Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum and Sarah Cannon
Award-winning Seattle short-fiction writer and high school English teacher Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum and debut memoir author Sarah Cannon, also of Seattle, read together tonight from their new books. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum’s newest collection, What We Do With the Wreckage (University of Georgia Press), is the recipient of the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for this book, to go with an earlier PEN/O. Henry Prize.
“How rare is the writer who truly understands invisibility: the invisibility of being young and the very different sort that plagues those grown old; the fraught invisibility of motherhood and that of being a girl in this world who is disappearing from the inside out. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum sees these people, gives them form and substance through language that is graceful and nuanced, at times humorous, nearly always compassionate, often (enough) hopeful. A beautiful, deeply compelling collection.” —Lori Ostlund.
Sarah Cannon’s memoir, The Shame of Losing (Red Hen Press), is a testament to resilience and life in the face of considerable personal and familial trauma. “Sarah Cannon’s memoir navigates trauma’s juggernaut in a way so compelling the reader witnesses the opening catastrophe through the lens of her experience. The sense of attunement to her journey continues throughout the aftermath of the initial crisis. Over time, Sarah comes to know herself in the context of her profoundly altered life. With fierce unflinching grist, she faces the unrelenting learning her struggle demands and emerges with discerning clarity. Her courage is palpable and inspires. ”— Joan Fiset. “This book sings! I could NOT stop reading.” -Rebecca Brown.