Monday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m.
To celebrate the fellowship’s 20th Anniversary, PEN Center USA has opened The Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members who bring their Author Evening ticket; non-members can purchase tickets here.
Author Evening Series events include a brief reading, conversation, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Monday, July 11th Author Evening at 7 p.m. features important West Coast novelists, Lidia Yuknavitch & Cynthia Bond, reading respectively from their novels The Small Backs of Children & Ruby.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of Dora: A Headcase; the memoir The Chronology of Water; three books of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel; and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories of Violence. Her writing has appeared in publications including Ms., The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Another Chicago Magazine, The Sun, Exquisite Corpse, TANK, and in the anthologies Life As We Show It, Wreckage of Reason, Forms at War, Feminaissance, and Representing Bisexualities, as well as online at The Rumpus. She writes, teaches, and lives in Portland, Oregon with the filmmaker Andy Mingo and their Renaissance man son, Miles. She is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award for Reader’s Choice, a PNBA Award, and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. She is a very good swimmer.
Cynthia Bond is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel Ruby is the latest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Ruby was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, an Indie Next Pick, and a finalist for the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. In addition, Ruby was a Black Caucus of American Library Association 2015 Honor Book for Fiction and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, andPublishers Weekly. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Bond attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, then the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. Bond has taught writing to at-risk and homeless youth for more than fifteen years. She is currently completing the second book in the Ruby Trilogy for Hogarth and writing the Ruby screenplay for Harpo Films. A native of East Texas, Bond lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.