Prairie Lights Virtual | Renée Branum in conversation with Jessie Gaynor

Defenestrate book cover

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Renée Branum to celebrate the release of her new book Defenestrate. She will be joined in conversation by Jessie Gaynor.

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Annie Hartnett, author of RABBIT CAKE and LITTLE ANIMALS, calls the book, “Gorgeously written and imaginative, Defenestrate is a beautiful novel about the family stories we tell and how they echo on through generations. Rich and intimate, this novel will stay with me.”

Renée Branum has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Montana and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Narrative Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, BrevityAlaska Quarterly Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. She was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship in 2020. She currently lives in Cincinnati, where she is pursuing a PhD in Fiction.

Jessie Gaynor is a Senior Editor at Literary Hub. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris Review DailyMcSweeney's, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Random House. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. 

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