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Saturday, April 23 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Celebrating the Short Story

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Join us for a panel discussion celebrating the magic of the short story form, featuring Brandon Hobson, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Beth Piatote, Joseph Holt, and Sayantani Dasgupta. This is a star-studded panel of writers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, who are all masters of the short story. The writers will discuss the craft of storytelling and the road to publication for individual short stories as well as collections.

This event is sponsored in part by Must Read FictionMust Read Fiction began because reader and writer Erin Popelka believes that her life is better when she’s got a novel in hand. In 2017, she started Must Read Fiction, a social media community to meet other readers who feel the same way. The result: a vibrant place for readers to connect to their next great read, hear the story behind the story with author interviews, and receive free books!

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Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (Riverhead, 2017). Evocative, wrenching, and subversive, this dazzlingly accomplished collection explores the times that bind us - parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends - to one... Read More →
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Sayantani Dasgupta

Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani Dasgupta is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is the author of Women Who Misbehave (Penguin Random House), Fire Girl: Essays On India, America, & The In-Between (Two... Read More →
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Brandon Hobson

Dr. Brandon Hobson received his PhD from Oklahoma State University. He is the author of four books, including the recent novel, The Removed. His novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Reading the West Award, and longlisted for... Read More →
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Joseph Holt

Joseph Holt is author of the story collection Golden Heart Parade (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2021). His writing has appeared in The Sun, Prairie Schooner, and J Journal: New Writing on Justice. Holt graduated from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and... Read More →
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Beth Piatote

Beth Piatote is a Nez Perce poet, playwright, fiction writer, and scholar. She is author of two books, including The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint 2019) which was longlisted for the PEN/Bingham prize for Debut Short Story Collection and the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and shortlisted... Read More →

Saturday April 23, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom