Co-presented as part of SEATTLE LIT CRAWL. One of Seattle’s more accomplished writers, one who doesn’t always get the attention her work merits, Laurie Blauner is the author of three previous novels (all published by Seattle’s Black Heron Press) and seven books of poetry. She is here tonight as part of Lit Crawl 2017, with a strong new novel, The Solace of Monsters (Leapfrog Press). “In a slim novel divided into four parts, Blauner (It Looks Worse Than I Am, 2014, etc.) explores the themes of Frankenstein in the context of a bizarre father-daughter relationship and a quest for self-understanding.” -Kirkus Reviews. “If Solace was like its protagonist - built from others’ body parts - it might draw its parts from Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and, naturally, Frankenstein. In the end, Solace is its own weird and wonderful creation, the story of the fifth version of a daughter who, despite being haunted by lives she’s never led...simply wants to be herself.” -Mark Brazaitis. “Blauner never shies away from the grotesque, or the beautiful … Courageous and inventive and mesmerizing, Frankenstein for a new age.” -Helen Phillips. Seattle Lit Crawl is one of 7 nationwide. Now in its fifth year, Lit Crawl features an evening filled with free readings and talks by over 80 writers in venues around Capitol and First Hill. These 45 minute appearances begin at 6,7,8 and 9 p.m.and are followed by a 10 pm Afterparty. A complete schedule of authors and venues will be available at litcrawl.org/seattle in October.