Special UCD Writing Event - Lecture with short story author Deb Olin Unferth!

The Avid Reader is happy to anounce our participation with a series of writing lectures hosted by the University of California Davis, held at the Peter J. Shields Library (second floor, just upstairs to the left of the elevators, signs will be posted!), and their latest upcoming event on Tuesday, January 15th beginning at 7 p.m., with short story author Deb Olin Unferth

The 2018–19 Creative Writing Reading Series at UC Davis will bring acclaimed, long-established writers along with emerging writers starting in October. The series is organized by the Department of English creative writing program in the College of Letters and Science.

 

The Featured Titles for Sale at this January Event:

I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel 

Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories

Vacation

 

More on this month's featured author, Deb Olin Unferth:

For more than ten years, Deb Olin Unferth has been publishing startlingly askew, wickedly comic, cutting-edge fiction in magazines such as Granta, Harper’s MagazineMcSweeney’sNOON, and TheParis Review. Unferth is the author of the story collection Minor Robberies and the novel Vacation, winner of the 2009 Cabell First Novelist Award and a New York Times Book Review Critics' Choice. Her work has also been featured in The Believer, and the Boston Review. She has received two Pushcart Prizes and a 2009 Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature and was a Harper's Bazaar Editors' Choice: Name to Know in 2011. She teaches at Wesleyan University and currently lives in New York.

 

More on her featured titles at this event:

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I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel -

"[Unferth's] language is sly and bitterly funny, matched in mood by Haidle’s monochromatic, inkwash-style artwork, which plays up the story’s whimsy as well as its sadness." ―The New York Times Book Review

Daphne is willing to risk everything to get her son back. Surreal, funny and deeply affecting, I, Parrot is the tale of mother, a son, forty-two endangered parrots, and a fierce search for redemption and a "freer world."

When Daphne loses custody of her son, she is willing to do whatever it takes to get him back―even if it means enlisting the help of the wayward love of her life, a trio of housepainters, a flock of passenger pigeons, a landlady from hell, a super-sized bag of mite-killing powder, and more parrots than she knows what to do with. 

I, Parrot, by acclaimed author Deb Olin Unferth with stunning illustrations by artist Elizabeth Haidle, dips into the surreal with poignancy and humor. In this riveting, funny, and tragic graphic novel, Daphne must risk everything. Her quest is ultimately a tale about civilization’s decline, the heartbreak of extinction, and the redemption found in individual revolution.

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Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories -

Unferth's stories are revered by some of the best American writers of our day, but until now there has been no stand-alone collection of her short fiction. 

Wait Till You See Me Dance consists of several extraordinary longer stories as well as a selection of intoxicating very short stories. In the chilling “The First Full Thought of Her Life,” a shooter gets in position while a young girl climbs a sand dune. In “Voltaire Night,” students compete to tell a story about the worst thing that ever happened to them. In “Stay Where You Are,” two oblivious travelers in Central America are kidnapped by a gunman they assume to be an insurgent—but the gunman has his own problems.

An Unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth’s unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.

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Vacation -

Critically acclaimed on its hardcover publication, and praised for its playful inventiveness and delightful prose, Deb Olin Unferth’s debut novel, Vacation, features three characters—a man, his wife, and a stranger with ties to them both. With his wife suspiciously absent in the evenings, the man, Myers, follows his unnamed spouse on her evening escapades and soon realizes that she is following the stranger, Gray, a former classmate of Myers whose own marriage has fallen apart. What follows is an unusual, unsettling, and wildly entertaining novel unlike any you’ve read in a long time. With deadpan humor and skewed wordplay, Deb Olin Unferth weaves a mystery of hope and heartbreak.

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Peter J. Shields Library
Second Floor
Davis, CA 95616
I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781936787654
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Balloon Publishing - November 1st, 2017

Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - March 21st, 2017

Vacation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802144720
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grove Press - March 30th, 2010