Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 15th Readings (Finale): Rachel Louise Snyder, Jeffrey Condran, Peter Grandbois, and Emily Mitchell

It is great sadness that we announce the last 510 Readings. For a series that promised to bring you quality fiction "for the rest of your life," we've have a great 7-year run. We thank Peggy and Minas Konsolas and the use of Minas Gallery (closing in February) for their support of the series and generous gift of space. We thank readers from all over the country (and some from all over the world) for gracing our podium, and for all of you who came out to support them. We couldn't have done it without you. Love, Jen.

This very special 510 will be hosted by Elise Levine (although I will be in attendance, I swear!) I hope you will come out for a very special sendoff.

Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of the novel What We've Lost is Nothing (January 2014, Scribner), and has been named an "important new voice" in fiction by the Library Journal. She has been a journalist for the past eighteen years, covering stories of struggle and survival for the New Yorker, the New Republic, Slate, Salon, and the New York Times Magazine. Snyder has also been a regular voice on public radio, contributing to This American Life, Marketplace, and All Things Considered, among others. She hosted the radio shows Latitudes and the Global Guru. Her first book, Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade (W. W. Norton), was featured on more than twenty-five local and national public radio shows, including This American Life (for which she won an Overseas Press Award). She received an MFA in fiction from Emerson College. She now lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at American University.

Jeffrey Condran is the author of the story collection A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53). His debut novel, Prague Summer, will be published by Counterpoint in August 2014. His fiction has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Epoch and has been awarded the 2010 William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.

Peter Grandbois is the author of the novel The Gravedigger, selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program and Booklist as one of the best books of 2006, as well as The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir, chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, the novel, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Awards for 2011, and a collection of surreal flash fictions, Domestic Disturbances (Subito Press, 2013) chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best books of the year. His essays, plays, and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. He is an associate editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio.

Emily Mitchell's first novel, The Last Summer of the World (W. W. Norton), was a finalist for the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, and New England Review, among other magazines. Her first collection of short stories is forthcoming in Spring 2015. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland.