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From the award-winning author of Music Through the Floor and Model Home, a riveting and profoundly moving story collection by a writer that the Los Angeles Times described as, “uncannily in tune with the heartbreak and absurdity of domestic life.”
A boy on the edge of adolescence fears his mother might be a robot; a psychotically depressed woman is entrusted with taking her niece and nephew trick-or-treating; a reluctant dad brings his baby to a coke-fueled party; a teenage boy tries to prevent his mother from putting his estranged father’s dogs to sleep. Ranging from a youth arts camp to an aging punk band’s reunion tour, from a dystopian future where parents no longer exist to a ferociously independent bookstore, Last Day on Earth revolves around the endlessly complex, frequently surreal system that is family.
Eric Puchner is the author of the collection Music Through the Floor, a finalist for the California Book Award and the NYPL Young Lions of Fiction Award, and of the novel Model Home, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize. Eric is a former Stegner Fellow, a Pushcart Prize winner and winner of an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies including Best American Short Stories, Zoetrope, Best American Non-Required Reading, Tin House, and Granta. His personal essays appear regularly in GQ, Medium, and elsewhere. Eric is a professor in the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the novelist Katharine Noel, and their two children.
Nate Brown is a Baltimore writer whose fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, Carolina Quarterly, Five Chapters, REAL, Wag's Revue, and elsewhere. He has also written reviews, essays, and has performed interviews for LitHub, Publisher's Weekly, Diagram, Barrelhouse, and other publications. A graduate of Cornell University and the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has worked at Random House as an editorial assistant; at The L Magazine where he founded the book reviews page; and at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. From the fall of 2012 until the fall of 2014, he served as the Deputy Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, DC. During the 2014-2015 school year, he worked to expand PEN/Faulkner's Writers in Schools program to Baltimore City high schools. Currently, he is the managing editor of American Short Fiction magazine and he teaches English at Stevenson University and creative writing at George Washington University. He lives in Baltimore.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm