Author’s Forum Presents:If a Stranger Approaches You: A Conversation with Laura Kasischke and Megan Levad

December 1, 2014

Author’s Forum Presents:If a Stranger Approaches You: A Conversation with Laura Kasischke and Megan Levad

In her first collection of short stories, Laura Kasischke exposes the dark heart of the domestic—it’s wrapped in shabby silk, tucked away in a dresser drawer. If A Stranger Approaches You reminds us that intersection of the bizarre and the quotidian is always at play. Memorial statues and raggedy dolls seem to come to life, a man listens to the electric menace of suburban power lines while he struggles with his failed marriage, and the little boy and his dog knocking on the door might be Death in disguise. Surreal and darkly comic, these are stories that know the unexpected graces and random collisions that drive and haunt us. As one of her narrators remarks, “What a thing, this life.” – Amazon.com

Laura Kasischke is Allan Seager Colleagiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan. Recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, 2012, she has published nine novels, three of which have been made into feature films—The Life Before Her EyesSuspicious RiverWhite Bird in a Blizzard—and eight books of poetry.

Megan Levad is the assistant director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & CommentaryAnOtherDenver Quarterly, among other publications and anthologies. She also writes lyrics for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster. 

Start: December 1, 2014 5:30 pm
End: December 1, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: Hatcher Graduate Library
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
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