Book reading & signing with Katy Resch George, author of Exposure, Gretchen Comba, author of The Stillness of the Picture, and Patricia Grace King, author of Day of All Saints. Free & open to the public.
About Exposure: From the Dust Bowl to The Magic Kingdom, the Rust Belt to the casinos of Atlantic City, Exposure captures the slow- burn dramas of regret and desire that smolder across America. A grieving photographer blurs time with long exposures and darkroom fumes, inhaled hard. An abused young man searches the woods for abandoned children raised by wolves. A recovering addict takes his grown daughters on a Disney vacation, two decades too late. Collecting layered long stories and lyrical flash fictions, Exposure presents a poignant and formally surprising look at longing, family bonds, and the ever- human effort to reconcile our pasts with our hopes for the future. Evocative and wryly funny, Exposure marks the debut of a gifted and sensitive writer.
About The Stillness of the Picture: Set in locations up and down the East Coast, these eight evocative stories explore the quiet ripples beneath the surface of everyday life. Although the characters rarely raise their voices, they are animated by the deep emotional undercurrents of desire, disillusion, and loss. In "The History of Florida," an idealistic young woman is consumed by her boyfriend's construction of Florida, the state in which he grew up, and to which he wishes to return. In "The New Millennium," a woman is enticed by her lover's desire for modernity, but discovers that she, like her older brother, is tied to tradition. And in "Rome," a forty-five year old man expects his teenaged daughter to be bound to his tragic legacy. With understated lyricism, the stories in The Stillness of the Picture touch on the ever-present past that haunts all of our lives
About Day of All Saints: Martín Silva de Choc, childhood survivor of an army massacre during the Guatemalan civil war, and now a language-school teacher in Guatemala City, falls in love with his American student, Abby, and follows her home to Chicago on a fiancé visa. Days before their wedding, however, Abby goes missing, and on a Halloween afternoon Martín embarks on a search that leads from the ghost- strewn yards of Chicago's North Side to the Lincoln Park Conservatory—and ultimately back to his violent past. A story about repressed secrets and the limits of love, Day of All Saints traces the effects of historical trauma on individual lives.