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'Divergent' Author Veronica Roth to be on 'The Interview Show' at Hideout

By Emily Morris | April 17, 2014 10:01am
 Writer Veronica Roth arrives March 18 at the premiere of "Divergent" in Los Angeles.
Writer Veronica Roth arrives March 18 at the premiere of "Divergent" in Los Angeles.
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CHICAGO — Fans of the "Divergent" trilogy can try to snag a seat in May to watch writer Veronica Roth take the stage for an author discussion at The Hideout.

Roth will join "Book of My Lives" author Aleksandar Hemon and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" screenwriter Steven Conrad for the "The Interview Show," hosted by Mark Bazer at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. on May 2.

Roth, a native of suburban Barrington and a graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program, started writing "Divergent" as a college student and made it big when the debut novel became a bestseller in 2011.

The trilogy spawned a blockbuster adaptation of the first novel and, in the trend of other recently adapted series, news recently broke that the last book will be split into two films.

Hemon, a Bosnian-American writer who also calls Chicago home, became known for his 2002 novel "Nowhere Man" and 2008's "The Lazerus Project" before writing his first nonfiction piece, "The Book of My Lives," which was published in 2013. 

Conrad, another Northwestern grad, most recently wrote the screenplay for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and wrote the script for Will Smith's "The Pursuit of Happyness" before that.

Tickets to the small venue show are $8, and doors open at 6 p.m. The event runs until about 8 p.m.