Two red hens (OK, they’re authors from Red Hen Press) will read from their new work, 7:00pm, Saturday, October 10, at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Erinn Batykefer reads poetry from Allegheny, Monongahela, and Greg Sanders reads from his collection of interrelated stories Motel Girl.
Using the confluence of rivers in Pittsburgh as a metaphorical lens, Allegheny, Monongahela probes the ruinous misalignment between the external and internal lives of two sisters and their childhood in Western Pennsylvania. Their complex and difficult relationship is the spine of the collection, told obliquely through a series of sonnets and ekphrastic meditations on the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Motel Girl amounts to an exploration of the contemporary laws of romance, longing and sex, of how the computerized, branded universe is now fully integrated into the fabric of our thought and behavior. Join in the journey, a frenetic and disarming joy ride. Taken as a whole, these stories create a new paradigm for the American short story, an expansion in narrative reach, creative power, and experimentation.
Details on this and all our events are here.–David E