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July 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Three young writers you should know, Jodi Angel, Jennine Capó Crucet, and Peter Mountford, each read from short stories and essays about the seedier parts of life that will make you laugh, cringe, and be thankful you aren’t one of their characters. Hosted by memoirist Elissa Washuta.
The reading is free. The bar will be open, and books are for sale.
About the Authors
Jodi Angel is the author of the short story collections “You Only Get Letters from Jail” and “The History of Vegas,” which was named as a San Francisco Chronicle “Best Book of 2005” as well as a LA Times Book Review “Discovery.” Her work has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her stories have received several Pushcart Prize nominations and she was selected for Special Mention in 2007. Most recently Jodi’s story, “A Good Deuce,” was noted as a “Distinguished Story” in The Best American Stories 2012. She grew up in a small town in Northern California–in a family of girls.
Jennine Capó Crucet’s first book, “How to Leave Hialeah,” won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the John Gardner Book Prize, the Devil’s Kitchen Award in Prose, and was named a Best Book of the Year by The Miami Herald, the New Times, and the Latinidad List. She’s published stories in the O. Henry Prize Anthology (2011), Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, The Rumpus, and other magazines. A former sketch comedienne and NPR scriptwriter, she’s the fiction editor of PEN Center USA’s Handbook for Writers and a faculty member of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program.
Peter Mountford’s debut novel, “A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. His second novel, “The Dismal Science,” will be published in early 2014 by Tin House Books. For his work on The Dismal Science, he was awarded a 4Culture Grant, a grant from the city of Seattle, and the Corporation of Yaddo’s Wallace Fellowship for a Distinguished Writer. Since graduating from the University of Washington’s MFA program in 2006, Peter’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, Salon, Granta, ZYZZYVA, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. He’s currently a writer-in-residence at Hugo House and at Seattle Arts and Lectures.