Jonathan Corcoran (The Rope Swing), Rion Amilcar Scott (Insurrections: Stories), and Paula Whyman (You May See A Stranger) read from their collections of short stories.
Why Should You Attend?
“Jonathan Corcoran’s Appalachian voice, so fierce, so tender, portrays tradition as both weapon and soothing balm. The Rope Swing takes us inside quiet revolutions of the soul in mountain towns far from Stonewall: we can never go home again, but we recognize ourselves in these linked stories of love, loss, the economic tyranny of neglect and exploitation, and the lifelong alliance between those who stay and those who leave. The Rope Swing establishes a new American writer whose unerring instincts are cause for celebration.”—Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, Lark and Termite, and Black Tickets
A wildly impressive and ambitious collection of stories, Rion Amilcar Scott’s Insurrections affirms that it can be the smallest human choices – of tenderness, kindness, and cruelty, that make our people, and our world, what it is.” ―Lisa Williams, associate professor of English at Centre College and author of Gazelle in the House
“Whyman’s debut is an honest and sharply observed linked story collection, spanning the life of Miranda Weber from her teens through her late 40s. … Themes of love, sex, politics, and family run through the collection, and every detail has satisfying echoes later on. Together, these smart, artful stories capture a woman’s life and the moments that define her.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review.