Sharma Shields, Simeon Mills, & Megan Kruse
Spokane fiction writer Sharma Shields, author of the story collection Favorite Monster and the Washington State Book Award-winning novel, The Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac, is here tonight to read from her new, World War II-era novel, The Cassandra (Henry Holt). Originally scheduled for last February but cancelled due to snow, we are glad to welcome her back to Seattle at last!
"The Cassandra feels powerfully—chillingly—relevant to our own political moment, even as it unfolds against the bleak splendor of the 1940s American West. It’s a harrowing story, beautifully told, of patriarchy and violence intertwining to make a combustible monster; and of the woman who speaks the truth about this monster, only to be dismissed as unhinged." --Leni Zumas.
"The Cassandra is a magnificent exploration of the consequences—both incredible and devastating—of human ingenuity and human intuition. This novel is full of magic and hope, even while it brings up to the light some of our darkest past." --Ramona Ausubel. Joining her this evening are two Washington writers.
Simeon Mills, whose novel, The Obsoletes (Skybound Books), is a “thought-provoking coming-of-age novel about two human-like teen robots navigating high school, basketball, and potentially life-threatening consequences if their true origins are discovered by the inhabitants of their intolerant 1980s Michigan hometown.”
Seattle writer Megan Kruse is best known for her novel, Call Me Home (Hawthorne Books). “Megan Kruse is a young writer of raw and fearless talent and Call Me Home showcases all she can do. She writes here of harrowing lives -- of a family bent and broken by violence, where each person is desperately trying to somehow grow toward light and liberation. In the process, she offers a most unlikely tale of hardness and hustle, of grace and loss, of painful love and tough breaks and the unimaginable paths we must all eventually take toward survival. -- Elizabeth Gilbert.