik '00


Join Maisy Card '00 and Laurie Cedilnik '00 for a conversation about Maisy's debut novel, These Ghost Are Family, and a discussion about their path to becoming writers after Hunter College High School. These Ghosts are Family revolves around the consequences of a man's decision to fake his own death and tells the story of the Paisley family from colonial Jamaica to present day Harlem. A "rich, ambitious debut novel” (The New York Times Book Review); "a breathtaking story that sweeps across continents and time." Debutiful a book not to miss.

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Maisy Card (photo by Marian Calle) and  Laurie Ann Cedilnik

Maisy Card is a writer and a public librarian. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and was longlisted for The Center For Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in Lenny LetterSchool Library Journal, AGNI, Lit Hub, Guernica and other publications. Her short story, "The True Death of Abel Paisley," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018.  Maisy was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, but was raised in Jamaica, New York. She earned an MFA from Brooklyn College, an MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University. 


Born and raised in Flushing, Laurie Cedilnik graduated Hunter as the first in her family to attend college. She has taught creative writing at Grand Valley State University, Loyola University of New Orleans, and Western Michigan University, where she earned her doctorate. Her writing has appeared in Bust, EpochBlack Warrior Review, and Wellesley Magazine, among others. Laurie earned her MFA in fiction from the University of Houston, where she is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department.