Co-presented with ALASKA QUARTERLY REVIEW. Two fiction writers out of Tacoma with first books read here this evening. Jason Skipper, who presently teaches creative writing and literature at Pacific Lutheran University, is here with a highly touted debut novel, Hustle (Press 53). Three generations are blessed—and cursed—with the same propensities. "A Southern portrait of the artist as a young man, with marvelous characters that keep you savoring every scene." โ€“ Jaimy Gordon. "The central truth of Hustle is that we're all on the edge of a cliff. This is a fine story, honestly told." โ€“ Charles Baxter. Originally from Alaska, Melinda Moustakis uses her home ground as setting for her Flannery O'Connor Award-winning debut collection, Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories (University of Georgia Press). "Every so often—make that, all too rarely—a work of fiction that is rooted in place appears in which the very language—natural and elemental—seems as much a feature of the terroir as the weather, soil, trees, rivers. Writers of the American South—Twain, Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty—come immediately to mind. Bear Down, Bear North is set a long way from the American South. But Melinda Moustakis has in her debut collection of linked stories written such a book." โ€“ Stuart Dybek.
Event date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
98122 Seattle
Hustle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935708346
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Press 53 - May 25th, 2011

Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820338934
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2011