Meet the Author & Launch Party: Lynn Schmeidler

Meet the Author & Launch Party: Lynn Schmeidler

Thursday, April 4

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lynn Schmeidler will present her new book, “Half-Lives”

  • Reception at 7:00 p.m.
  • The reading by Lynn Schmeidler will start at 7:30 and will be followed by an interview with Hastings resident Barbara Feinberg, creator and director of Story Shop.
  • Book signing provided by Picture Book of Dobbs Ferry.


A playful debut short story collection imagining women’s lives in a world free of social limitations.

Amid heightened restrictions about what women can and cannot do with their bodies, Lynn Schmeidler’s debut short story collection, Half-Lives, is a humane, absurd, and timely collection of narratives centering on women’s bodies and psyches. Playful and experimental, these sixteen stories explore girlhood, sexuality, motherhood, identity, and aging in a world where structures of societal norms, narrative, gender, and sometimes even physics do not apply. The protagonists grapple with the roles they choose and with those that are thrust upon them as they navigate their ever-evolving emotional lives.

Half-Lives is the 2023 Rising Writer Prize winner, selected by Matt Bell.