Thursday, January 21at 7 PM
The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21209
Come hear DC writers David Ebenbach and Leslie Pietrzyk, and Baltimore writer Kathy Flann read from new books.
David’s newest book, his first full-length collection of poetry, We Were the People Who Moved, is “a journey across America…a journey you will be grateful for having taken” (poet Jesse Lee Kercheval), and “a post-modern ‘wagons west’ of dislocation, brief homesteading, and the threads of regeneration” (poet David Gewanter). Poet Kelly Cherry calls We Were the People Who Moved “a book of continual brilliance.”
Leslie's short fiction collection, This Angel on My Chest, won the Drue Heinz Prize at University of Pittsburgh Press. It's a collection of unconventionally linked stories, each about a different young woman whose husband dies suddenly and unexpectedly. Ranging from traditional stories to lists, a quiz, a YouTube link, and even a lecture about creative writing, the stories grasp to put into words the ways in which we all cope with unspeakable loss.
Kathy's collection of short stories, Get a Grip, all set in Baltimore, won the George Garrett Award at Texas Review Press. Writer Stephen O'Connor says, "In her smart and beautifully observed stories, Kathy Flann drops us straight into the complex lives of a collection of imperfect strivers, who want love, want to be good, or want somehow to transcend their makeshift existences, and who are often their own worst enemies. Each of these tales is simultaneously a portrait of its grim-funny, yet touching protagonist and of a land, very like the United States, where everything is possible, and nothing is quite what it should be."