Virtual Event: Ethel Rohan in conversation with Clare Beams

THURSDAY , MAY 27th AT 6 PM

Ethel Rohan

In the Event of Contact: Stories

In Conversation with Clare Beams

 

 

On Thursday, May 27th at 6 PM, we are pleased to welcome back Ethel Rohan for her new collection of short stories, In the Event of ContactIn it she chronicles characters profoundly affected by physical connection, or its lack. Among them, a scrappy teen vies to be the next Sherlock Holmes; an immigrant daughter must defend her decision to remain childless; a guilt-ridden woman is haunted by the disappearance of her childhood friend; a cantankerous crossing guard celebrates getting run over by a truck; an embattled priest with dementia determines to perform a heroic, redemptive act, if he can only remember how; and a young girl navigates crippling aversion to touch, even from her sisters. Amidst backgrounds of trespass and absence, the indelible characters of In the Event of Contact seek renewed belief in themselves, recovery, and humanity. Please join us on Thursday, May 27th for an incredible event with one of our favorite neighborhood authors!

We are pleased to announce that Clare Beams, author of The Illness Lesson and We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories, will be joining Ethel in conversation. Clare’s stories appear in EcotoneHayden’s Ferry Reviewn+1One Story, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading and she has been called “A female/feminist voice for the twenty-first century" by Joyce Carol Oates.

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About:

In the Event of Contact chronicles characters profoundly affected by physical connection, or its lack. Among them, a scrappy teen vies to be the next Sherlock Holmes; an immigrant daughter must defend her decision to remain childless; a guilt-ridden woman is haunted by the disappearance of her childhood friend; a cantankerous crossing guard celebrates getting run over by a truck; an embattled priest with dementia determines to perform a heroic, redemptive act, if he can only remember how; and a young girl navigates crippling aversion to touch, even from her sisters. Amidst backgrounds of trespass and absence, the indelible characters of In the Event of Contact seek renewed belief in themselves, recovery, and humanity.


About the Author:

Ethel Rohan is the author of In the Event of Contact, winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize (2021). Her debut novel The Weight of Him (St. Martin's Press and Atlantic Books, 2017) was an Amazon, Bustle, KOBO, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, and was shortlisted for the Reading Women Award. She is also the author of the story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for the Story Prize. Her work has appeared widely, including The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, PEN America, Tin House, Guernica, and more. Raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco where she is a member of the Writers Grotto.


 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 6:00pm
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In the Event of Contact: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781950539260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dzanc Books - May 18th, 2021

The Illness Lesson: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525565475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 9th, 2021