Anne Valente came to Wright State for a reading this past Wednesday, and by god, she was as charming as her fiction. I love it when I like writers as much as I like their writing. She was gracious with her time, attentive to students and their questions, and read with authority and grace.
She lives in Cincinnati and I hope we keep in touch. What a treat to keep meeting such awesome local authors.
Huge thanks to Jane Blakelock for the wonderful pics!
Anne Valente is coming to Wright State for a reading next semester and I couldn’t be more excited. Her first book By Light We Knew Our Names is full of fun and inventive stories. You can read my review of it over at Heavy Feather Review.
She’ll be reading on campus at 6:00, Wednesday, January 21 at the Stein Gallery in the Creative Arts Center building. Mark your calendars!
A big thanks to Adam Brooke Davis for the review of It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories in Green Hills Literary Lantern. He writes, “There are numerous worthy currents in the class stream of the distinctively American short story. One of them, the best in my view, is the modest rumination, carried out through close observation, in unpretentious prose, of worthwhile people in ordinary circumstances. Flanagan fishes in that stream; she has he eye and intuition to plop her float easily and naturally where things are moving in the depths.”
You can read the full review here.
I’ll be at the Ohioana Book Festival this Saturday, May 10, in Columbus. For most of the day you can find me at the book fair, or from 11:30-12:15, at a panel with Tom Barlow and Lucy Snyder on the awesomeness of short stories. For a full list of authors check here, and for a full schedule, here.
Plus, food trucks! Here’s to not having Korean BBQ in my teeth when I introduce myself to David Giffels.