Horizontal TabsDescription Author Aja Gabel presents a reading of her debut novel, "The Ensemble." Inspired Gabel's own study of classical music, "The Ensemble" follows the Van Ness String Quartet from youthful beginnings to adult success. Along the way, the diverse musicians experience victories and tragedies, triumphing over adversity and personal differences through their shared love of music. Hear "The Ensemble" read by its author and receive a free copy of the book with your ticket purchase. Artists Aja Gabel's debut novel, "The Ensemble," is out now from Riverhead Books. Her short fiction can be found in the Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, BOMB, and elsewhere. She studied writing at Wesleyan University and the University of Virginia, and has a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Aja has been the recipient of awards from Inprint, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She currently lives and writes in Los Angeles. "Aja Gabel is a phenomenon." —Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night "Aja Gabel is a brilliant young writer with the rare gift of an old soul." —Mat Johnson, author of "Pym and Loving Day" "Aja Gabel contains at least four complete human beings inside her, and I'm guessing countless others. She knows these people down to their cells, and she gives all of herself to them." —Kevin Brockmeier, author of "The Brief History of the Dead"