A first hint of a new book from Seattle writer Donna Miscolta was in the form of a postcard with a beautiful papercut design, now fully realized as the cover of her new new book, Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories (Carolina Wren Press). Through her stories, we get to know three generations of this family, which has roots in Mexico and in Southern California. Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the 2015 Doris Bakwin Prize for Writing by a Woman. “Donna Miscolta brings the old streets to burning life. I can hear these voices, I can smell the cooking. The ghosts step out of these alleys as if they’d never left. Wonderful stuff.” —Luis Urrea. “Hola and Goodbye is a marvelous and assured story collection. Each story is surprising, moving, humorous, and smart. With deftness and nuance, Miscolta captures three generations of one American family and their sometimes-flawed humanity as each generation works to find their place in the world. There is a poignancy as every generation, with their singular desires, strives to create their own lives, all while experiencing different kinds of dislocation. Miscolta isn’t afraid to tackle race or gender – she is unflinching. This book tells a new kind of immigrant story, a new kind of story about what it means to be a family. This is a superb collection whose range is not only impressive, it’s remarkable. – Nina McConigley. Donna Miscolta is also author of the novel, When the De la Cruz Family Danced. A night to celebrate.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122