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Saturday, April 23 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
An Evening with Brandon Hobson and Lesley Nneka Arimah

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We are thrilled to welcome you back to The Bing Crosby Theater for one of 2022’s headlining events—a reading to celebrate the highly-acclaimed fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Brandon Hobson. Arimah’s stories have been honored with a National Magazine Award, a Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her debut collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky won multiple awards and earned her a spot on the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. The collection focuses on the lives and experiences of Nigerian women and how to deal with the heavy burden of grief. Her writing expertly weaves in speculative elements to everyday scenarios. Arimah allows the reader a different lens on important topics like gender norms, colonialism, and immigration. Hobson is the author of The Removed, as well as the novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, winner of the Reading the West Award, and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. His novels highlight the remnants of ancestral trauma through societal justice systems and norms, connection between the natural and spiritual, and familial loss and grief. The authors will be reading their work and engaging in conversation with Spokane writer Alexis M. Smith.

We would like to thank STCU Best of Broadway for their sponsorship of this event!

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Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith is the author of the novels Glaciers, a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award, and Marrow Island, winner of a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her short fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in Portland Review, Moss, Tin... 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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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 →

Saturday April 23, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Bing Crosby Theater 901 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201, USA