Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Author Reading and Q & A at Willamette University on November 8

Lidia Yuknavitch, an outstanding writer of three books of short stories, a memoir, and a forthcoming novel, is coming to Salem to give a reading and a Q&A on Tuesday, November 8, in Willamette University's Hatfield Library, at 7:30 p.m.

Why go to author readings? There is something about being in a room and talking about writing with an actual living author that tends to re-animate your creativity and your drive to write. They are a great chance to learn things about writing and to become a part of the local writing community.

Here’s more information about Lidia Yuknavitch, taken from Willamette University’s notice about the event:

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three volumes of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Forms At War (FC2), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil). She teaches writing, literature, film, and Women’s Studies in Oregon.

Since its release last year, The Chronology of Water has garnered rave reviews in dozens of publications, including Publisher’s Weekly: “This isn’t a memoir ‘about’ addiction, abuse, or love: it’s a triumphantly unrelenting look at a life buoyed by the power of the written word.”