Steve Almond: A Night of Bad Stories @ Hotel Sorrento, Seattle [28 February]

Steve Almond: A Night of Bad Stories

19:00 - 21:00

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Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison St, Seattle, Washington 98104
“For the past six months—rather than simply lying awake in a pool of my own dread—I’ve been writing a book that attempts to make sense of the election…”

So began an email to us from writer Steve Almond. Like a lot of Americans, Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election in a state of bewilderment. His new book, BAD STORIES (Red Hen Press) is an effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces.

Following the premise that we can only understand our political moment by examining the bad stories that laid the predicate, Almond relies on writers such as Melville, Orwell, Baldwin, and Vonnegut to understand how the American story arrived at this point.

Almond will read from BAD STORIES, followed by an onstage conversation with Peter Mountford. Books will be for sale from Elliott Bay Book Company.

This event is free to the public.

— STEVE ALMOND is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers CANDYFREAK and AGAINST FOOTBALL. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.

PETER MOUNTFORD‘s novel A YOUNG MAN'S GUIDE TO LATE CAPITALISM won a 2012 Washington State Book Award. His second novel, THE DISMAL SCIENCE, was published in February, 2014. A former Hugo House writer-in-residence, Peter is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s low residency MFA program.
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