For Immediate Release
Further Information Contact: Julia Sutherland
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5957

February 25, 2019 – Elissa Schappell, author, short-story writer and editor, will serve as the King’s College Visiting Writer for the current academic year. Schappell will visit King’s from Monday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 2 as part of the program sponsored by the College’s English department She will present a reading from her book “Blueprints for Building Better Girls,” that is free and open to the public on Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Burke Auditorium. She will also meet with students in a short story and literature class during her two-day residency.

Schappell is most known for her two books “Use Me,” runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and “Blueprints for Building Better Girls,” chosen as one of the “Best Books of the Year” in 2011 by the “San Francisco Chronicle,”  “The Boston Globe,”  “The Wall Street Journal,” “Newsweek” and “O”magazine.

In addition to writing novels, Schappell is a contributing author for “Vanity Fair,” former senior editor at “Paris Review” and a founding editor and editor-at-large of “Tin House.” She currently teaches in the Master’s degree Fiction Writing Program at Columbia University.

The Burke Auditorium is located in the McGowan School of Business on North River Street. Books will be available for purchase at the event. A book signing and Q and A will follow the reading.

Parking will be available at on-campus lots. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information please contact Jennifer Judge Yonkoski, assistant technical professor of English at King’s College, at (570) 208-5900, ext 5487 or email at

Elissa Schappell