The University of Cincinnati’s Department of English and Comparative Literature continues its celebration of the written word with the annual Emerging Fiction Writers Festival Wednesday-Friday at various places across UC's campus. As its moniker might suggest, the festival has previously featured on-the-cusp authors like Sam Lipsyte (whose most recent novel, The Ask, is yet another bitingly hilarious satire about how we live today), Heidi Julavits, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, Tom Bissell and many more.
This year's participants include Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, whose most recent novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award and who was recently named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by The New Yorker; Holly Goddard Jones, whose well-received collection of short stories, Girl Trouble, was published last year; Nami Mun (pictured), whose debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, was lauded far and wide; and Kevin Wilson, whose 2009 short-story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, garnered its share of praise.
The three-day fest kicks off 7 p.m. Wednesday with a reading by Shun-Lien Bynum and Goddard Jones and continues Thursday and Friday with readings and “public conversations” with the writers on such topics as “The State of Contemporary American Fiction” and “Short Stories and Novels, Realism and Experimentalism.”
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