A very special night is in store as Joy Williams, one of the most highly regarded fiction writers at work over the past several decades, makes a rare and most welcome Seattle appearance. Never prolific - the author of four novels and three earlier collections of stories, as well as nonfiction work - she is here tonight for her sumptuous big new book of stories, The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (Knopf). “Joy Williams has been enlightening us for a very long time about the short story but now in her collected stories we see the breadth and power of her vision. This is an important moment for American writing.” - Thomas McGuane. “A brilliant spawn of Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor, Williams blends mordant wit, uncanny characters, and weirdly familiar landscapes and locales .. By turns these narratives soothe, then surprise, then shock with jolts of recognition, recoil, and naked redemption.” - Elle. “Beautiful … unsettling … the best American short stories of the past two decades.” - Los Angeles Times.