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The fifteen stories in The Loss of All Lost Things explore the unpredictable ways in which characters negotiate, experience and manage various forms of loss. They lose loved ones; they lose their security and self-worth; they lose children; they lose their ability to hide and shield their emotions; they lose their reputations, their careers, their hometowns and their life savings. Often depicting the awkward moments when characters are torn between decision and outcome, The Loss of All Lost Things focuses on moments of regret and yearning.
Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: At-Risk, Now We Will Be Happy and the The Loss of All Lost Things. At-Risk was awarded the Flannery O’Connor Award, The First Horizon Award and the Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction Award. Now We Will Be Happy was awarded the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Award. The Loss of All Lost Things was awarded the Elixir Press Award in Fiction. Gautier was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, was educated at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania and has taught creative writing and African American literature at Marquette University, St. Joseph’s University, Washington University in St. Louis and DePaul University. She currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.
Susan Muaddi Darraj’s short story collection about the inhabitants of a Palestinian West Bank village, Tel al-Hilou, spans generations and continents to explore ideas of memory, belonging, connection and, ultimately, the deepest and richest meaning of home. A Curious Land: Stories from Home gives voice to the experiences of Palestinians in the last century.
Darraj is Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, and a Lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University’s MA in Writing program. A Curious Land was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007. Susan is a former editor at Barrelhouse Magazine and The Baltimore Review. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in New York Stories, The Orchid Literary Review, Mizna, Sukoon, Banipal and elsewhere.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 7:00pm