Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom: Kevin Brockmeier in conversation with Anjali Sachdeva

Kevin Brockmeier, Ghost Variations

Please join us to celebrate the release of Kevin Brockmeier's new collection of stories, The Ghost Variations for a reading and conversation with Anjali Sachdeva.

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Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble, calls the book: “A teeming throng of stories in miniature in my favorite mode by one of my favorite writers. Brockmeier’s ghosts range from the wistful to the terrifying—I could only wish that there were one hundred more.” Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties says,“The Ghost Variations is pure Kevin Brockmeier—lush and playful and devastating and brilliant; a haunted hotel with a hundred rooms and a hundred doors, behind which lie a hundred perfect and terrifying dioramas. It’s been ages since I’ve been this profoundly sated by a story collection, and I loved every minute of it.”

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the memoir A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip; the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; the story collections The Ghost Variations, Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer; and the children’s novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He teaches frequently at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

Anjali Sachdeva’s short story collection,  All the Names They Used for God, was the winner of the 2019 Chautauqua Prize and was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR. Her fiction has been published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's Quarterly, and Lightspeed, among others. Sachdeva is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the low-residency MFA program at Randolph College. She spent much of her childhood reading fantasy novels and waiting to be whisked away to an alternate universe. Instead, she lives in Pittsburgh, which is pretty wonderful as far as places in this universe go.

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