The First Salem Community Read: The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

The Community Read events will take place from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24 and are open to everyone, those who have read the book as well as those who are simply curious and would like to hear the author and others read sections from the book.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti can be purchased at Wicked Good Books in downtown Salem

About The Good Thief via Wikipedia

"The Good Thief" is the story of an orphan named Ren who is adopted by a pair of gentleman rogues in early American New England and led willingly into a life of crime. Ren, who is missing his left hand, is taught to lie, steal and run confidence games by his new mentor, Benjamin Nab, and they travel to the city of North Umbridge, where a mousetrap factory owner reigns supreme using his army of hired thugs ("hat boys") and the unmarried, dowdy girls who work in the factory ("mousetrap girls").

"The Good Thief" is the winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award and the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize.

Praise for Hannah from Entertainment Weekly

"But Tinti does have a final destination, however circuitously she might lead us there. In the sinister town of North Umbrage — dominated by a prison-like mousetrap factory run by phalanxes of homely, unmarried girls — Ren's scattered friends prove their devotion. He finally gets answers about his past, and Tinti secures her place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists." A-

About Hannah Tinti (Via

Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor, and teacher.

Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. She is now finishing a new novel.

Hannah has worked at bookstores, magazines, publishing houses, and literary agencies. In 2002 she co-founded the award-winning magazineOne Story and for the past 12 years has been its Editor in Chief. In 2009 she received the PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing and in 2014 One Story won the AWP Prize for Best Small PressIn 2011, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator, interviewing authors and actors about the importance of literature and reading.

Hannah is also a celebrated teacher of creative writing. She co-foundedWishing Stone Workshops and the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy with Dani Shapiro and Michael Maren. She currently teaches at Columbia University’s MFA  program and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

She grew up in Salem, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on twitter @hannahtinti.