Short Stories: In Search of BelongingSunday, May 8 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- In-Person and Live Streamed
Brower Center - Goldman Theater
What makes short stories so special (and so hard to write)? They deliver a gut-punch emotional payoff in the fewest possible words. What is this literary magic? A virtuoso of the genre will shed light on this, and so much more. Short-story maestro Colin Barrett has become a New Yorker staple with his razor-sharp, emotionally exacting tales. With Homesickness, the followup to his internationally award-sweeping debut Young Skins, Barrett, a Torontonian by way of Ireland, tells stories of County Mayo seekers who are lost and losing in equal measure, but groping for meaning and solid ground. With In the Event of Contact, celebrated author Ethel Rohan, a San Franciscan also by way of Ireland, tells short stories largely set in Dublin, her home city, that continue her fixation on fracture, displacement, and hauntology, and center characters infected in various ways who are intent on recovery. They’ll be interviewed by short story writer and critic Jane Ciabattari, author of the collection Stealing the Fire.
The bookstore partner for this session is Eastwind Books of Berkeley! Buy the books online at Bookshop.org or purchase them in person at the Festival. More information here.
Book signing information: East Wind Books Tent at the Bookstore Blv (corner of Allston & Milvia in the Outdoor Fair) at in the park, 3:15 PM
With the support of Culture Ireland