Current and Upcoming Happenings:

Lise will read from GIRL IN THE ARENA, talk about her experience with Crossover (Young Adult ~ Adult) fiction, answer questions, and sign books:

Thursday, February 25th

7:00 to 8:00 PM

The Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room

336 Concord Avenue

Belmont, Massachusetts



Past Events for Girl in the Arena:


December 15, 2009

Lise Haines and two poets in the Emerson Writing, Literature and Publishing graduate program, Amanda Jimenez and Mary Kovaleski, will teach a class to the high school creative writing students at Boston Prep, a charter school. (This event is not open to the public.)

Fairfield University, Low residency MFA

December 30, 2009

Lise Haines will be on a panel to discuss the Crossover market (YA/Adult)

She will give a reading at 7:00 pm.

To find out more about the Fairfield U, Low-Residency Creative Writing MFA:


Porter Square Books

January 26, 2010, Cambridge, MA

Lise Haines will give a reading with Elizabeth Searle and Steve Almond to celebrate ILLUMINATING FICTION, Today’s Best Writers of Fiction, Editor Sherry Ellis, Red Hen Press

Time TBA

A Talk with Belmont High School/Creative Writers

Belmont, MA

November 6, 2009

(Not open to the public.)


Somerville News Writers Festival VII

NOVEMBER 14, 2009

Book Fair 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Readings at 7:00 PM

Featuring: Rick Moody, Lise Haines, Frank Bidart, Margot Livesey , John Buffalo Mailer, Steve Almond, Kim Chinquee, Sam Cornish, Richard Hoffman, Tino Villanueva, Tam Lin Neville and Douglas Holder. Hosted by Timothy Gager with music by The Swaggerin’ Growlers.
191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA.
Sponsored by Porter Square Books and Grub Street.

CLICK HERE to get more info and purchase tickets.


Radio Appearance

Lise will be talking with Rick Kogan on “The Sunday Papers” on Chicago’s WGN-AM Radio this Sunday morning, November 1st, from 7:30-8:00 (Chicago time).

Rick Kogan began his career at sixteen, working for the Chicago Sun-Times during the tumultuous Democratic Convention of 1968. He is currently senior staff writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and host of the popular WGN-AM Sunday Papers radio program, which airs in thirty-eight states and Canada. He was named Chicago’s Best Reporter in 1999, Chicago’s Greatest Living Journalist in 2002, and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in March 2003. A longtime friend to Ann Landers and her editor for the last five years of her life.


BLOG TOUR, 10 selected sites, October 12-14, 2009


Boston Area TV Appearance

On October 20th, Lise Haines will do a short reading from GIRL IN THE ARENA and be interviewed by Poet Doug Holder.
Cable Channel 3
Somerville, MA
Here’s the site that describes Doug’s show:


American Library Association Convention, July 11, 2009 Girl in the Arena, book signing.


FAIRLY UNBALANCED: Writing Political Satire in the Twenty-First Century

June 14, 2009/Cambridge Forum

3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA
PEN New England and Cambridge Forum present a discussion of the power–and the pitfalls–of writing in the age of Jon Stewart and Senator Al Franken. Panelists include acclaimed novelists Percival Everett and Lise Haines; comedian Jimmy Tingle, former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser, and The Harvard Lampoon.


  1. Selena Yanez says:

    Is there going to be another Girl in the Arena?

    • Lise Haines says:

      Hi Selena, Thanks for asking! I’ve sketched some things out for a sequel. Right now I’m waiting to see how this one fares in the marketplace. Fingers crossed! Meantime, I’m working on another novel. Best, Lise