Rita Bullwinkel - BELLY UP, in conversation with Maurice Ruffin

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Rita Bullwinkel - BELLY UP, in conversation with Maurice Ruffin Come welcomefiction writer Rita Bullwinkel presenting and signing her new book, BELLY UP: Stories, in conversation with New Orleans writer Maurice Ruffin. The stories of Belly Up occupy the space between the familiar and the surreal. Through fiercely intelligent prose and quotidian moments, a receptionist becomes fascinated with harp music, two high school girls debate taking gym class and a bored beauty corresponds with an inmate. Fantastical stories filled with ghosts, mediums and carnivorous churches find humanity and warmth in the grotesque. The characters and voices of Belly Up, whether a sentient snake who eats children or a widow building a life without her husband, are all seeking to find a way to cope with the bodies they’ve been given and the bodies they must encounter. These stunning stories take place in the spaces between ordinary objects and events. They are mysterious, strange, and fearlessly funny in their expression of human isolation, and they contain the existential surprises of great literature. Belly Up is a powerful debut by an unusually gifted writer.” - Lorrie Moore Rita Bullwinkel’s writing has been published in Tin House, Conjunctions, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Both her fiction and her translation have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is an Editor at Large at McSweeney's. She live in San Francisco. This is her first book. Maurice Carlos Ruffin earned an MFA with distinction from the University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop. The Workshop awarded his short story collection its Joanna Leake Prize for Fiction Thesis. He is an essayist, performer, interviewer, panel moderator, speaker, and literary curator. His debut novel, We Cast A Shadow, will be published by Random House in Jan. 2019. Find him online at: https://loweramericanson.com/. Event date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 6:00am Event address: Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

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