Becky Mandelbaum & Pam Houston
Becky Mandelbaum, a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, reads from her debut short fiction collection, Bad Kansas: Stories (University of Georgia Press), a winner of that press’ prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
“With heart and precision, and a fresh and resilient humor, Bad Kansas reveals the lives people are living in that flyover state in a collection in which every sentence is a made thing, never merely a vehicle for conveying information to the reader. Mandelbaum's sharp eye for detail, a deep emotional intelligence, and a slightly canted--yet ultimately compassionate--worldview combine to produce complex, authentic, empathic characters, reminiscent of two of the greatest place-based collections ever: Richard Ford's Rock Springs and Annie Proulx's Close Range.” --Pam Houston.
Reading with Becky Mandelbaum tonight is her friend and teacher, Pam Houston, director of the literary nonprofit, Writing by Writers and author most recently of Contents May Have Shifted.