Rachel Swearingen with Donna Miscolta
This evening's event features two writer friends, each with a well received and recently published book, to our Virtual Stage. Rachel Swearingen, a former Seattleite now based in Chicago, reads from her debut story collection, How to Walk on Water and Other Stories (New American Press). These stories explore not only what it means to survive in a world marked by violence and uncertainty, but also how to celebrate what is most alive. Rachel Swearingen's stories and essays have appeared in VICE, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
"How to Walk on Water is a beautiful and timeless collection full of mystery. At the mercy of happenstance and calamity, these strangely familiar characters find the stark realities of their lives have become surreal. Swearingen’s assured voice, styled with lyrical noir, cuts through like a howl heard in the night. " —Melinda Moustakis.
And it’s always a pleasure for us to host Seattle writer Donna Miscolta, who is now the author of three books of fiction: When the de la Cruz Family Danced, Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories, and, most recently, Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories (Jaded Ibis Press). Set in California in the 1960s and '70s, the linked stories of Living Color follow Angie from kindergarten through high school, as she finds her voice as a writer, “It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen in love with a character as deeply as I fell for Living Color’s Angie Rubio. Donna Miscolta writes gorgeous, luminous sentences, at turns funny and heartbreaking, searing and wise, and—through the observations of one smart, shy, awesome young girl—she deftly exposes the casual and systemic racism of the 1960s and 70s. This is fiction at its very best: intimate, universal, historical, and relevant as hell to our current era. Angie Rubio is my new favorite protagonist; prepare for her to steal your heart.” —Sharma Shields.
(This book cannot be returned.)